DIY Stand-Up Desk (plus Adobe Giveaway Anouncement)

Recently I got the idea in my head that standing behind a desk is better than sitting.The idea came from an article of Gina Trapani (known as the founder of There are a couple of benefits to it and it has my interest. But the thing for me was, am I going to maintain this set-up? Therefore I decided not to buy a stand-up desk, but to make my own to test out.

First, why?

Using a Stand-Up Desk: Why Would You?

There are a couple of benefits to the system:

  • Better condition. Because I have to stand all day when I am behind my computer, I will stand for a lot more hours, this will benefit my condition. Gina, as a woman, of course pointed out there will be a lot more calories burned (something I don’t consider as important), that would be a thing too.
  • Better posture. My main reason. I’m pretty tall, so when I’m sitting I have a bad posture, I tend to hunch when I sit. Now I don’t feel anything from that now, but I know I will have backpain in 10-20 years if I continue to sit like this.
  • Better productivity. When standing, you tend to work faster. There are studies which show that when meeting would be standing meeting they would go way faster. I think this is the same with standing behind your desk.

So 3 simple reasons to try this system out.

Now, I was wondering how I could test this out, cheap. And I thought of something.

How to Create a Stand-Up Desk for Almost Nothing


  • 12 Pringles packages. These tubular things can carry a lot of weight.
  • Two simple bookshelves. Again, easy. They should be big enough to carry your laptop (plus external monitor) and keyboard + mouse
  • A Desk.

Creating a Stand-Up Desk

  1. Divide the pringles boxes in 4 sets. Three boxes at each set.
  2. Put one shelf on 2 set of boxes. This makes 6 pringles boxes in total.
  3. Repeat step 2 with the other shelf.
  4. Put your laptop, monitor, keyboard and mouse on the shelves.
  5. Put your chair away and done!

That easy? Yes that easy. Here a picture of my set up:


DIY Stand Up Desk (plus Adobe Giveaway Anouncement)

DIY Stand Up Desk (plus Adobe Giveaway Anouncement)

Now, this is a good test set-up. After three days I can say now that your legs will hurt at the end of the day. But hey, you need to get your workout right?

[easyazon-image-link asin="B001MS70Z2" alt="Safco 1929CY Adjustable Height Stand-Up Workstation, 29w x 19-3/4d x 49h, Cherry PVC Top" src="" align="left" width="116" height="160"]Again, this is only a test set-up, if you want to go for the real deal right away, the Safco looks right and is only $236.99 on Amazon.

Let me know what you think about this set-up and about this experiment, are you in?

Contest + Giveaway announcement!

On Sunday the 14th the microsite of the Adobe Back to School Contest/Sweeptakes will launch. I will notice you in time and there will be more details by then.

DIY Stand Up Desk (plus Adobe Giveaway Anouncement)

Adobe gave me a CS5.5 package to review and to tell you guys about and I have to tell you, it is pretty awesome! Played around with it for a little bit (actually created this Read It Later workflow with it (more on this in Friday’s post!) and it works pretty smooth. The cool thing is, 80% off for students!DIY Stand Up Desk (plus Adobe Giveaway Anouncement)

So in the near future I will send out updates about the sweepstakes and the contests! I hope you don’t mind, I mean, I’m giving away free copies, so I don’t think you’ll mind! Last note: I will be on (a well deserved) holiday the upcoming weeks, so my excuses if I don’t respond very fast. I have the posts about the contests and everything scheduled, so their won’t be any problem with that! Thanks!



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  1. 1. Standing more means getting tired easily, so probably lesser productivity or as u say if it means working faster, then it may mean lesser quality work in order to finish faster.
    2. Posture can be improved while sitting too.
    3. A temporary problem- The pringles stands may just topple over and down goes the whole computer :(
    Personal virtual opinion! Since u actually tried it, u would know better, so waiting for ur experience result to try it out for myself! (Actually I should try it too, since I usually doze off in front of the laptop on the bed!)

    • Thanks Ramya for the comment. I do get tired pretty fast, but that is something about stamina I guess, as Niels mentioned. Improving posture while sitting is something I’ve tried, doesn’t work for me. The Pringle stands work pretty well actually. I thought they would fall over faster, but they turned out to be pretty solid! So there is you answer as well, Thomas!

  2. This is a great idea, but I think I would use something a little more sturdy than Pringles cans!

    Also, I’m super excited that you got hooked up with Adobe. Great job dude.

  3. @Ramya
    1) It also means passively increasing your stamina, which is very noticable (I’ve been using a standing desk for a couple of weeks now)

  4. I’m using a cheap IKEA stool that cost me like 8 bucks and a flat desk. I don’t eat crappy pringles so… hehe.

    Here it is in case you want to check:

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