Using a Standing Desk

by TerriRexson

I've started using a standing desk. I wish I'd done it sooner. I'll share my experience and some options for stand up desks.

What is a Standing Desk?

A standing desk or stand-up desk is a height adjustable desk for using a computer when standing up. 

I've recently started to work from home. Although I had an IT job previously, I was rarely in the same place for more than an hour. Now I'm at the computer for long stretches I was concerned about sitting in the same position for hours on end. I have a kneeling chair but I find myself slouching in it after a couple of hours. 

I'd seen a few mentions of standing desks and decided to look into it. Standing for at least part of the day would surely be an improvement. But I was concerned I'd get uncomfortable and want to sit down. 

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Working Standing Up with a Wall Mount Monitor

I wasn't quite ready to replace my desk - it's a bureau desk full of stuff! So I decided to try something else. I have a monitor in my kitchen attached to an adjustable wall mount bracket. I can connect my laptop to this monitor. I can adjust the monitor to just the right position and angle. I've used it for displaying recipes, but never tried to use it for work before. 

As it happens the kitchen worktop is about the right height for me as a standing desk when I use an adjustable laptop stand (I have small hands and find a laptop keyboard more comfortable). 

When I'm done working I push the monitor back against the wall and take the laptop away. (Yes I admit I take my laptop to the sofa in the evenings. I need a more ergonomic solution for using a laptop from the sofa too, it would be pretty unsociable to spend my evenings in the kitchen.)

Does a Standing Desk Work?

I really expected to find it uncomfortable to work standing up. I thought I'd be less productive and desperate to sit down. Well, I've been pleasantly surprised. I actually find it more comfortable and I'm just as productive - in fact I feel more alert for longer. My standing desk is now my regular place of work when the kids aren't around. 

I've found it really comfortable to stand up for working sessions. I work for 45 minutes then spend 15 minutes away from the computer. I've been very comfortable doing several 45 minute sessions like this a day. 

I've also found that I naturally do stretching exercises during thinking or loading time. And I put my cup of tea on a different countertop so I have to take a couple of steps to have a drink. 

I'm definitely a convert to working upright. 

A Reader's Standing Desk Experience

Clouda9, a fellow writer here on Wizzley read this article and was inspired to get her own standing desk. You can read her experience below. 

When I read Terri's article about a standing desk my remodel-it brain started working, plus I really appreciated the idea of being up and moving versus sitting on my derriere most of the day. Initially I was going to talk the hubby into building something for me, instead what I did was repurpose a glass-topped bar that had good intentions but ended up being a magnet for clutter.

I set to work to create my new work space...after sorting through and finding a new home for the items I had stored underneath the bar and cleaning up the cluttered top, my idea really started taking shape. The back of the bar is now the front and it stores all my computer stuff (printer, satellite router, and CPU). The star lantern above my new desk was a gift from my son and glows warmly when I'm working at night.

The one purchase I made to complete the remodel was a (drafting) chair for those times that I wanted to pull up a seat to work at my desk. While the chair has been nice to plop into from time to time, I'm standing to work at least 75% of the time, feel more energized, find myself stretching or walking in place as I work. A special thank you to Terri for your article and inspiration. Mwah!


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Thanks Clouda9! I'm really glad your standing desk is working for you.

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What Next? An Exercise Desk?

So now I've got used to working standing up, I'm wondering if I could take it to the next step and try working while walking on a treadmill or using an exercise machine. 

I have a treadmill and elliptical in the same room as my desk, so this could work. Would I really be productive working like this? I'm not sure, but I think I'd like to give it a go. I expect I'd still use my standing up desk a lot though, I'm loving it. 

For those of us with a sedentary job, exercise equipment that you can use at your desk while you work can play a key part in keeping fit and healthy.

Have you tried a Standing Desk?

Updated: 03/22/2012, TerriRexson
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katiem2 on 04/29/2012

I love this idea, I can imagine it addressing many an issue I've been dealing with as of late, makes great sense.

eslevy17 on 04/23/2012

I just read the other day that people who sit for long periods of time die sooner. Standing desks are great. They let you move around without having to stop.

Nancy Hellams on 11/21/2011

I can't imagine using a Standing Desk. I have a lot of problems with my back and it is hard for me to stand for long to do much of anything. I sure admire your efforts.

dustytoes on 10/06/2011

I have taken my laptop to the kitchen counter to work standing up for a change and did like it. There just wasn't enough counter space in my old place to make it work. I now have a much larger kitchen so it would be possible to work standing up again. Although I work many hours sitting at my desk, I do get up very often and take breaks (if you call housework a break!)

samsons1 on 10/05/2011

Thanks for this interesting article. I can see benefit to this as I likewise spend hours at the computer finding myself adjusting to alternately view the TV as well as converse with family & friends not to mention looking outside occasionally to check the weather...

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