I have worked at a standing desk for a number of years and can attest that it does help with back problems. There is one thing that you need to factor in however, is your floor carpeted? I know it may sound trivial but at a previous institution, I was moved from a carpeted office to a bare tile office during repairs and it just killed my feet. It wasn't until I got an area rug that things started to get better. Former colleges have also attested that using exercise balls instead of chairs also help. 


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From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nathan Tallman
Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2013 12:26 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Stand Up Desks

A bit late to the conversation, but there was a neat instructable this week about making your own standing desk.
Thought I'd share for those who are handy.


On Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 12:09 PM, Mark Pernotto <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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 (
> r-in-the-workplace.html?_r=1&) 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.
> Suggestions?
> Mark