Standing desks are a popular solution for alleviating the aches and pains caused by sitting hunched over all day. This creative solution creates a standing desk with little fuss and for a mere $US20.
Over at WebWorkerDaily Dawn wanted a standing desk after she and her doctor finally narrowed down the cause of her back and hip pain to be excessive sitting while doing computer work. She didn’t have the space in her office for a second desk so building a standing desk was out of the question.
I started doing some research on standing desks on wheels, when a friend suggested a podium-style desk that sits on top of your regular desk. These allow you to add height to your desk when you want to work standing up, but easily remove them when you want to sit. Most of them are essentially wooden boxes in various shapes and sizes for $US200 – $US300 each.
She wasn’t opposed to spending the money if it banished her pain but was confident she could come up with a solution that didn’t break the bank. First she used books and boxes stacked on her regular desk to determine which height was most comfortable for standing while working on her laptop. Once she determined the optimum height she was able to take that measurement and go shopping. A trip through the shelving and storage aisle at the local store yielded a fantastic $US20 find, the narrow wire baker’s rack shelf seen in the photo here. It’s lightweight, easy to take off the desk, and just the right size for her laptop. For more information on her setup and build, check out the link below. If you have your own ingenious standing desk solution, sound off in the comments below and help your fellow readers stretch out their legs.
How I Made a Standing Workstation for $US19.99 [WebWorkerDaily]