I wanted to do a post where I show off my work setup with my home-made standing desk, and how it has evolved in the last year or so.
Previously, I had a normal home office like everyone else. I had what I thought was a pretty sweet setup going with 3 monitors running off of my Surface Pro 2. I hadn’t even considered a standing desk because who wants to stand all day?
All that changed when I got tired of having pain in my knee from being bent all day under my desk.
I’ve had issues in the past with my knees: Osgood–Schlatter in one that was a killer when I was a teenager, and now semi-constant pain and popping in the other as an adult. I had a doctor look at it a few years ago and he felt it for 3 seconds and pretty much told me that there was nothing wrong and I was just making up the pain. Thanks for that $200 bill, Doctor. Pretty frustrating to say the least. For the most part it was bearable. If I moved around enough during the day, it wouldn’t keep me up at night, but after a while it seemed to be getting worse after I switched jobs (job where I moved around -> working from home). Sitting in a chair all day was just starting to kill me, so I started doing research.
After looking at standing desks off and on for a few months, I decided that it was worth a shot. At first, I just tried putting some cardboard boxes underneath my keyboard and mouse (real classy, I know), and it worked okay, but then I’d get neck pain from looking down all day since I didn’t have a way to raise 3 monitors high enough to get them where they needed to be. It was time to build my own.
I tried finding some good plans online, but I couldn’t really find one that had a monitor stand like I needed so I tried to just re-create my sitting desk dimensions into a standing desk. I ended up getting a piece of 2’x4’x0.5” board as the main platform, with a piece of 2’x4’x0.5” board as the monitor stand. Then some 4”x4” and 2”x2” posts to create the stand-offs. I also had to get some brackets to mount it on the wall (I’m too lazy to make legs too).
(After the first coat of stain)
No more knee pain! It’s been a long time since I’ve gone this long without an issue, so I’ve been extremely happy. There was a solid 2 week break-in period for my back and hips. It’s a good idea to have something to sit on when your legs start to get tired, and is tall enough to still be able to work.
This setup worked great, but after I upgraded to the Surface Pro 4, I decided that I wanted to try out a 4K TV as my only screen. I ended up pulling the trigger on an Amazon daily deal for a Seiki SE42UM TV. For how cheap it was, it has been great. Before I was able to get the active adapter to handle conversion from mini-DisplayPort 1.2 -> HDMI 2.0, I was stuck with 2160p@30Hz, which was pretty painful. But now that I have the adapter, 2160p@60Hz runs great! I haven’t had any issues at all. The only thing I can really complain about is that since this is a cheaper Seiki, I don’t have full 4:4:4 chroma, but I don’t work with a lot of colors, so it’s not the end of the world.