The old new desk
I’ve had this desk since last summer when I redid my office. I made it myself (color ME proud!).
It’s two pieces of high-end oak plywood, cut, connected, and then painted white. Supporting it are 5 Vika Kaj legs from IKEA — plus an apple box. Just how I like it: creative and unique. Totally me.
I loved the shape, but when I got back from walking almost 500 miles, I didn’t want to sit down. Although I wasn’t nuts enough to walk forever a la Forrest Gump, I didn’t want to be trapped behind my desk again for hours on end.
Thinking out of the box
I thought I would have to buy another piece of furniture so I could stand up at my computer. So I scoured the internet for ideas. (Google Image search is my friend.)
And everything looked — just — odd. Some of the solutions I found were waaaaay too expensive.
But I had a lightbulb moment, as we creatives often do. In a flash of inspiration — I remembered that my IKEA legs are extendable! I wonder if… Hmmm…
And I set to work with my screwdriver and my thinking cap.
Sure enough! The solution I already owned worked perfectly. They were just tall enough for my 5’7″ bod. (And yes, those are dandelions on the wall. Make a wish!)
What I love
Movement! It feels great to walk up to my computer and stand at it. When I bend down to get supplies and files, the stretching feels great! I change my body posture often while I stand and nothing gets too sore or uncomfortable. My posture is better too!
Found desk space! The monitor is now off to the side (vs. the middle of the desk) so I now have allllll thiiiiisss spaaaaace to spread out. In the photo, there’s a big flipchart pad on top and there’s still tons of room for more!
Found floor space! Historically, I’ve been a fan of putting one’s desk into the center of the room. It’s a power position and it often helps timid business owners feel like the commander and CEO of their enterprise. Having been in business for over seven years, I guess I’m not needing that affirmation as much because I believe it. Now that my desk is hugged by the corner of my room, I can spread out projects on the floor and even stretch out my bod while I’m on the phone. Yummy!
Zones! One of the new habits I’m practicing is a morning writing time. It’s not something I want to do at my desk. So I have a comfy chair by the window which is my zone for writing and thinking. My old battle axe of a laptop lets me do my writing on while I sit. I feel like I’m in a different physical space by the window and not at work. Ahhh.
Health! Recent research shows that not sitting is better for you than regular exercise (check out the Mayo Clinic article and a 4-minute NPR segment). Fear is a terrible motivator, but it feels good to be standing at my desk knowing that it’s helping me prevent heart disease, blood sugar issues, and even cancer. Just by standing instead of sitting.
Get up, stand up
Whether a standing desk is the right thing in your home office is a matter of personal preference. If you’re not sure, I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot of money on a solution that’s super expensive. Vika Kaj legs are about $15 a piece, so you could experiment with a small square of wood to see if you even like it.
I’m just so tickled, I had to tell you about my new desk (some more!) — just in case you’re inspired to consider it yourself!