Should I Invest in a Standing Desk?

Should I Invest in a Standing Desk?

Anthony Nguyen
Jan 18, 2011

Q - I'm starting to get tired working at my desk everyday. I already have an iMac in the kitchen that I use to compute when I need to get away from the office... should I get it off the granite counter and invest in a standing desk? Are there any big health benefits to switching over?

A - We've seen plenty of stand-up desk setups here at Unplggd, but if it's really best for you is really dependent on what kind of benefits you're looking for and if you have space in your place for it.

For example, Gina of Lifehacker, she switched because she wanted to burn off more calories and have better posture. These have been proven in the past and continue to be one of the main reasons why people are slowly stepping away from the "sit around all day in my $2000 chair" paradigm.

For others, it's more of a functional issue. Having an extra standing desk in addition to their home office desk is great for multitasking around the house, having an available computer for guests to use, or simply adding an additional control point in a smart home.

As you said, you owned an iMac that you're already sorta using as an secondary station. This is great - we feel all in one PCs also make great stand up desks with their reduced clutter and large screen estate. Tablet PCs and iPads are also great (see top pic) because you can dock it to charge when needed and take it with you when you leave.

What do you guys think? Is having a standup desk a good idea or just more things to bump into while hunting for food at night?

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