I am on a mission to change the way I work at home, starting with moving to a standing desk. I’ve written about my office issues in the past (kids are downstairs, office is upstairs, yadda yadda yadda), but with school quickly approaching, I’ll actually be able to spend time in the office during the day. Do you hear the angels singing?
For the past six months, my office has been my dining room table. Sure, I get up and move every 10 seconds to break up a fight, open a cheese stick, or help someone in the bathroom, but I still feel like I sit way too much. And the more I sit, the worse I feel. According to my latest Runner’s World issue, “Sitting is the new smoking” and whatnot. In other words, sitting sucks for your body, even if you work out regularly.
In an effort to minimize my sitting (and increase my productivity), I’m converting to a standing desk. I searched Pinterest high and low for standing desks and found everything from fancy custom (read: expensive) desks to IKEA hacks and beyond.
In the end, I think, due to the small space and sharing the office with the husband, I decided on a wall-mounted desk, similar to this design from IKEA Hackers. We have a perfect little cove next to the window with just the right amount of space, and of course, plenty of natural light.
I went to Lowes yesterday and picked up the supplies: a Melamine shelf, two 115lb brackets, liquid nails, and drywall anchor screws. Thanks to Lowes’ military everyday military discount, I spent just $27 on supplies. I ended up having to enlist the help of the husband during installation, but it was quite simple to install. I chose to use Liquid Nails to attach the shelf to the brackets so I could avoid ugly nail holes on my desktop. When it’s time to move, the desk can be easily removed and the screw holes can be patched. It’ll be like the desk was never there!
One of the things I love most about this desk is how much storage space I created! I now have the entire underside of the desk to place storage units. It’s going to be nice to have some real room for my office supplies and crafting stuff. Maybe I’ll even be motivated to start papercrafting again!
It’s not a Pinterest-worthy area just yet (and why we have a space heater out in July is beyond me). I’m going to slowly purchase pretty (and functional) storage for underneath and a few items for the wall space above. I’d also like to get a standing mat (something I’ve been told is essential for those using a standing desk) and maybe a tall chair for when I need to sit.
Overall, I’m extremely pleased with the way it turned out! I’ll be sure to share more updates as I add storage and decor.
Do you have a standing desk at work or home? If not, is it something you’d consider switching to?