After an explanation about the benefits of standing (check out this infographic) many have inquired about the design and construction of this desk.
For almost a year I commandeered an old AV cart for my test stand up desk (see pic #9). Prior to this test, with continual sitting, my knees and back would begin to ache in the early afternoon. I’d get drowsy. I’d procrastinate any task that involved getting up . At 37, I was much too young for such lethargy. While testing this concept, I found that standing put ‘some’ strain on my heels and lower back, but the general experience was immediately beneficial. More focus, more energy, more productivity; without a doubt. With time, I learned how to stand without back pain. After a friend gave me one of those factory standing mats (see pic #6) and I purchased some heel inserts for my shoes, I was good to go.
Purchased online, stand up desks were really expensive. And every found “hack” seemed to be nothing more than book-shelving, or stacked books on an existing desk to raise the computer higher. I was looking for something more intentional. I came up with the idea of using 7/16″ threaded rod and washer/nut combos to set an adjustable height for the 3/4″ plywood (birch) top.
Using this method, I designed a surface that fit the overall feel of my existing desk with lots of workspace, while preserving usable space underneath. (note on initial setup: set your surface top at a height where your elbows/arms can rest on the surface at a 90 degree angle from your body. You’ll need to take the floor mat into consideration as well when determining this height.)
Here are some pics from the process.
1) original desk, 2.) original design sketch, 3.) 3/4″ birch plywood for surface, 4.) adhesive wood edging, 5.) edging applied, 6.) new surface secured to existing surface for uniformly drilling holes for the threaded rod supports, 7.) Assembled 7/16″ threaded rod, washers and nuts, 8.) Closeup view of the washers and nuts, 9.) threaded rods installed, 10.) unfinished surface installed, 11.) painted surface installed (paint matched to existing desk laminate material), 12.) Finished product SIDE VIEW. See ABOVE RIGHT pic for close up final pic.