I recently read an article about why a standing desk may not be for everyone. Being a proponent of standing at your desk, I am pretty interested in hearing about different users’ experiences and challenges are. If you read the article, you can see that the author is being genuine, and his story detailing why he wanted one, his execution, and how he felt after is quite compelling. Interestingly enough, I thought that the central point of his piece is totally correct: that there are serious health risks to inactivity. That’s not just a key point for standing desks, but in ergonomics in general. While proper positioning and posture play very important roles, being static decreases blood flow, resulting in a myriad of health risks.
But I can’t help but feeling that people sometimes misunderstand how a standing desk should work. For example, the author built his desk for $22.00 worth of Ikea parts. Its an impressive accomplishment, but he still fell into a common trap: instead of sitting all day, he tried standing all day. The problem is the execution in his model. He built a pure standing desk, without the option to easily adjust back to a sitting position. A sit to stand desk solves these issues, providing a convenient way to eliminate inactivity. The point is to have different options available to better suit your needs, not to make you uncomfortable or pass an endurance test. [ Read more ]