As a software developer, who sits most of the day, I’ve become concerned with the associated health problems. When you sit still, levels of an enzyme that draws fat from your bloodstream starts to drop, leaving the fat to wreak havoc elsewhere in your body. This increases your risk of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Since I’ve been noticing numbness in my legs and a sore back and shoulders, I wanted to do something about it.
But I didn’t want to spend over $1000 on a motorized desk that doesn’t even have a monitor pedestal or a footrest. So I did a bit of research and decided to go with the following.
So if you’re looking for an affordable and great looking standing desk, take a look at these bar table items from IKEA. For just $250 (CAD), you can get:
- A sturdy Utby desk that can be adjusted to your height. The lower bar can be used as a foot rest, which will help shift your weight off your feet when you’re standing for longer periods of time.
- The Capita bracket raises your monitor to a better height to reduce neck strain.
- The Franklin bar stool will let you sit every now and then because always standing isn’t good for you either. Just ask a cashier at the grocery store. Doctors recommend you stand for 15 mins. and sit for 45 mins. of every hour then adjust the schedule as you get more comfortable standing.
Here’s my shopping list:
Also, the nice thing about the Utby table is you can get just the underframe (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/90117562/) then add a different table top like a Vika Amon (http://www.ikea.com/ca/en/search/?query=VIKA+AMON+Table+top) that comes in a bigger size and different colours.
Hopefully, this will help make you more productive, healthier, and save you money!
Thanks to my friend, Dima (https://twitter.com/#!/dyashkir), for recommending the Utby and Capita.