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Back and neck ache? Try a standing desk!

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Project by Scott posted 10-25-2014 05:52 PM 1193 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I would try a standing desk to alleviate back and neck fatigue. By using a lightweight table that sits on top of my desk, I can use it whenever I like, and take it down when I don’t need it. But standing at the desk is most enjoyable, and I have been using it most of the time. This is made from recycled porch railing and scraps, with a little antiquing on top.

-- Scott in North Carolina





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akamai22

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 06:59 PM

Good looking and great idea.
Where does the top come to on your body when you stand there ….above elbows, even or ?? Do you like that height?
Thanks

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 07:01 PM

A table top table, neat. Does it help with the back & neck?

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 07:45 PM

After standing in my shop for many hours my butt is looking for a chair. Can’t recall sitting down long enough to want to stand at the computer….however, it is a nice table and a good idea…

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Scott

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 07:57 PM

Akamai22, I tested it out for a couple weeks using a plastic storage bin and books piled up at different heights. So the final spot that worked best for me is about 2 inches above my elbows. That gets the screen closer to your eyes, while still making it easy to type. Plus I use a small piece of wood 3/4 inch thick, at the back of the computer to tilt it up which also makes it easier to type.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 07:59 PM

Oldtool, it definitely helps a lot, I tried it out for a couple of weeks with an old plastic bin, just to be sure, before I built this. I can be sitting at the desk, and my neck starts hurting, and as soon as I stand the ache goes away.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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Scott

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#6 posted 10-25-2014 07:59 PM

Mergatroid, unfortunately, I sit for 8 hours a day at my desk, so standing is actually a lot easier on the body, believe it or not.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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akamai22

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#7 posted 10-25-2014 10:14 PM

Thanks; your research is another good idea.
I was actually thinking about a separate keyboard and monitor so I can optimize the angles…. bi-focals are a killer at these middle ranges

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#8 posted 10-26-2014 03:04 AM

As a guy who spends why too much of his life sitting in front of a screen, I should try this out. Thanks for sharing.

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