One thing that’s recently slipped by my visually greedy little eyeballs is the slow influx of make shift standing desks in the home office and workplace. No longer thought absurd, in fact, backed by some pretty solid research, we all need to be standing at our desks, not sitting!
Years ago, Al Nolan, a middle aged attorney at the gigantic law firm where I worked, insisted on an impressive standing desk for his brand new office. We would walk by his office with question marks above our heads. Secretly, I applauded him for swimming upstream in a current of stuffy conformists. As I still see Al cycling up and down our Greenway Trails, many of his then-sendentary colleagues have since gone to the that big sidebar in the sky. I guess the joke’s on them. (Unless practicing law is a health hazard.)
You don’t necessarily have to purchase a made-for-standing desk to get the job done. Kate Franzman has DIY’d it and built ‘up’ to turn her old tank desk into what I consider the perfect fit to meet her needs. This is what I’m going to do at home and in my studio.
Here’s how cute Kate is working diligently at her day job at PivotMarketing.com while I’m trying to distract her with desk questions.
In her off time, Kate authors the blog PaigeTurnerIndy.wordpress.com, loves cats and is a retired roller derby girl (Noxious Donna). Excellent!
If you live in Indianapolis and are at all connected to the art crowd, you’ve heard of our photographer to the stars, Polina Osherov. This photo popped up on FB of her newly raised IKEA desk. My curiosity got the best of me. I just had to ask her about it since I’ve been in an ongoing battle with my desk chair and low desk surface.
Here’s Polinas account of the simple desk adjustment:
The “lifts” are small bookshelves we got from Michael’s, set face down on the floor – just wide enough to support the ikea desk bases on each side. The shelves gave me 11 inches of height, but we did have to remove one of the end from the ikea bases – about 2 inches worth of height as the desk was too tall for me otherwise. Hubby and I did it together – we tried about 5 different variations using different boxes and shelves to get to the right height and not have it look too ugly. The risers are not permanently attached although we did use those little round rubber nubbins that you put a CD on in a paper cd case, to prevent slipping and sliding. [:-)] And, the best part, it only cost her $30.00 for the shelves.
A little research shows that historically, standing desks have been the chosen work surface for many great men, including Thomas Jefferson, Winston Churchill and Charles Dickens.
If you think about it, everything structural in our body is out of whack while sitting, not to mention all of our internal organs being squished together and pushed downward. Well, it’s just unnatural.
In a nutshell, according to MedicalBillingandCoding.org, here are the hazards we face from too much sitting:
1. Increases risk of death up to 40%
2. Sitting make us fat
3. Sitting wrecks your body
4. After work excercise is not enough to counteract a full day of sitting
5. Spending 3 hours a day in front of the TV is BAD!
As I mentioned, my desk chair has been wreaking havoc with my abs, posture, back and left hip. The chair could be wrong, but it doesn’t matter, I’ve now been enlightened and this desk has to be raised.
Here’s another easy DIY desk lift that’s as easy as four buckets.
And if you’re ready to lay down the big bucks to live longer, you might as well check out one of the best looking adjustable height desks I found. This Executive style desk has an adjustable height feature that allows a work surface from 29″ to 48.5″, very accomodating, indeed. It’s available through ambiencedore.com.