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 Lifehacker.com). 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.
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
- Divide the pringles boxes in 4 sets. Three boxes at each set.
- Put one shelf on 2 set of boxes. This makes 6 pringles boxes in total.
- Repeat step 2 with the other shelf.
- Put your laptop, monitor, keyboard and mouse on the shelves.
- Put your chair away and done!
That easy? Yes that easy. Here a picture of my set up:
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="http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41h4fqusw3L._SL160_.jpg" 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.
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!
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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Stefan Knapen is the founder and big boss of StudySuccessful.com. As a 21 year old med student he is trying to become more productive, more successful and more awesome overall in life. Stefan loves coffee, but tea as well. He is currently busy building niche sites and start to create a full-time passive (student) income on the internet!