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Standing desk

I keep thinking I'd like to get a table appropriate for use as a standing desk, i.e. one designed for being worked at while standing up.

I don't think I need a full whistles-and-bells one which switches back and forth from standing to sitting (such as this), although I'm willing to consider them. I've never used one before, so don't think I would want to invest much in my first variation. It needs to be big enough for a laptop and a book at most, rather than my main work space. Ideally, it would have adjustable height.

Something advertised as a bar table may actually be the most appropriate solution for this for now. This Ikea wooden table is a good price, but not adjustable and not actually currently available to buy either.

Thoughts or advice?


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Feb. 23rd, 2012 01:51 pm (UTC)
Have you considered looking around the antique and salvage companies for a second-hand lectern/readers desk? Prices can compare very well with new ones (and you could always re-sell is it doesn't work).

A nice modern one here: http://www.churchantiques.com/category/lecterns/
Feb. 24th, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
That hadn't crossed my mind at all. Thank you for suggesting it!
Feb. 23rd, 2012 02:14 pm (UTC)
Have a look at Ikeahackers.net. There are plenty of standing desks in there.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thomas Wolfe used to write on the top of his refrigerator - but then, he was taller than you are.

But then, probably so was his refrigerator.
Feb. 24th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
My refrigerator is taller than I am (all-in-one stack with the freezer.) So unless I stand on a chair in order to work on top of it....
Feb. 25th, 2012 08:53 am (UTC)
I think this is the perfect solution. It takes both the standing-desk and the refrigerator theories to their logical extreme, and keeps chair-makers in business also.
Feb. 23rd, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
Here is a random suggestion: you could look around for a coffee table that is the right height to put on top of your main desk. One of my coworkers does this and it looks a little funny, but it is completely reversible, cheap, and leaves him with space under the coffee table to put stuff on. Plus second-hand coffee tables should be an okay price.

The only issue would be finding one that is exactly right. My coworker just grabbed one from the office and uses phone books to stand on to make himself the right height, but that's obviously not ideal.
Feb. 24th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
Interesting thought, and one which hadn't occurred to me. Hmm.
Feb. 24th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Probably a bit rich for your blood (especially given what I imagine shipping costs to the U.K. would be), but Levenger sells a lovely one. I kind of have a raging boner for everything Levenger sells, even though it's sort of sickeningly bourgeois!
Feb. 24th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
I love Levenger products! But their international shipping comes in one choice: very expensive. So these days I only occasionally buy their things, and only flat suitcaseable ones. But - it really is lovely.
Feb. 25th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
I just installed a standing desk at home.

I took a wooden cube (40x40cm), attached it to the wall and put in a shelf at the right height for mouse use. Cost about 20 €. No space for a book, though.

At work I'm getting a wooden bridge to put on my desk for keyboard and mouse and another one for the display. That just takes a few pieces of wood and some of our university's workshop people's time.
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