I received an email yesterday asking me questions about my standing desk I built last August. Instead of just responding to him I thought I would let everyone know, just in case you had the same questions. Here is the original blog post.
1) How do you like the desk after about a year?
I still really like it. For me it works out perfectly. I would like to reiterate to anybody wanting to build a standing desk of your own to make sure it is the right height for you. You want the table top (if it is a flat desktop like mine) to be at elbow height. My desk is about one inch below that and works perfectly for either typing or drawing (my arms just rest on the desk top when I type). In terms of drawing it allows me a better range of motion without being hindered by a weird tabletop height or my chair that had arms on it. Plus, if a really good song comes on I can dance really easily to it.
2) Any significant changes/modifications/improvements you’ve made since the last description?
After I made the blog post I made two huge adjustments (both of which I knew I was going to make but just didn’t have them in time for the original blog post). The first is that you need to have a standing mat. I splurged and bought a gel mat for $99 (I think it is supposed to be for a kitchen, but it works great). The second is that I bought something from Staples to elevate my computer monitor to eye height. I think these two are essential if you plan on buying/making a standing desk.
Right now, to angle my drawing tablet, I just put a book under it. It works a lot better than I thought it would. Originally, I thought I would have to build something to get the proper angle and prevent the tablet from sliding, but I didn’t run into any troubles at all with the book being the support.
3) Did you give in and purchase a stool to drag up to the desk and sit on?
No. I really do prefer standing.
4) How long do you find yourself working at this desk in a single session? how about in a full day?
Sometimes, I will work for up to 5 hours before taking a break for lunch. In a full day it could be as long as 10 hours, but typically I would say I am standing around 7 hours a day at my desk. I do find myself wandering a lot more often around the house and helping out and taking more frequent breaks though, which was one of the goals of getting a standing desk- so I would take more breaks and get away from the computer more often.
All in all, I am very glad I made the desk. It has really helped out my left knee which was getting sore while I sat (because I would always sit cross legged).