How much do you sit during the day? For those who have a standard office job, the answer might surprise you. You might spend a lot of your days sitting down. That, researchers have found, is far from healthy. Take into consideration a recent report from NPR. The news organization spoke to a researcher at South Carolina University who conducted a survey showing that men who sat in excess of 23 hours a week faced a 64 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease than those who set less than 11 hours per week.
The Good News
Want to avoid potentially fatal heart problems? Why not build your own standing desk? A standing desk is what it sounds like, a desk at which you stand as opposed to sit. If you are using a standing desk as your main desk, you’ll be eliminating a great deal of those idle hours of sitting. And the best news? You are able to build your own standing desk with little effort and few dollars. The editors at Website Lifehacker provided a straightforward recipe for building a simple, effective standing desk. Here’s the quick version of it.
The Easy Way
If you only require a simple desk, Lifehacker suggests creating a standing desk that utilizes Ikea’s Utby legs. Though this desk will be smaller, you’ll be able to fit your laptop, monitor and keyboard easily enough on it. You should have space, too, to have a lamp and storage. To construct this desk, buy a Vika Amon Top, Utby under frame, Ekby Jarpen shelf and one set of Capita legs. You can find all these parts at Ikea for a total of about $140. Best of all? According to the Lifehacker story, you can put this desk with only a screwdriver.
A Bit More Complicated
You can also use Ikea parts to create slightly more complicated wide standing desk, according to Lifehacker. Again, you can find the parts you’ll need at your nearest Ikea: five Vika Byske legs, two packs of Capita brackets, one Lack shelf and one Vika Amon tabletop. These items should run you about $250. This desk will provide you with more space, for both your tech along with your supplies. But it will be slightly more challenging to build. You’ll need a power drill. But try not to let that scare you. Lifehacker still ranks this desk as a “medium” with regard to difficulty.