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Standing Desks

I'm definitely going to get a standing desk - do any of you guys use them? If so, what company did you buy from, and do you have any complaints or things you really like about your particular brand?

Here are the 3 I'm trying to decide from:

  1. UpDesk
  2. GeekDesk
  3. ErgoDepot

If you're just starting your standing desk research quest by the way, Updesk hit me up on twitter with their ebook which is useful.

UpDesk
Updesk

GeekDesk

ErgoDepo:

almost 4 years ago, by pineapple

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st0rk

My legs hurt and I got fat in 7 months, I will go the cheap route first http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/Ikea-Standing-desk-for-22-dollars.html

st0rk, almost 4 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010

Getting out the popcorn....

I haven't used either of the three but I used a manual adjusting standing desk for about 4 months and I loved it. They had the extra high chairs so you didn't have to screw around with adjusting the height. For me swapping back between standing and sitting every 1-3 hrs was best. A added benefit is that if your're standing and listening to deadmau5, you instantly start dancing in place LOL.

The mahogany UpDesk looks sooo sexy!
http://www.myupdesk.com/updesk/mahogany-medium

SkinnyGeek1010, almost 4 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010

I like the UpDesk in mahogany!

I used a manual adjustment standing desk for about 4 months and it had an extra high chair that you could use without lowering it. I found that switching every 1-3 hrs worked best for me. The best perk is that when you turn deadmau5 while standing you immediately start dancing in place =)

The least productive desk i've seen LOL (at Airbnb)
Imgur

SkinnyGeek1010, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

The funny thing is I know at LEAST 3 people with treadmill desks...... how that works I have no idea but apparently they're very popular :P

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

bonzai

oooo those look nice. i have heard these are great, although they are quite expensive

bonzai, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

Just bought this one in Large frame/Large tabletop - black frame, with black finish.

http://www.geekdesk.com/default.asp?contentID=633

NOTE: For those considering Updesk, they only go 42.5" high... good luck using that if you're 6'2" tall like me. They offer a "wheel extension kit" but that only adds 3" and ain't nobody got time for that.

According to this image its supposed to be up to your elbows, and on me thats around 47"

standing desk

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

Also note -- if you go for geek desk, make sure you don't confuse the v3 with the 'max' model. They look identical, but one is $200 more just for lifting an extra 100 lbs.

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010

Just bought this one in Large frame/Large tabletop - black frame, with black finish.

Woo Hoo! Let us know how you like it!

SkinnyGeek1010, almost 4 years ago

pineapple
posted by SkinnyGeek1010 on Sat, Feb 23 at 11:56PM

Just bought this one in Large frame/Large tabletop - black frame, with black finish.

Woo Hoo! Let us know how you like it!

Now I just must wait... and wait... :(

Apparently they don't ship for 2-3 weeks because they are in high demand.

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

adiakritos

I've heard about the benefits of a standing desk from Eban Pagans "Get Altitude" program. I think I'll try this.

adiakritos, almost 4 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010

All of this standing desk talk got me in mood to improvise... I commandeered the kitchen island and converted into a standing desk. Apparently an archaic copy of Websters and a Cinderella book make the perfect height for a standing desk =D. The screen is a bit too low but it works haha.

Imgur

SkinnyGeek1010, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

Github sticker!

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

I recognize that vim setup, too :D

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010

I recognize that vim setup, too :D

Yep! It's awesome!! Thanks again, that was the thing that helped me remove Sublime from my dock =)

Github sticker!

lol, yea i'm a bit obsessed with Github... great company!
I just put this little guy on my laptop...

sticker

SkinnyGeek1010, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

Here's the standing mat I got... looked around and asked a lot of people, this one is the 'ultimate' one from what I hear

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004XYSQFA/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

lush
posted by pineapple on Mon, Feb 25 at 05:57PM

I recognize that vim setup, too :D

Any chance you could share this on GitHub or something? Cheers!

lush, almost 4 years ago

pineapple
posted by lush on Thu, Mar 7 at 10:16AM
posted by pineapple on Mon, Feb 25 at 05:57PM

I recognize that vim setup, too :D

Any chance you could share this on GitHub or something? Cheers!

https://github.com/9mm/.vim

pineapple, almost 4 years ago

lush
posted by pineapple on Thu, Mar 7 at 10:51AM
posted by lush on Thu, Mar 7 at 10:16AM
posted by pineapple on Mon, Feb 25 at 05:57PM

I recognize that vim setup, too :D

Any chance you could share this on GitHub or something? Cheers!

https://github.com/9mm/.vim

Danke!!!

lush, almost 4 years ago

pineapple

Just came in the mail!! Assembled it all this morning, back is killing me from this ikea-ass-assembly shit, but it is AWESOME.

I need to sit down now and rest my back (ironically) from being hunched over, but tomorrow i start fresh and I'll report about my experiences.

Day 1: Exhausted from putting it together. I can feel its presence and greatness however lurking.. brewing beneath the surface. It's like the monitor i used to look at is a completely different monitor now. It's a very odd feeling. Also -- I'm MUCH more encouraged to not use the mouse.. IE its time to shred vim like yngwie malmsteem. I'm not sure if it's because of the way my arms are now positioned but its like I'm right up close and personal and it doesnt feel like my keyboard or monitor are far away (even though its the same distance). It's just having it be level with my forearms make it much more natural feeling.

pineapple, over 3 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010

woo hoo! glad you like it!

How does it feel now after a few days?

SkinnyGeek1010, over 3 years ago

pineapple
posted by SkinnyGeek1010 on Wed, Mar 20 at 08:10PM

woo hoo! glad you like it!

How does it feel now after a few days?

It's brutal. I pretty much go to sleep feeling like I did an 8 hour workout, then ran 10 miles, then had a boxing match with a UFC fighter.

In the end its mostly my legs, lower back and ankles (and heels) that are killing me. I'm slowly getting stronger though, and I notice that I'm standing less and less. Day 1 actually wasnt that bad, I think day 3 so far was the worst because my muscles are all so sore at that point.

Focus is still VERY good though. The other benefits are awesome. I can multitask like a MF (I didnt even think it was possible for me to get better at multitasking). I also waste less time, even though I was very good about that before, I'm even better at it now. I think the awareness of acute discomfort makes you just really productive (but the kind of discomfort you can forget about. It's not like a constant itch or anything).

The only thing that I need to fix is that I kind of have flat feet, so my standing pad isnt enough. I need some kind of very strong arch support things I can stand on or something. Aside from that I'd recommend it to anyone

pineapple, over 3 years ago

lush

The only thing that I need to fix is that I kind of have flat feet, so my standing pad isnt enough. I need some kind of very strong arch support things I can stand on or something. Aside from that I'd recommend it to anyone.

Just get a pair of these. You can thank me later.

lush, over 3 years ago

SkinnyGeek1010
posted by SkinnyGeek1010 on Wed, Mar 20 at 08:10PM

woo hoo! glad you like it!

How does it feel now after a few days?

It's brutal. I pretty much go to sleep feeling like I did an 8 hour workout, then ran 10 miles, then had a boxing match with a UFC fighter.

In the end its mostly my legs, lower back and ankles (and heels) that are killing me.

Oh wow, that sound's pretty gnarly! Have you tried sitting for a bit every 2-3 hours? Personally that's the only way I can survive a 12 hour day! When I used to work a tool repair shop we had to stand all day and even with those ergo rubber mats it was still a pain (no pun intended lol).

I've also seen some crazy squishy foot discs to stand on... never tried them though.

SkinnyGeek1010, over 3 years ago

pineapple

I have to write about how I am now... I planned on having some kind of daily thing. little did i know how hard it was going to be the first few days. Now that I'm well into it I'm mostly used to it and definitely PREFER standing to sitting.

I shall put a few more details soon when its not 8am

pineapple, over 3 years ago

pineapple

After a few weeks of using it I MUCH prefer standing to sitting now. I really wasn't sure during the early phases, I thought I was going to have to go work in the coal mines and give up programming, that's how awful it was. My heels felt like i was standing on nails, my shins hurt, all my joins in my legs hurt, my back was exhausted. I slept like I had been skiing all day.

Then I'd say after a week I felt a bit more normal, and now 15 days later it ain't no thang. I'm completely used to it now (although I'm looking for a nice pair of lightweight shoes that I'm going to put large arch support inserts in.. i have somewhat flat feet and it does make that a bit more noticeable).

Now that I'm standing it just makes it awesome to work. I usually sit after lunch for 30 minutes or so while I relax and do whatever, then I'll usually sit for maybe an hour in the evening... but as I said before sitting sucks now and I feel incredibly compelled to STAND, even at 11pm after a long day standing.

When I started the effects were very exaggerated... The desk basically forces you to experience acute discomfort which makes you really hyperfocus on what you're doing. How the discomfort isn't really noticeable but I get the same effect.

It also makes it feel like the computer is an extension of you rather than just an object you sit at... I think it has to do with the fact that you're standing and your arms are right there, and the monitor is right there as you are in a natural position. It's hard to describe, but my vim skills have increased at least 30-40%

Everything overall is highly recommended :D Just make sure you shift your weight so your joints get enough fluid. Standing for insane periods of time isn't good either, but your body will let you know (just don't give up in early stages)

pineapple, over 3 years ago


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