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.
He sketched up a basic plan,And set out to find some plywood… which he carried all the way home on his shoulder. Elise got in on the action. Don’t worry, the saw wasn’t plugged in.Ryan made a solid frame for each level of the desk to support the low quality plywood. He only got so far before it was time for another workweek. So I used the desk as it was for a few days. The next free day he had, Ryan painted it a nice glossy white, as well as added another shelf on the bottom for the printer.And here it is!The 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.I’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
there could even be psychological benefits to a standing desk
Have you ever considered a standing desk?