Standing Desk Jockey: Seth Brau


31 Responses to “Standing Desk Jockey: Seth Brau”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I found various sources for adjustable desk. I opted for the hand crank version:

  2. kenahoo says:

    I use a stand-up desk too and here’s my advice: your monitor is way too low, your keyboard is way too high. Both are going to give your shoulders a lot of ache.

    Also to ‘jeligula’ about the stool: it’s nice to be able to take little breaks & sit down without having to stop working.

  3. TheOceaneer says:

    While that standing desk is certainly functional, I actually find the “mini-platform built on top of a regular desk” approach more functional. My PC and assorted other junk fit under the platform, effectively doubling the surface area of my desk. This gain is somewhat offset by the footprint of the old PCs that form the basis of my platform, but I still net at least 1/2 desk in surface area.

    I’ll have to submit a picture of my “old PCs and Plywood” setup, as a counterpoint to the pleasing aesthetics of this submission.

  4. sarliaee says:

    DIWTHOLE totally counts.

  5. Anonymous says:

    do they sell convertible (so to speak) desks anywhere?

    with a crank or a winch or something, that you easily could raise them from “sitting height” to “standing height”

    that would be my ideal desk, are you listening, Mr Ikea?

  6. toddmp says:

    parts list? I would love to build one of these.

  7. Moriarty says:

    All this hubbub about sitting and standing, but not a peep about lying prone (face up, face down, OR on the side), squatting, kneeling, treading water, or hanging upside down.

    My “desk” is one of those massage tables with the face hole. I lie face down and work on the floor.

  8. Anonymous says:

    If sitting is so bad why is meditation so good?

  9. sijoma says:

    Hey Seth. This setup looks great. I’m also in NYC, so I would really appreciate some more details on which parts you purchased from where, and how you so dexterously pieced them together. More pics too! Thanks.

  10. Keneke says:

    I do the same at work and home. Both places have a hutch, and when I want to stand, I move the screen up to the top of the hutch (eye level for me, I am 6’4″) and put the keyboard and mouse on a cheap lap desk, the kind with legs. I SHOULD remain standing most of the day, but I do get lazy and put the screen back down from time to time, like when my back hurts. Moving between the two is no problem, though I do have a tangle of wires on my desk for slack.

    Now all I need is a desk that raises and lowers itself. I’ve seen them in office catalogs…

  11. MacBookHeir says:

    Looking at this fellow from this angle it looks like his right middle arm area and elbow are grinding into his work table. Like others here, I worked for years standing at a paste-up table at a newspaper. I never had much actual back trouble but my neck would be stiff and throbbing when 6 AM (quitting time) rolled around – it is kind of funny reading this debate. It’s like reading a debate between people who crawl and people who hop

  12. jeligula says:

    Seth: what is the difference between sitting on a stool at a high desk or a chair at a lower desk?

    • lowwwbrau says:

      I really only use the stool around 10-15% of the time when I’m working. It’s also nice to have for guests at my desk.

  13. joshhaglund says:

    my laptop goes on one milk-crate, my external display goes on another. some days I’ll spend at least 14 hours in front of these electronic contraptions. after hours of standing I push the crates back, pull the devices down, and sit. i prefer working barefoot on a yoga mat or camping mat sorta thing.

  14. SuperDragonMaster79 says:

    I believe he is working on this video?

  15. drsprite says:

    I really like the look of this desk, both before and after the standing desk mod. I really like how simple it is. Pipes and salvaged wood. Very rustic and awesome

    Is it possible to get the width, length and height of the desk pre and post modification?

    Just for my own curiosity..

    • lowwwbrau says:

      Desk is 59″x 29″ height before modification 30″ and after 44″. I’m 5’11 and this height seems to work well… I found a good way to measure was to make the standing desk a couple inches below your elbow when standing.

  16. joshhaglund says:

    oh, and for the foot bar, i have an hp laser jet 4 — it doubles as a printer! we have the same speakers tho.

  17. excitedpixel says:

    I made a Mac app to try to alleviate death from sitting, because I don’t have a standing desk at work:

  18. Aunt Babe says:

    When I started working for Big Pharma, we were required to have some training in ergonomics. I was skeptical, but for me having a proper monitor height and wrist pads helped immensely.

    In the photo above it looks like his monitor isn’t high enough for the top to be eye-level, maybe that would help with the neck strain? Here’s some info about how lowering monitors can help with eye strain, but possibly too low could cause a crick in your neck…

    It would seem to me that the rules for ergonomics when sitting should apply when standing…Mark F, do you know of anyone who actually
    studies ergonomics who could corroborate?

  19. alowishus says:

    I’m a freelance writer and video producer–with a toddler. I’m lucky if I can get a few hours of desk time in during the day. I must be doing it wrong.

  20. Jake0748 says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading these articles about standup desks, and everyone’s opinions. Having worked as a cook/chef most of my life, its not an issue I have to grapple with myself. :D

  21. lewis stoole says:

    i recall my boss doing this 18 years ago. it seemed quirky and interesting at the time, but he said it kept him feeling active and alert. if he were around today, i am sure he would get a kick out of seeing this frequently blogged on boingboing (and i am sure he would have enjoyed boingboing as well).

  22. tylerkaraszewski says:

    I am still interested in trying out this standing desk thing for a month, but before I begin, I want to know what I can do at the end of the month to test and make sure it’s working.

    • arikol says:

      nothing you can do to check.

      If you’re lucky then the worst pain from your feet has started subsiding..

      Having worked in different scenarios:
      sitting (office),
      standing(factory) and
      sitting/standing/running around

      I will say that sitting all day doesn’t make me feel good. But standing all day doesn’t feel that good either. When you’ve done that for a couple of years… nahhh, not for me. I had the kind of job where I could move around quite a bit, not standing at a conveyor belt or anything, and not every day would be alike.
      Sitting/standing/walking and running errands just seemed perfect for MY body (can’t vouch for yours).

      All that said, I would prefer a standing desk because a high chair can be obtained, and thus the best of both worlds. But I would actually prefer to also have a low futon sofa or something like that for sitting/lying in weird positions for reading and notetaking…

  23. Amelia_G says:

    I experimented with working on a mini stairstepper, but the neighbors complained about the noise. Shakespeare would have said there are three things that cannot be hid: love, a cough, and the ships engines din of a dumpster-rescued stairstepper.

  24. andbigdaddy2 says:

    I worked for Johnson and Johnson as a CSR and all the desks where able to be raised to be standing desks. We had to stand fifteen minutes out of every hour. Was a fun place to work.

    • TEKNA2007 says:

      Has anyone tried gaming at a stand-up desk? I guess that would be like playing an arcade game at the mall.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I’d like a list of the parts, with measurements, as well. Thanks in advance.

  26. Wallenstein says:

    “I find putting on some good music and dancing around tends to help with the aches and pains of standing”

    This doesn’t sound like a great endorsement!

    Surely it’s no different to saying “I find putting on some good music and dancing around tends to help with the aches and pains of sitting”… i.e. it’s what most people know already, that if you sit (or stand) in the same spot for hour after hour you’ll get aches, so you need to shake it up every 50 mins?

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