Sitting at a desk all day for hours on end can lead to a myriad of aches and pains. This sedentary lifestyle can lead to tight hips, weak glutes, and sore backs. One easy way to stay moving and combat fatigue in the workplace is to convert your desk to a standing desk. Switching from sitting to standing while you work can help you realign your spine, engage your muscles, and improve circulation.
There are many benefits you can get from upgrading your traditional office seat to a standing desk. Not only does it help ease muscle pain and stiffness, but it can also help your body fight fatigue and stay focused on your work.
Even though standing desks are in high demand due to their benefits, they are still uncommon in many offices and can be expensive to set up. If you want to try standing at work without breaking the bank, below are a few DIY tips for making your own affordable standing desk.
Proper Standing Desk Ergonomics
When setting up your stand-up desk, it’s important to adjust it to the proper height for you. Make sure your keyboard is set so that your elbows are bent at a 90-degree angle. It’s also important to set your monitor at eye level and tilted up slightly.
This ergonomic setup will keep your back, neck, and shoulders in proper alignment throughout the day. If you plan on standing for long periods of time, you should also invest in a soft floor mat to cushion your feet and knees.
How to Make a Standing Desk
Raise your Existing Desk
Many offices have a few unused boxes or crates lying around. Instead of just carrying these boxes to the recycling bin, upcycle them to create a versatile standing desk. If the boxes are sturdy enough, you can either place them on top of the desk to increase the monitor height or put them under the legs of the desk to increase desk height. Since the boxes are sturdy, yet lightweight, it’s easy to set them up when you want to stand and take them down when you need a break.
Refurbish Old Furniture
If you telecommute or do most of your work at home, try refurbishing old furniture like a dresser or cabinet to create a unique and useful standing desk. You can also combine furniture pieces like side tables and shelves to make an adjustable desk that fits your height. When using furniture for your standing desk, keep in mind that your ability to adjust the height is limited. If you need to switch from standing to sitting, you’ll likely have to use a separate office desk.
Build Your Own
Are you experienced with making furniture, or just feeling crafty and willing to try something new? With the right tools, materials, and experience, you could also try making your own adjustable standing desk. Many tutorials are available online and on YouTube that range from expertly engineered adjustable desks to impressive handcrafted desks that are surprisingly affordable.
Relieving Work-Related Aches and Pains
Take some time to familiarize yourself with your new stand-up desk and find a height that works best for you. Whether you’re sitting or standing, remember to maintain proper posture to prevent aches and pains. Slouching, even when standing, can cause muscle weakness and tension. If you start experiencing stiffness and pain while at work, schedule an appointment with an Airrosti provider today.
At Airrosti, our providers are experts at diagnosing the cause of your pain and treating it directly at the source, alleviating injuries quickly and efficiently. Don’t let pain keep you from doing what you love. Find an Airrosti provider near you today!
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