It seems like standing desks are all the rage here at Matrix Group. I never quite understood the appeal of being forced to stand all day, but I do appreciate a good standing break every once in a while. In a completely ideal world, I would have an adjustable desk that could fit whatever mood I’m in at the flip of a switch. It should also be affordable, which unfortunately isn’t the norm in this real world that I’m constrained to. I need a solution that lets me sit the majority of the time but also lets me comfortably work if I want to stand. So here’s what I came up with and it literally cost me zero dollars.
Yes, that is a run of the mill shipping box. That is also a laptop sitting on top of it. Take that combination and place it atop your desk and voila, instant standing desk.
To be completely fair, I admit I’m cheating a little. I’m volunteering to use my personal laptop when I want to stand so it’s not a completely seamless transition. Fortunately at the office we have WiFi and VPN access so I can get to all of the local networks and development servers without too much of a problem. When my legs ultimately get tired, I close my laptop, move the box out of sight and get back on my desktop right where I left off. It’s not the most elegant solution but hey, for $0, I could do a lot worse. The important thing is this setup accomplishes everything that I want it to.
How have you been clever/crafty with your work area?