It’s been little over a week since I began my standing desk experiment. Instead of a standing desk (from $300 to $1000+) I got a black metal A/V cart that stands at just the right height for my arms to be parallel to the ground when typing.
It’s roomy enough for me, as I primarily use a laptop, a phone, and an ereader at my “desk” anyway. Speakers can be put on the bottom shelves if needed. If you need room for paperwork, they do have expanded versions of this model with “wings” that can mount onto the sides. Having said that, there is limited room. For real deskfolk, I would recommend a legit standing desk that you can adjust with the press of a button.
There are other benefits to the car. It has a 3 plug electrical outlet, and mounting holes for any number of extra features, if you’re a DIY-er. This desk also has 2 extra shelves and wheels for easy mobility.
Is it perfect for everyone, no, but it works for me.
As for the standing part, it has certainly gotten easier. For the first couple of days, it was alarmingly hard to stand and move around for 50% of my work time. I can now stand and move for around 70% of my productive time at the computer. When standing gets tiresome, moving around helps. This includes walking in place, running in place, pacing around the room, and dancing like an idiot.
I’ve been told an ergonomic standing mat can help. One tip is to work in Crocs, which is made of similar material. No promises on that. I’ve also heard of people using treadmills while working. This is something I’d like to try. I’d consider it a personal triumph if I could have a treadmill in my house and actually use it reasonably frequently.
I have noticed a more focused and generally aware active period. It’s much harder to justify messing around on the computer and wasting time when you are standing up.
A laptop is not optimal for standing desk work because the screen is much lower than it should be, leaving your neck bent down. This can be remedied with an LCD monitor mounted at eye level. For my own purposes, I plan on getting an arm and clamp swivel LCD mount. This should attach nicely to the cart and provide an adjustable LCD screen where I need it. I’m a little worried about weight, but it shouldn’t be an issue.
I highly recommend trying a standing desk. It may hurt your back and feet at first, but overtime, you will see the benefits in your body and in your work. Try it!