I have a stand up desk and love it! My set up consists of two desks (one in front and one behind). I use a ball chair for my sitting desk and then turn around and stand up for my standing desk. I use the sitting desk for my writing-type tasks and my standing desk for all of my digital forensics / data entry , etc. tasks that require a lot of swapping media in and out, software installation and testing, and other tasks that don't require a consistent stream of typing.
The desk is able to be used as a sitting or standing desk and is part of the VL2 series pneumatic table. Something like: http://www.versatables.com/products/electric-lift-table/
It really helps me from a skeleton and muscle perspective. Procurement under an Occupational Health and Safety request is often an option.
And I agree that I'm more focused and can do the repetitive work for longer when I'm doing it at my standing desk.
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bohyun Kim
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 12:27 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Stand Up Desks
I use a bookcase in my office as a standup desk (photo below in the link) but it is really a matter of willpower I think. I get tired when I try to do concentrated work while standing and my experience is that I cannot stay standing and working at the same time more than 15 min even if I try hard although this may depend on each person. =) Even with the alarm I often ignore it and don't stand up. Then everything is in vain. Something to think about before investing in a new piece of furniture.
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark Pernotto
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 12:09 PM
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Subject: [CODE4LIB] Stand Up Desks
Despite my best efforts of sitting up straight, getting an ergonomic chair, making sure my desk is a proper height (I'm a tall guy, so my desk is 'modified' to reflect this), and I make sure I stand up and at least stretch every 30 minutes (or so), my back still bothers me some days.
I saw a Wired article a few months back hailing the benefits of stand up desks (http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/mf-standing-desk/), and also found an article in NY Times (
and wondered if there were any other developers/list members who used them.
In my mind, I'm trading one problem for another, and I'm not sure I want to be standing up all day long. On the other hand, my back is killing me today.