My Standing Desk

A little over 6 months ago I switched to a standing desk.  It’s been a good experience so far.  Every time someone new walks into my office and sees it for the first time I always get the same questions.  I thought I’d take some time to share those questions and my experience with you.

Here are before and after pictures of my desk.

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Before
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After

Why did you switch to a standing desk?

A lot of what I do requires spending large chunks of time working on a computer.  At the end of most days when I’d get up to leave at the end of the day I’d feel like a slug.   There were times when I wished I could stand so I started researching standing desks.

Isn’t it uncomfortable to stand all day?

I’m not going to lie.  The first 2 weeks were a little rough.  My legs hurt and I was really tired at the end of the day.  With each day that passed it got easier.  Now I don’t even notice it.  I kept thinking about all the jobs and professions where people don’t have the option of sitting.  I figured if they could do it so could I.

Have you lost any weight?  Do you notice any benefits?

Right away I started sleeping better.  It’s because my body was working harder than it previously had.  I’m not really sure if I’ve lost any weight but I can tell you my legs are definitely stronger and I feel much better.

How did you do it?  How much did it cost?

When I first started researching desks I found they could be a bit pricey.  We’re talking a thousand dollars or more.  That’s when I ran across an online article where someone had turned a few things from Ikea into a standing desk.  Something simple that you sat on top of your current desk raising the height of your work space.  It was just what I was looking for and we already had a vacation planned to a city with an Ikea.

I followed the guide buying the Lack Table and shelf at Ikea and the bolts and shelf brackets at Lowe’s.  It cost right around $20 dollars and took less than a half hour to put together.  If you can drill a hole you can do this easy project.

That’s a little bit about my standing desk.  Let me know if you have any questions that I didn’t cover.  If you use a standing desk I’d love to hear about your experience and see pictures of your desk.  Post them over on my Facebook page.

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