There’s growing research that suggests that sitting down all day is bad for you so in a bid to live longer and see my sons growing up I’ve built a standing desk. Here’s how to build a standing desk for under £20.
Since using standing desks at work I’ve seen most of my back pain disappear so I thought I’d try it at home also.
Standing all day though comes with it’s own set of aches and pains though, so I’ve tried to seek a balance.
At home I’ve built my own standing desk for just £16.
Buy a coffee table?
Simply buy a coffee table from Ikea (or other furniture shop) and stand it on your desk. Sounds too good to be true right? But it worked for me and it looks ok.
I got the inspiration for a standing desk from this blog about using an Ikea coffee table. Their solution is a little bit fancier than mine though.
I used the Lack Coffee Table from Ikea.
My current desk is a length of kitchen worktop that I re-used when I stripped our kitchen a few years back.
I built the flat-packed coffee table, stood it on my desk and created a standing desk.
I was aiming to have my hands just below my elbows when typing as this is most comfortable for me when using a standing desk. As it happened it was pretty much perfect out of the box but you may need to experiment by adding and removing length from the coffee table legs. Measure twice and cut once
The keen eyed amongst you will notice that on my standing desk I have a MacMini and that the desk is permanent. This means I cannot sit down to work at home without re-arrange the screen or using my laptop – thank goodness for Dropbox and Evernote.
In the future I may take the plunge and invest in a Varidesk (aff) which is what I use at work.
It’s expensive but it means you can adjust between sitting and standing simply.
If you have a small budget then why not consider the coffee table on your desk idea?