As creatives, we spend a lot of time sitting. Whether it’s working on our blogs, editing videos, or creating our beautiful creations, we end up sitting for most of the day. And research has shown that sitting for hours at a time isn’t very good for us. One solution is to invest in a standing desk, which allows you to stand while you work. At the same time, it ensures that you have the right posture as you use your computer.
Here’s the thing though: standing desks are really expensive. That’s why I’m here to show you how you can get the benefits of a standing desk without breaking the bank.
In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to make a standing desk the cheap-ass way. Not only will it save you money, but it works like a charm.
How to make a standing desk
If you’re short on time, you can watch this 2-minute video I put together to show how I made my own standing desk. If you’re not short on time, watch it anyway because I know you’ll get a giggle out of it 😉 You can also read step-by-step instructions below.
You will need:
- A regular desk or table
- A wall shelf
- Boxes or 18-roll toilet paper packs (or anything else elevated)
- Your laptop or computer display
- Mouse and keyboard
If you don’t have a wall shelf above your desk, start by installing one. Make sure that it is at a height so that when your laptop or display is placed on top of it, the screen will be at eye level.
If you have a wall shelf already, clear a space so that there is enough room for your screen (sorry dust-collecting trinkets…)
I was lucky enough that my laptop fit perfectly on my wall shelf and it was at the right height. Don’t stress if you need to make some adjustments to your office setup. It will be worth it!
Now it’s time to place your boxes on the desk. To make sure they are at the correct height for the best posture, place your wrists onto them as if you were typing. Your shoulders shouldn’t be hunched up but relaxed, and your elbows should be at a 90° angle.
You can definitely experiment with what works for this step. You can make piles of unused books, or use a plastic step. It turned out that 18-roll toilet paper packs were at the perfect height for me. Be creative!
Place your mouse and keyboard on your new desk stand and plug them into your laptop or computer.
Enjoy your new, inexpensive but functional standing desk, as well as the health benefits from not having to sit all day every day!
Something to remember though: switching from sitting to standing takes a bit of adjustment. Here are a few things that can help make the transition more comfortable:
- Start by spending half the day standing, and then work your way up to a full day.
- Take rests every hour to sit down or walk around a bit.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Check your posture often to make sure you aren’t hunching your shoulders, arching your back or slouching.
Let me know if you make or plan to make this DIY. I would love to hear about your experiences using a standing desk. If you do make one, why not post a picture on Instagram to show off your creativity, and tag me (@iamkomposed) so I can check it out!
Thank you so much for reading this blog post – I’ll see you in the next one!