Due to the nature of my work, I spend a lot of time in front of a computer to serve my customers and spend like 8-12 hours sitting every day. I am quite a health conscious person so when I see blog post titled “Why sitting can make you die earlier” or “Sitting down for too long will kill you”, it bother me.
Based on some of the number I gathered online, a typical career where you spend 6-8 hours sitting down in office every day may cut about 15 years of your life off you. There is also research where if you are a female, you are 37 percent more likely to die than your female friends who are sitting less, for male that percentage is 18 percent. Whatever it is, it does not sound pretty to me.
So, I was planning to transform my existing reading desk into a stand desk with the least money possible. It turns out there is a lot of resource online teaching you how to setup a stand desk, a simple type “how to setup a stand desk” into google or youtube have given me a lot more advice than I previously thought I going to get.
The height of the stand desk should be about same height as your belly button or slightly higher to rest your arm when you are typing. But how should you build your stand desk will depends on your current situation.
You Don’t Have A Desk Right Now
If you don’t have a desk right now and thinking to get your stand desk, the choice might be simpler for you, just go to IKEA or any furniture shop you trust and get your stand desk.
For those of you who like IKEA product, there are only 2 products you need to get to build a stand desk, Vika Veine table top and Vika Kaj adjustable table leg. They are available in IKEA Singapore and their links are as below:
This is how it looks like
This is how it looks like
You Have A Desk Right Now
If you have a desk right now, it will be a little tricky because your options are much more. Me myself am in this situation so I seek advice from friends and family on how to build a stand desk cheaply. Most of the answers I received were not very attractive to me as mostly involved large purchase of new component.
My thinking is quite different after I read the book, Early Retirement Extreme; the idea of Renaissance man hit me when I was working on my stand desk project. I am going to use the existing resource I have on hand now to build my stand desk. After a few hours of searching and assessment, I found something:
– 2 cartons boxes, for my induction cooker and weighing scale.
– Books, tons of books.
– A creative mind.
My project started with this:
I need to lift up this desk for about 25cm and this are what I have done.
I take out the number of book I needed to build a higher version of mouse pad.
And I was lucky because that two boxes were about 25cm when stacked up.
This is how my desk look like when I lifted up my laptop.
And then my mouse
Here is the finished product.
Ok, I know this is not pretty and they sure annoy some of you guys reading this post. But no problem, you can always follow my suggestion in the situation above, just go to IKEA or furniture shop to buy ready made stand desk.
So, I need to go lie down on my bed now after standing for about an hour taking picture and writing this post. See you in next post!
Note: If you have better idea, please share it in the comment area. Thanks!