Cheap Standing Desk
Having recently moved house and finally having some space for a home office after years of camping periodically at my dining table when working from home, i was faced with the nice dilemma of what sort of desk and chair to buy.
Having recently had some back issues and also conscious of the negative effects of sitting down for too long (oh and just worked out i’ve probably spent at least 25,840 hours sitting at a desk in the last 17 years), I started thinking about standing desks.
Whilst standing desks have been a bit of a trend recently, i wasn’t 100% convinced of the idea, that plus my relatively small budget meant i had to do something thinking.
After a bit of research i found the cheapest sit/stand desk arrangement that i could find (without doing some DIY). I ended up going for the £175 Ikea Starsta Sit/Stand desk , by far the cheapest i could find (the next cheapest i could find anywhere is the £465 Ikea Bekant ). and paired that with a £35 Nilserik stool for resting. In order to protect my carpet, the soles of my feet and my wallet i also bought some £20 John Lewis Floor guards (you get 4 in a pack, i only use 2, the other two are under my daughters desk chair).
Whats it like?
Its been 3 weeks and about 8 or 9 days of 8 hour a day use (as a consultant i flit between working away and working from home) and here are my thoughts so far:
- Using a standing desk hasn’t been as much of a shock to my body as i feared it might. I’ve had no major aches and pains, if/when i do get them during the day (mostly a soreness in my heel) i simply lower my desk and sit on the stool for a bit (as i am when i’m typing these words).
- The compromise that came with getting a very very cheap (my desk is easily 10% of the price of some sit/stand desks) is that i have to manually crank a handle, which takes about 90 seconds to move from sit/stand. It’d be great to just press a button but i saved myself £290 against the next best alternative, so i feel like i made the right compromise
- getting some mats was a very very good idea. i did ponder getting some anti-fatigue mats, and depending on how the next few weeks go i may do that, but i went for the cheap option and so far i’m very happy with them.
- Desk wobble was something i worried about having watched video reviews. its not an issue at all. yes there is some monitor wobble when i’m being particularly ferocious with my typing, but its not massive and its not a big deal.
I definitely need to raise my monitor, in both sit and stand its about 8cm too low. I might just get some a4 printer paper as a cheap way of raising the height or might spend 20 quid on a cheap monitor arm.
All in all i’m really happy with the setup, it works, its very cheap for a sit/stand set up, actually its v cheap for any home office setup! (currently £230 all in, although you could knock a tenner off as i’ve used 50% of the floor mats elsewhere).
If i have any other thoughts or major developments i may blog about the setup again, thanks for reading about desks and chairs you sad, sad person, now bog off and be the caring, creative and intelligent person you know you can be 😀
In order to get my monitor to a proper eye level I purchased a Duronic single monitor arm from Amazon for £22. Which works really well. Only downside is I couldn’t get part of the monitor stand off my monitor, hence why it’s dangling in the photo below 😬
I still have the same basic setup, however i’m now looking at getting a proper office chair to replace the stool. Having now worked from home solidly for 2.5 months the stool is just too uncomfortable!