My standing desk arrived on Tuesday! Although ironic that I sat down to put it together, I assembled it with IKEA-like ease. Here it is in action:
I researched several options, sought advice from colleagues who have constructed standing desks in other ways, and eventually I bought this kit for $79.99 on Amazon. Ultimately it’s a personal decision about what works for you, your height, your personality, and your space. While more expensive, this seemed both sturdier and like less of a commitment – it is easily removable if I need or want to revert to sitting. Observations so far:
- the surface height is perfect (I’m 5’11”)
- easy to assemble
- it’s very sturdy and so – and this was an important consideration for me that might not be for others – I can write on it and it doesn’t wobble
- a little pricey (though depending on where you work your office/company may be willing to pay for it)
- it’s not deep enough – the fine print in the packaging indicates that “The Speedy stand works best with your laptop.” Unfortunately, my work computer is a traditional desktop and the standing desk is only 15″ deep, so
- I have to set the screen to the side, so my head is turned slightly in order to see it, which is not ergonomically sound
End of first hour: a Bridget-Jones like hurrah! Standing! Still in the new, exciting phase – wish it were deeper. Should I have bought two of them?
End of second hour: tempted to sit down, wonder what’s happening on Facebook; New Improved Standing Bill is less inclined to check.
End of first day standing: wait, now I have to walk to the vet and then walk home? But I’ve been standing!
Beginning of day two: my wrist hurts. Is this because the mouse is at the wrong height/angle, or did I just sleep on it wrong?
Minutes later: ohmygod I have Carpal tunnel.
Middle of day two: It feels like it’s more difficult to dick around online. I feel more productive, although this could be a total mind trick.
End of day two: I’m scheduled to get a bigger monitor soon, so now concerned that working at fancy new standing desk will feel like sitting on the front row at a movie theater.
I’m going to experiment with it and give it some time. One of the key points, though, is that I haven’t been sitting all day!