About me: I build Power 20, a suite of mobile exercise apps.
I’ve been using a standing desk since 2011 and so far so good. Not only does my standing desk setup work great, but it also looks great. Once you’ve acquired all the needed parts, you too can create a stylish standing desk setup without breaking your back or the bank, and it all takes is 10 minutes. Here’s how.
1. Start with an adjustable desk. I’ve used the $140 Galant desk with adjustable legs from Ikea. Extend the legs as high as possible. This desk isn’t made for standing, but it, like most desks, lets you adjust the height of the table somewhat, which is good enough.
2. Elevate your computer. Get 3 “Dinner Plate Shelf” units. These come in different sizes and heights. Stagger the heights if you use a combination of external monitor and laptop. Taller people will want to use taller shelves for their keyboards too.
3. Cover the shelves. Put a manila folder on top of the shelves. This can add some color, but it also makes the shelf more like a surface where you can put a mouse, wrist rest, coffee cup, and other stuff.
4. Get a sweet file cabinet. Life is too short for a bad bed, low water pressure, or a crappy file cabinet. So spring for one that’s so nice, you’ll actually use it. We got a good deal for two of these from CB2. We paid under $100 for each, but they’re normally sold for $159 or so. Here’s an upscale one on Amazon.
5. Get a yoga mat. Cut it in half, and put one half on top of the other to reduce fatigue. Mats come in all colors so match your mat to your file cabinet. We went crazy here and bought a really nice mat from LuluLemon for $68, but I also recommend this cheaper alternative.