How to turn your workspace into a healthy standing desk…

heavy-lady-512819_1280Several weeks ago I took part in a Twitter conversation that stayed in my mind. It was about standing desks, and their usefulness in back health and preventing – let’s just call it ‘writers’ spread’… I had a closer look at one last week, and then investigated prices. They’re not cheap, and the thrifty Scot in me didn’t want to fork out several hundred Swiss franks just on a whim.

Try before you buy seemed a good adage here. So I had a go myself – and here’s how you do it:

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1. First of all give your desk a good tidy and then dust it. (You can skip this bit at home, but I was going to be taking photos and I didn’t want them to be embarrassing.) Note the view of the woods in the background; that’s why my desk is still in the bedroom.

 

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2. Collect a couple of good-sized cartons or boxes. As we have a removal just behind us I was spoiled for choice here. (Yes, those are still-un-hung pictures in the background. I’ll get there someday…)

 

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3. Choose a box that’s the right height for your keyboard. I have a separate keyboard, with the laptop raised behind it.
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4. Do the same for your monitor/laptop.

 

 

 

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5. Decide a) the laptop isn’t quite high enough and add another box, and b) you need another at the front too for the mouse. Finished!

 

 

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6. …unless you want the super-de-luxe version. For this you’ll need something like a ball cushion to stand on, to make sure you’re constantly adjusting your posture.

 

 

Joking apart, I’ve been using this – both with and without the ball cushion – for 24 hours now, and I’m really surprised how comfortable it is. So I’ll continue with my home-made one for a week or two, and if I still like it I’ll get our friendly local joiner to make me a more permanent version. Watch this space!

IMG_0409PS A couple of weeks later – here’s the new desk!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My lovely woods in 37°C… but we’re not complaining, we’ve waited a while for a nice hot summer! 🙂

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