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.


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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 (, 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.