I’ve considered a stand up work station for numerous years now. Shawn K. and I discussed it a while back. He even tried to get his workplace to buy him one. They’re expensive and his company didn’t see why he’d ever need to stand while at work. I bet the HR person thought to him or herself he would get tired if he stood all day.
In a work space I had on a deployment, I hooked up my laptop to a large monitor mounted high on the wall. Since I had to look up, it kept my head up and shoulders back. At night, I’d take the laptop and work while sitting (slumping) in bed. My neck and head would begin to hurt while working in bed. But when I was plugged into the monitor, no issues. When I got home, I bought a small monitor and set it up higher so I’d keep better posture. It worked pretty well.
It worked until last October. In October, a lady, who was not paying attention while driving (texting? Zanex? Zoloft?), ran a red light and went head on with me. It was a good smash and I was snapped pretty good. My Thoracic spine (upper back) incurred an injury that makes sitting for more than a few minutes pretty unbearable. I tried raising my monitor, but that didn’t help at all. So, I decided to try a stand up work station.
I looked them up online. So I found out why Shawn’s work didn’t want to purchase him one. The cheap ones start around $400. The really nice ones go above $2,000. They are electric and adjustable, but I can’t see spending 2k on any desk, much less one that doesn’t come with a chair.
So, like just about everything, I decided to build one myself. Below is how I did it. It cost me less than $50. I could have done it for closer to $35, but the shelf I used was more expensive than I needed. All them materials can be purchased at WalMart or Target. Below are pics of what I used and a simple explanation of how to assemble it.
Here are a few articles on the benefits of standing at work:
Become A Stand Up Guy – Brett and Kate Mckay of The Art of Manliness
Standing at Work – Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Standing Desks? – Steve Mullis of Forbes.com