Workspace of the Week: Standing desk in a cubicle

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Jeffrey Abbott’s reconfigured cube:

Research abounds that sitting all day isn’t good for your health. As a result, a lot of desk workers are incorporating standing desks into either part or all of their workspaces. In this week’s featured workspace, Jeffrey Abbot has transformed his cubicle desk into a standing desk with the help of a homemade riser.

I’m sticking with my traditional desk and simply making sure I get up at least once each hour and move around the office. If you’ve been thinking about a standing desk, though, but didn’t know how to make it happen in your workspace, maybe Jeffrey’s uncluttered standing hack could work for you?

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13 Comments for “Workspace of the Week: Standing desk in a cubicle”

  1. posted by Keri on

    I’ve been reading a lot about standing desks lately. I saw one suggestion (I would link but I can’t remember where!) that you could try putting a short table/coffee table on top of your desk to try it out before investing in a standing desk. I might have to give it a try!

  2. posted by GMTB on

    A great idea. I’m putting in the forms to request a hardware change to my corporate cubicle (they switch out the Steelcase components so that I can change the height with just a small lever).

    Much as I love Lifehacker, this article was a good idea in theory but I can only imagine the possible mishaps and accidents:!579173.....nding-desk

  3. posted by Lou on

    It looks as though the elevated computer also somewhat increases privacy. The cubicle divider to the left seems inadequate.

  4. posted by Shalin on

    I’ve had facilities change one of my work surfaces to be at a standing height. It also is a reception area or sorts to have quick, stand-up meetings – double bonus! 🙂

    I really like to change things up and just lay out some documents to read, edit, etc. I haven’t done this to my computer yet as I feel like at least having the option to sit down for that work Maybe I should switch – stand-up for computer time, sit down for reading…hmmm…


  5. posted by Merry on

    love stand up desks .. left my last work just as they were being phased in .. new work can’t afford them … but as for Shalins comment above … the ones that we had in my former employment were power controlled – hit button for up and down to preset levels as recommended by an occupational consultant .. so if you could get your hands on one of those it would solve your problem!

  6. posted by Shalin on

    @Merry, I’d love a compact workstation platform that I can raise/lower my laptop/docking station/extra monitor. Do you have a product/manufacturer name?

  7. posted by Abby B on

    I did exactly what Keri suggests above when I was suffering from tail bone problems and couldn’t sit for five minutes much less hours at a time. It’s a great way to try it out before you invest in a permanent change. You might need to put something under the legs though, to prevent slippage. We used some duct tape, since it wasn’t going to be permanent.

  8. posted by [email protected] on

    This gives me an idea about altering my own workstation (pictured on the bottom left at http://minimalistmum.blogspot......colin.html and not ready for W of the W yet 🙂

    The top level of the desk could be for the monitor and I could raise the keyboard instead….

  9. posted by Katie Alender on

    I have a treadmill desk that I use in varying amounts based on what I’m working on. What I’ve found is that standing still on the treadmill for prolonged periods can cause lower back pain. That’s something people should keep in mind before they make permanent changes to their workstations.

  10. posted by Oakland Office Storage on

    Standing desks, that’s rich. I guess it makes sense if you generally like to stand, or if sitting causes you pain. I think your idea of remembering to get up every so often is best, maybe to grab a file out of your overhead filing storage, or to get some coffee?

  11. posted by Ashley S.C. Walls on

    I have decided to try to the Pomodoro Technique to avoid some of the physical problems associated with sitting for extended periods of time as well as to shift from multi-tasking to multi-achieveing.


  12. posted by tmichelle on

    Another option to relieve stress on your body and to build muscle is to use a large yoga type ball to sit on.

  13. posted by Robert on

    Ha.. thats funny. I’m trying to get out of my cube all together much less stand. That being said there are some tasks that I do where I stand to do em

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