My back aches from slumping over too much while cutting out and pinning fabric on the floor and from sitting and sewing at the machines all day in the sewing shack. I found the only way to counter some of the pain is to work from tall cutting tables and to use a stand-up desk while writing, invoicing and working at the computer. It sure feels better to stand up and work out some of the kinks I put in my back from some of my most tedious fabric jobs.
If you are like me, and you are prone to sit with bad posture, even if you use a stool at the stand-up desk, for some reason, a tall desk encourages better posture. I promise, it works!
If you don’t have the skills or tools to make a custom stand-up desk, design one to fit your needs, and have someone else make it. That is what I did. I got my husband to help measure the height as I held out my hands as though I was typing on a keyboard, and I planned the other features around that measurement. I knew that I would be sitting on a stool some of the time, so I wanted a flip-down shelf for a keyboard rest. The flip-down shelf allowed for a hidden storage compartment.
I also knew I would need two shelves below. One shelf is for the modem and CD burner, and the other shelf holds various odds and ends. Of course I had to paint the legs a fun and funky color, but I wanted the top to be made of recycled and stained wood. It was easy to find the right people to make it. I just visited my favorite antique store, Stray Cats Home Decor, and asked if they could handle the job. Chances are, you have a trusted resource in your neck of the woods too.
Have you tried a stand-up desk at your home or office? What did you think?
For an upcycled desk option, see the photo gallery below.