standing desk

I don’t remember when I first heard about standing desks.  But after reading numerous articles on the dangers of sitting for too many hours each day, I thought I’d give it a try.  It started out as two plastic crates staked on top of each other to bring my laptop up to eye level.  It wasn’t ideal. However, I found that my middle of the night back pain went away immediately after transitioning to a standing desk.  It also seemed to give me extra energy.  Now I’m all in.

When we moved here, we didn’t have any desk at all, so I ended up slouching over my computer while sitting on our dilapidated couch.  That, combine with pregnancy, produced some pretty intense back pain at night, which sometimes kept me tossing and turning for hours.  Ryan decided that the best thing for me would be a standing desk, and that it was priority to get it built as soon as possible.

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He sketched up a basic plan,2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern LaosAnd set out to find some plywood… which he carried all the way home on his shoulder.2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-3 2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-5Elise got in on the action.  Don’t worry, the saw wasn’t plugged in.2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-2Ryan made a solid frame for each level of the desk to support the low quality plywood.2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-4 2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-6He only got so far before it was time for another workweek. So I used the desk as it was for a few days.2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-7 2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-8The next free day he had, Ryan painted it a nice glossy white, as well as added another shelf on the bottom for the printer.2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-10And here it is!diy standing deskThe screen is at eye level, and the keyboard keeps my arms at a 90 degree angle.  It all adds up to good posture and my back pain has basically disappeared.2014-03-15 standing desk by Melissa Crossett thelandinbetween.com Northern Laos-12I’m so glad to be getting some good sleep again, and of course, very thankful for my handy man.  Here is some more info on standing desks if you’re interested:

notsitting.com – a whole website dedicated to the how’s and why’s of standing desks

how to guide: standing at work and 15 tips for standing workstations

there could even be psychological benefits to a standing desk

Have you ever considered a standing desk?

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2 thoughts on “standing desk”

  1. Love this! You are lucky to have a hubby that can build stuff like this! I want one for our kitchen! Great to catch up on your lives…looking forward to seeing you in summer!

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