Most likely you’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Unfortunately as a developer we spend most of our days sitting down behind a computer screen typing away. A lot of co-workers, and friends have been telling me the benefits of getting a standing desk but instead of reliving my time standing for hours at Office Depot I really wanted something that I could either sit or stand at.
I went on a search: starting with the furniture stores trying out many desks that came up short. Being an engineer I really wanted something… over-engineered. My first desk I ended up wearing a hole in. That desk was from IKEA and ever since then I’ve bought quality.
I wanted something that would allow me to stand or sit, while taking a ton of abuse. If I wanted to solder on it then I should be able to solder!
This post will outline what I did to make my standing workbench. What I decided to build ended up being roughly 200 lbs so if you are not into olympic lifting then I recommend you get someone to help you put the thing together.
The guts of the workbench are these legs that I found on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/HighRise-Electric-Height-Adjustable–Stand/dp/B00FBTN6RY. They are made by a company I’ve never heard of before but had good enough reviews. When they showed up I definitely could tell they were well made. The linear actuators worked seemlessly and the manual on putting it together was exceptional.
I could have gone with many different tops. For instance I used to work off of an old door converted into a desk. But I wanted something that would last longer than the legs most likely. For that I decided to buy a workbench top built by Grizzly.
Remember I wanted something over-engineered.
You can check out the workbench top here: http://www.grizzly.com/products/Solid-Maple-Workbench-Top-60-Wide-x-36-Deep-x-1-3-4-Thick/G9918
Something that wasn’t Grizzly’s fault but still noteworthy was that UPS Freight really sucks as a shipping service. They called me 4 times to reschedule a dropoff. So don’t hold your breath if you decide to order anything that gets delivered via UPS Freight.
Putting it together
Putting the workbench together really wasn’t hard. The manual was reasonable enough.
The general idea is to lay everything out like this:
Then put the legs together:
Finally route all the wires underneath:
And you end up with a new desk!
We spend so much time at our desks we might as well optimize as best as we can to live a healthy life. This is something I found to greatly improve my happiness as a developer. Let me know what you think.