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standing desk setup
show user profile  9krausec
So I know this has been posted before, but I need some suggestions.

I sit on my ass 13 hours a day and I'm looking to move to a standing desk setup. I have 3 24" monitors, mouse, wacom, keyboard.

I don't like spending a lot of money, but I think this is an important issue for me to tackle. I'm thinking of purchases this to get my monitors up in the air-

and then get some sort of stand or something for my input devices. By the end of the day I'm going to be dropping around 400 dollars to do this. Does anyone else have any other (cheaper) suggestions or is this something I'm going to have to bite the bullet on?

Thanks guys

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8/4/2015 12:26:11 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 12:26:11 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Get a dog (or three).

At least, they keep me from sitting on my ass 12 hours straight like I used to.

I splashed £140 last Christmas getting a proper desk mount for my screens. That alone solved a lot of issues I was having (posture / positioning etc). It had the added benefit of giving me my desk (space) back (which I now clutter with books, notepads, ecigarette stuff and a jar full of nice pens n shit. Here's a link to the mount I got (hefty, well made, sturdy and looks cool to boot: click me ). When I'm not using the secondary monitor, I stick netflix on it and the missus gets the sofa next to me.

The whole field of ergonomics has always struck me as a bit of a marketting sham. "We'll design our chair/keyboard/mouse/desk like this, call it "ergonomic" and jack the price up a lot". As long as your chair / desk / keyboard is comfortable (and you're using it in a non-detrimental way) you'll be fine.

That being said - I had a lower-back problem scare a few years ago and a qualified ostepaths' advice was simply to get a big old medicine ball. Sit on that for a few weeks. Problem totally went away. At that time I was looking into a standing desk setup but really didn't want to be the kinda stock-photo, generic 'standing at my desk', 'doing my work' kinda guy.

In the long term I want to get a 48" flatscreen mounted above my two desk-mounted screens. Use that as reference imaging / film viewing / tertiary screen. I'd also want a fancy arm-type-mount for an 27" Cintiq HD...

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8/4/2015 2:04:08 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:09:49 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
hah, thanks for the input.

Yeah, I get what you are saying about the stock photo standing desk thing. I don't have any back issues (yet) and I am fine sitting, but there are two reasons I want to start standing-

Long term health and because standing alone apparently burns more calories than sitting by a lot. I'm not the most physical guy, but I like to remain active and watching my diet and exercise is important. If I can burn more calories while working then hot damn I'll do it.

Probably just going to throw down the money and buy those mounts. Either way the vesra mounts should be something that will stay around for a long while and I'll get use out of those arm thingys.

Edit: I used to waiter tables a little over a year ago and damn, let me tell you, going from running your ass around all day to sitting on your ass all day is night and day. I feel like a fat ass after a year.

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8/4/2015 2:09:31 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:11:22 AM)
show user profile  LionDebt
Wasn't kidding about getting a dog... Hehe.

Two, hour-long walks every day. Sometimes longer. Sometimes up Arthurs' Seat; a kinda mountain we have hanging out in our city for some reason. Some geologist with a masters in volcanism can probably tell you why.

Even if you're finding yourself spending hours and hours infront of the screen, it's good to take regular little breaks. Stretch the legs, focus on something else for a minute. Eye-sight will be the first thing to deteriorate, the bad-back and sore-knees will come much later :)

Do you use F.Lux?

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8/4/2015 2:14:11 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:14:57 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
No I don't use Flux. I've tried it, but I need to have perfect color accuracy with the type of work I do.

I'd love to get a dog, but as you know, they are huge responsibilities and I can't dedicate enough time to have one at this point in my life sadly enough (can barely give my lady the time she needs, haha).

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8/4/2015 2:22:11 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:22:11 AM)
show user profile  Bolteon
I'm not a fan of the standing desk concept... More into the F1 position style layout.

Either way, sitting upright for many hours a day is terrible for your body. Make sure you work out.

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8/4/2015 2:23:40 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:23:40 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
yeah, I need to get back on the lifting train. I've been biking more, but still not enough. Working on two heavy hitter projects outside of work on my free time. Need to make time to lift.

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8/4/2015 2:24:46 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:24:46 AM)
show user profile  9krausec
Well I just manned up and bought the damn thing. I think it'll be worth it, but I'll let you guys know how it goes.

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8/4/2015 2:50:50 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 2:50:50 AM)
show user profile  digs
That's a cozy looking setup... go to home depot, buy some wood and nails, make some measurements!

I sat on a workout ball at my last gig, not gonna lie, loved it. Just started at the new job today, I saw 3ppl with standing desks. I kinda want one

And yea, get in the gym!
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8/4/2015 5:09:02 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 5:09:02 AM)
show user profile  Sangre
Having to stand up or better yet - walk on a tread mill while doing some work seams like a great idea. Though I think that doing the 3d modeling requires some very accurate mouse movements that can be achieved with a proper elbow support that a nice office chair can provide. Let us know if a proper moue control while standing is not a problem for you.
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8/4/2015 9:01:58 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 9:01:58 AM)
show user profile  FX
I'm with bolts on this , I yearn for the F1 style position, it's the most ergonomic and takes all the stress of the essential pressure points, bum knees etc.

My knees were fucked a few months ago, I mean really bad, but like everyone says, work out, fuck the clients, fuck the deadlines, make you health a priority. (I'm saying that to myself) ;)

If I had a standy uppy desk I'd want it to be able to sit down when I wanted, so some kind of weighted / raising / lowering / locking mechanism would be ideal.

edit: One of these.....but with a realistic price tag ;)

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8/4/2015 9:37:32 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 9:43:36 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
i too find standing a bit 'odd'.

personally, after 11 or 12 hours sitting (with standing/walking about coffee breaks in between) i always push myself to walk my 3 dogs every evening for a good 5 miles or 1-2 hours worth. else i'd be in a shit state.
(i took LD's advise)


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8/4/2015 9:44:01 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 9:51:17 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I'm afraid I have no experience with standing desks. I often find near the end of the day that I wish I could stand, and sometimes do stand, and lean down to my desk.

I think I'd want a desk that moves for sitting and standing though.

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8/4/2015 9:52:15 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 9:52:15 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
wasnt there a rare old photo of you with a zimmer at one time matey? why not invent a zimmer desk. i'm sure there'd be an awesome market for one of those!


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8/4/2015 9:56:30 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 9:56:30 AM)
show user profile  FX
I mountain bike, 20- 30 miles 2 or three times a week, the only problem is I'm in more or less the same position as I am when sitting at my desk....just tilted slightly forward :/

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8/4/2015 10:03:29 AM (last edit: 8/4/2015 10:03:29 AM)
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