As a developer, I spend a LOT of time working at my desk. 8-10 hours a day, minimum. Some days it’s closer to 16 hours. So when my wife and I purchased a new house, we decided (with her encouragement) that I’d move to a standing desk. We’ve all seen the news about how sitting is the new smoking. And since I already smoke, I didn’t need one more thing killing me. So it’s been a month since I’ve been using a standing desk every day, and I have to say: it ain’t bad. In fact, it’s not much different than my old setup, and I’ve noticed a few benefits.
- Vika Byske extendable legs $150.00 ($30.00 x 5)
- Vika Amon corner table top $47.50
- Lack side table $7.99
- Halter dual LCD monitor stand $139.98 ($69.99 x 2)
- Drafting stool with tractor seat $52.72
- Genuine Joe anti-fatigue mat $22.69
Total Cost – $420.88
The initial adjustment period was strange for me. Since we had just moved, I was already sore and in pain, so I can’t say if the desk caused any pain or it was already there. It may have prolonged it, but I hadn’t done that sort of physical work in a long time so I simply can’t be sure one way or the other. Also, I have a bad hip and knees from badly breaking my leg when I was 20, so there’s always an added part there. Pains. I haz them. But the pain and soreness didn’t seem out of the ordinary, and didn’t last that long, generally speaking.
There are a bunch of different standing desk options out there. Pre-built ones, fancy pneumatic ones that go up and down, and god knows what else. But given the space I had to work with and my budget, the custom build I did myself was perfect for me. Also, I didn’t want to invest too much money into it from the beginning if I found out I couldn’t handle the standing.
If I were to do anything different, I would probably look into a better chair. I got a drafting chair that I could use when I wanted to sit, but the chair itself is uncomfortable. Perhaps that is a good thing, as it encourages me to stand. But I still like having the option.
- Less physical space required in office
- Better posture
- More energy later in the day
- Legs feel better overall (more on this later)
- Required all new office furniture
- Ongoing tweaks to setup
- Changing habits
At the end of the day, I’d say that the experiment has been a success. I’m not a doctor, an ergonomics expert, or anything besides a nerd who spends a lot of time working. So take it with a grain of salt, but it’s been a good thing for me.