Over these few months of being a SAHD, I’m gradually experiencing aches in various parts of the body – most notably the neck, shoulders, and elbows. I suspect it has to do with the fact that I am spending extended hours at a table and chair that are not optimal for a person of my height, leading to pain at the joints and muscles.
So if I was to look for a solution, what could a good answer be? Outside of buying an entirely new desk and chair of course.
Enter, the standing desk.
A standing desk is a desk conceived for writing, reading, or working, while standing up or while sitting on a high stool. The term stand-up or stand up desk is also used. During the 18th and 19th centuries, standing desks were popular in the homes and offices of the rich. – Wikipedia
I settled for a revamp of my table instead, stacking books and boxes to create my own version of the standing desk. It’s more of a computer platform rather than an actual desk, to be honest. It’s ugly as hell but I guess it works.
My laptop screen is more or less at eye level when I’m standing, and my wireless keyboard allows my arms to type almost fully straightened (eliminating joint issues and possibility of cubital tunnel syndrome). The mouse is elevated a little bit higher than what the keyboard is, because a mouse that’s positioned too low will cause the wrist to bend at an awkward angle, which is uncomfortable and likely to induce pain in the long term.
One thing that requires a bit of getting used to, is the fact that I’m standing while using the laptop. The legs get tired after a while, and I’m required to shift around, go do some stuff around the house – in short, taking a break. But hey, frequent breaks from the computer is a good thing isn’t it?
No pictures for now, because it honestly looks crap. I’ll check back with updates on how much better the body feels, but for now it’s a relief to not have my elbow ache after a few hours at the desk.
Talk about first world problems huh?