Originally Posted by Brad Davis
Resurrecting this thread.
I'm interested in changing my office furniture to a standing workstation. Does anybody have a particular commercially available set in mind? I did some searching online and didn't really care for the choices that I found. I do a combination of typing on a computer, reading, and doing old fashioned manual engineering calculations, probably about equally among the three.
The commercial standing desk market is lacking, that's for sure, but these could be suitable for your needs.
A quick browse through the price catalog and they're running $600 to well over two grand. Neat, but expensive.
Quite a bit more reasonably priced.
That's a fancy perforated kick-plate..and unnecessary?..and upwards of $2k.
For the Ben Franklin in us all.
An IKEA desk with custom legs. Probably the cheapest option (it's IKEA, the desk is maybe $25?..though likely not the strongest or most stable desk around).
About the manual engineering calculations, I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear others still do those. Hell, I'm a child of the digital revolution but I still enjoy a good pencil on paper and often prefer its ease to the confines of a computer. It might be my ADHD, but variability is key for keeping the flow of ideas and productivity fresh. I sometimes hunch over a knee height coffee table for the intense and deep thought transfer. But my best feelings come when using a drafting board. It's angled nature is kind to the eyes and minimizes strain on the neck (not craning over a flat table). I've envisioned my ideal work space as a standing drafting board, large enough to accommodate a good spread of ideas/work, adjustable degree of slope so if required a reference book wouldn't slide off when left untouched, and with maybe another panel/platform on each side for a sizable mug of coffee. Within easy reaching distance there would be an assortment of drawers.
Wow, got a little dreamy there on the digression; from the practical to the abstract as I so often go.
A quick google image search yielded this http://www.greenlightoffice.com/offi...m-oak-top.html
. It's close, but doesn't look to accommodate standing.
A thought: Have a local wood craftsman create a desk tailored to you. It might cost more than the $700 geek desk, but I bet it'd be within the range of the others (sub $2000), and maybe it's more economic than that.. I don't know. Regardless, the quality of the wood, labor, and artistry would yield a solid product, unquestionably leading to a quality much greater than that of the particle board constructs so common to modern consumer goods. It'd be an object worthy of passing on to the offspring.....or go the modded-IKEA route and build a desk on a Saturday morning for a twentieth of the cost.