One of my resolutions was to give a standing desk a try. It turns out that desks specifically designed for the job are flipping expensive (Ikea’s one with motors to let you choose the height is the cheapest at £425 and has limited availability in the UK), so I googled around and quickly found lots of hacks people have used to build one on the cheap.
The one I went for was this £14 combination of a few bits from Ikea that I’ve now popped on top of my existing desk. It took about 15 minutes to put together but seems to be holding up after a few days. I also read quite a few people saying that getting a foam mat really helps from a comfort point of view so I picked up one of those for £23.25 from Amazon.
I have to admit it has had a pretty immediate positive effect. I don’t know whether it’s just a spurt of productivity from coming back to work after a break but I do find myself a bit more focused at my desk when I’m standing. I also find I take more breaks and so I’m drinking more water which also leaves me feeling more hydrated at the end of the day. We’ll see how it goes but so far so good!