stand-up desks -- anyone using one?
It looks like standing up while working might be healthier overall; easier on the back, keeps abdominal muscles working, burns more calories. Is anyone doing this? Any favorite desks? Any drawbacks?
I've been tempted over the years, but it would really need to be adjustable. And it seems like the good adjustable office desks cost more than my car.
At least we're no longer in the era of 21" CRTs.
One $1800 option:
Handy measuring tool:
Nothing at IKEA as far as I can tell... although there used to be, apparently.
I have one at work (we all do)... I have no idea if the motor still works.
Others occasionally stands up for a bit, but most of those tables stay put.
About a year ago we got new PCs at my work location. I kept the boxes. Now I stack 2 across, 2 high on my desk and put my laptop and mouse up there. Voila...stand-up desk. I spend half of my desk time there.
Probably won't work at a real office. Mine is in a construction trailer at a solid waste facility.
I would do that but I have too much shit on my desk and in the end I bet it would burn out the motor.
I did this for a few months and keep meaning to go back to it. I just made a table from Ikea parts, adjustable height legs and a top and you're done. I think it was $100-120. Not super sturdy, but acceptable. I also got one of those mats for standing all day on.
I switched between standing and sitting on a adjustable drafting stool, and that worked pretty well for a lot of my tasks.
I stopped using it when I had to do a bunch of writing - leaning back and staring off into space helps and isn't really possible standing or from the drafting stool.
Also, I started to get sore legs (probably a good thing) and knees (which weren't great to start with).
Next go around, I'm doing it barefoot (or maybe with something like those vibram shoes) and use the drafting stool more often.