Week 164

Johannes reflects on his first week with a standing desk.

We don’t mind a sensible trend. After getting on the bandwagon for power naps, 20 percent “making/inspiration” time1 and always having fresh fruit around, it was time for us to stand up. We have been looking at standing desks for quite some time, research different solutions from adjustable monitor stands to fully automatic desks. The question remained if “standing” would work for us in general.

A very well researched article by The Wirecutter finally did it for us by – once again – reminding us of the Standesk 2200, a smart Ikea hack, that would allow us for very little money (14€) to first test standing while working. So we ordered the parts from Ikea and got going2.

The Ikea sets for our Standesks 2200 are here. #standingdesk #Ikeahack

The Standesk 2200 assembled #standingdesk


So far, I’ve been enjoying the experience a lot. Also, sitting down (after an hour or two standing) has never felt so good. Here are some more observations from the first couple of days with a standing desk:

  • We read somewhere that you need something to put up your foot while standing to relax your back (like at a bar). This is definitely true.
  • Because the distance between your hands and your face is really long, when working like this, you can’t easily touch your face when you read something, which is huge as I seem to be doing that all the time. The consequence is that it’s kinda hard to slump away in front of the computer. So it feels like I’m getting more done. It’s hard to say right now, because we currently have so much work that I can’t be lazy anyway.
  • The longer distance between the monitor and the keyboard also makes me trust my typing skills more while also working more with shortcuts. Looking down to find a key wastes more time and having to use the trackpad will make me lose the orientation of my hand on the keyboard.
  • Lying down for a nap feels really amazing after a morning of standing.

If you have any tips for us for standing while working, send us an email.

As I continue the experiment this week – with a short break for a talk in Hamburg – Igor is mostly traveling to give talks and join panels in Brussels and South Germany. He’ll be back next week with tales from the road.

  1. Now that Google seems to have abandoned the rule, we feel like late adopters. And we’re ok with that. Lots of good stuff can come from ideas abandoned by Google. 

  2. Well, I did. If you ordered the parts for the Standesk 2200 yourself, make sure to order enough screws. Or one might be left…sitting. 

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.