Can You Work on the Floor?

Can You Work on the Floor?

Susie Nadler
May 6, 2009

Those of you who work at home may recognize this schedule: A couple of hours at the actual desk, an hour at the kitchen table, another hour on the couch, maybe even (loath to admit it!) an hour or so in bed first thing in the morning. When working at home on a laptop, it can be nice, and even good for productivity, to give yourself a change of scenery. Siew Lian's shoe-rack-turned-laptop-desk, posted on Ikea Hacker, got us thinking about whether we could be comfortable working while sitting on the floor...

Of course, sitting on the floor isn't comfortable for everyone, but we know some people who actually prefer it. For those who do, the floor laptop desk might be just the thing. As Jules from Ikea Hacker points out, the desk has a Zen-like vibe, "perfect for sitting cross-legged and drinking green tea"; we can imagine employing a floor cushion or two as well. And when the desk is not in use for work, it would make a nice low coffee table.

What do you think—would sitting on the floor be a good way to bring a little Zen into your workday? Or is it a back injury waiting to happen?

If you want to give it a try, visit Ikea Hacker for Siew Lian's full description of turning the Babord shoe rack into a desk. Or check out these links to source floor seating:
Roundup: Floor Cushions
Salubrion Floor Seat
Roundup: Extra Seating for Oscar Night

(Image: Ikea Hacker)

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