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Ask HN: Standing workstations
2 points by reedlaw on Aug 10, 2010 | hide | past | web | favorite | 2 comments
To anyone with experience using a standing desk on a daily basis: do you recommend using a treadmill or simply standing in place? How did you go about making your workstation, or if you bought it, what did you buy and can you recommend it to others?

Remember the hilarious Salli Saddle Chair ad that went viral? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HIt3D7Ivfc

I've been obsessed with finding one of these ever since, but they seem to start at $500 -- which is too much for a chair for me. If anyone can suggest an economical alternative, I'd love to hear it!

When I wanted to try a standup desk, I just took my regular desk and jacked it up. I used 5-gallon plastic buckets attached to some wood, but you could use anything really.

This way, I got to feel out a standup desk for no cost, and got to experiment with different heights and configurations before I invested in one. For example, I initially thought I'd want to get a tall stool for the times I was tired of standing. After a few days with my standup desk, it never even occurred to me to sit.

Once I knew I loved a standup desk, and knew what height I wanted, I found the Ikea UTBY desk to be just right and super cheap: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S49843462

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