Here’s a topic that’s a little different…
For nearly a year I’ve been toying with the idea of a standing desk because they’re supposed to be healthier. There are other reasons, too, but they’re more personal to me and I’ll review them as I move along with this tale.
I checked online and discovered your top-of-the-line models with hydraulics and electrical outlets built-in could run as much as $1700.00. Gasp! I’m a poor writer on a tight budget and that wasn’t going to do. On the lower end were stripped down models that were little more than a frame with a desktop that required manual raising and lowering. Still, I located a few for as little as $350.00. Still pricey for me. There were also desktop models…a unit that sat on your existing desk. It was possible to find those for around $150.00, but the idea of Misha jumping onto a desk attached to a desk filled me with dread. All I could visualize was it tipping over.
Besides, I got rid of my desk when I moved a year ago and have been improvising with a folding table ever since. Yeah, not ideal, but not too bad of an arrangement.
So, I thought and thought and considered and brainstormed. My biggest lightbulb moment came when I wondered if I could raise and lower ME instead of the desk; wouldn’t that be easier? Still, I’m no furniture maker and live in a small apartment so my options were few. Too, I have a couple of limitations: I live alone so I’d have to be able to do the work myself and I’m missing a third of my lung capacity so I must beware physical strain.
Months later I discovered the nearby reuse center that was within a short walking distance. In fact, if I take a certain route on the walking path I go by it, though I had no idea what it was (honestly, I thought it was a junk yard). I had no idea if they had anything that would help me, but discovering the answer to that question sounded like a fun outing so off I went. Just in case I came home with an unexpected treasure I took my car, a practice I’d repeat. I headed into their building where I initially discovered a few furniture pieces, but a lot of old kitchen and bathroom cabinets. H’m, interesting…
I explored further and found tile, nuts, bolts, cabinet doors, old plumbing/electrical, and assorted other parts that had been removed from old homes and businesses. In a word, there was a lot of junk. Ah, but the possibilities for all that junk. There was a lot behind the building, which at the time was dusted with snow, and there I found lumber, countertops, shelves, stone, windows, and assorted other large objects that I had no idea what they were. Didn’t matter since my mind was already thinking outside the box and heading off into uncharted territory.
I didn’t bring anything home that first day except possibilities and ideas. Eventually, though, I found a couple of wooden cabinets on wheels that had once been used in a dentist’s office. They were perfect for my needs and they gave me a great price on them. Though they offered to load them into my car, I knew I couldn’t lift them out so I went home, got a cart, and wheeled them home one at a time. I had to pace myself, and fortunately the route was level, but I got it done! Later came other parts until I had everything I needed and then the true work began…
There’s no back on the desk, but eventually I’ll place a bookcase on the other side when I find one the size that I want. Beside the three advantages I’ve mentioned (health, storage, and ease of moving) I like that the desk is essentially recycled. Oh, and then there’s price…the entire cost of the desk was $65.00. I also spent $30.00 for the stool (I still have my desk chair and use it elsewhere).
Thus far I love it. I’m someone who has a difficult time sitting still and this makes that easier. I can shuffle my feet, even pace once or twice if I desire. I’ve discovered it does make a difference what I wear on my feet, though. My legs become tired more quickly if I stand in slippers instead of shoes. Still, it feels better to me and even if I only cut my sitting time in half that’s a huge benefit.