Switching to a Standing Desk

July 22, 2013
My standing desk setup

My new standing desk setup

As you can probably tell from reading previous posts, it sometimes takes me a long time to actually do something I’ve set my mind to. That’s how it was with a standing desk. I had read countless articles about the benefits of standing while working and while it seemed like a good idea, I had two primary reservations:

  1. I wasn’t sure I would be able to flip the switch just like that and go from sitting to standing all the time.
  2. The cost of the hydraulic standing desks that would allow me to go between sitting and standing are expensive ($900+).

After doing a bit of searching, I found this awesome article, where someone built a standing desk from IKEA furniture for under $25. The benefit of this approach was that it was both inexpensive and relatively easy to switch between a standing and sitting setup (the standing portion simply sits on top of your existing sitting desk). That afternoon, I bought the parts from IKEA and a laptop stand. Everything arrived last Wednesday, so Thursday was my first day standing full-time. A few days in, it is going great. I’m not going to lie, my legs are exhausted at the end of the day, but I am hoping that gets better as I get more used to it in the coming weeks. I will be sure to follow-up in a few weeks to share how it is going!

Andrew Pautler