An expensive way to a healthy working lifestyle
I am in front of computer for at least 10 – 12 hours a day, which means I spend that amount of time sitting in an office chair. I always try and maintain proper posture while sitting but when I get wrapped up into a project I find my self slouching more and more. Then there are there is the couple of hours of the day I either spend eating dinner and/or watching television. That’s 12 – 14 hours a day sitting on my assets!
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Luckily I am taking breaks throughout the day. I have an hour workout break mid-day and walk to and from the metro on most days, depending on the heat index right now. And I try and talk to more people face to face at work instead of email, which forces me to keep moving on a regular basis.
They are starting to add standing desks at work but I’m at the bottom of the list for one, so I’ve resorted to using one of the bar-height tables at work for a couple of hours (confined to the duration of my laptop battery). So I decided if I can’t use one at work I would use one at home. I’m usually sitting in bed on my home computer but never get much done because I drift off to sleep rather quickly.
But with a standing desk that is nearly impossible.
The problem was the price. Stand up desks are outrageously expensive. Then again doesn’t anything good for you come with a price. So I decided to go the DIY route, after all I already had a sturdy table/desk from IKEA that I have been using for years. So I started searching for IKEA Stand up desks and came across a bunch of IKEA furniture hacks for standing desks ranging from $20 to $300. You can guess what end of the spectrum I started with.
I stumbled across a very simple and affordable solution that can be put together in a snap. While I found this standing desk on several sites, the best instructions can be found on iamnotaprogrammer.com.
What do you need for this DIY Standing Desk with IKEA Furniture?
Lack side table (black) – $7.99
Viktor Shelf – $5.99
Ekby Valter bracket – $4.00 x 2
Total Spent – $22.00
IKEA TIP – While you will find the Lack table in the self-serve warehouse-like section, the Viktor shelf and brackets are in the home organization section, we didn’t discover this until after we walked through the entire store and heading to the exit.
Here are some other DIY Standing Desk options:
Life Hacker: Standing Desks on the Cheap: The IKEA Guide
The Imaginary Zebra: My DIY Standing Desk—The $22/$31 IKEA Hack
Ikea Hackers: Ikea Hacked Standing Desk
Ikea Hackers: $25 Standing Desk Hack from Lack TV Unit, Summera
Make Use Of: Your Backbone Will Thank You: 6 Great Standing Desk Designs
Fat Joe: Stand Up Desks: The Fat Joe DIY Solution & How it Can Change Your Life