The desk I built follows the plan of The Standesk 2200, which I discovered via Lifehacker. It’s just a couple of Ikea tables on top of my existing desk, with a shelf attached for the keyboard. I need to get a wider shelf that can hold not only the keyboard but also my mouse/drawing pad, and in the meantime the mouse pad is on a pile of boxes. (Fancy!)
Its greatest advantage is probably that it cost so little to put together, even though I double-sized it. I’d like to replace the table I’m using for it with a black desk, also from Ikea, so the whole thing will look more like a single unit and less hodgepodge. But on the whole it’s fine as is.
Transitioning to standing all day wasn’t as hard as I expected, perhaps because by the time I built this I’d been walking more and strengthening my legs in other ways. But my feet hurt more than I would have expected.
Then I bought some thick exercise floor mats to stand on.
These were the key to my success, I think. They cost more than the desk itself, but since I started using them I haven’t had any of the foot or back strain.
I can’t tell if my switching to a standing desk is improving my lifespan, of course, but I do find that I think clearly while standing. Some activities seem to be better sitting: brainstorming, sketching, that kind of thing. But other work is well-suited to standing.
If you’re considering a standing desk, an inexpensive solution like this one that converts an existing desk — and that’s easy to revert if you find you can’t stand it (hah!) — is worth trying. Let me know if you try it!