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Posts from — February 2009

Stand Up Desk

Inspired by this post at Evolving Excellence, I decided to try a stand up desk at home.  I can’t afford the fancy $1,000+ motorized desks, so instead I bought an Ikea Fredrik desk and a Summera keyboard shelf at a total cost of $160.

So far I like it, although I’m not sure I would want to stand all day at work.  Ikea specifies a maximum desk height of 38.625″, but I have the desk at the next notch up (about 41″), and it still works.   I do wish the desk was more adjustable — since it isn’t very adjustable, an adjustable height monitor would be a plus.  But so far the current heights seem OK for me (but not so great for my wife, who is significantly shorter).

Also, the desk does wiggle a little bit.   My guess is that some of that is from the carpet, and some of it from the construction (it’s not the world’s most solid desk).  I’ll have to experiment with wedging the feet and such to see if I can make it a little more solid.

Update 2/17/09 — an additional advantage for those of us with small children: little kids find it harder to reach the keyboard and mouse on the stand up desk, which makes using the computer at home much more enjoyable.

Ikea Fredrik Desk used as a stand-up desk

Ikea Fredrik Desk used as a stand-up desk

February 3, 2009   4 Comments