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Get Up, Stand Up: 10 Do-It-Yourself Standing Desks

Are you a member of the type-all-day crowd? Whether you’re tapping away highly complex code or churning out clever quips in the way of content, it’s more likely than not that you spend the bulk of your workday sitting at a desk. But did you know that it is way better for your health and productivity to stand at your desk?  

Sure, standing all day can have it’s downsides as well but, one good thing to remember when embarking on creating your own standing desk is that a cushioned bar stool is often your best friend. If you’re going the DIY route, there are some basic ergonomics to keep in mind.

As you can see, this poses a problem for laptop work unless you’ve got a separate keyboard, which we think is definitely worth the investment. Here are 10 examples of homemade standing desks to inspire a healthier workday.

1. Bar Stool Workstation: Comprised of a monitor, floating shelf, and clever cable trunking to hide cables, this minimal bar-meets-desk gets the job done. (via Apartment Therapy)

2. Concealed into Bookshelves: Or maybe you want to sneak your standing desk into your interior design scene? Set up your bookshelves so that there happens to be an extra large one at the right height. (via Apartment Therapy)

3. Tabletop Bolted to the Wall: Of course you can also turn a tabletop into an extra large shelf right on your wall. We love the lower level shelving, most likely made from a TV stand or small dresser. (via Jason Garber on Flickr)

4. Floating Corner Desk: Speaking of tabletops that seem to be floating midair, this clever cornerscape was created from Ikea butcher blocks. Kind of genius, no? (via Lifehacker)

5. Sawhorse Standing Desk: We must say, those are the prettiest sawhorses we’ve ever seen. The brilliant move here? Investing in a wellness mat (the kind of padded mat you often see in the kitchen) to make the act of standing all day that much more comfortable. (via Mint Design Blog)

6. Ikea Galant Stand Up Desk: This basically looks like a desk on top of another desk on stilts. And it kind of is. We just wonder where they got those teeny tiny table legs to go in between each level! (via Ikea Hackers)

7. Cabinet Door Counter: Need a really shallow desk for a small space? This hacker took a cabinet door and attached it to the wall. Small space win! (via Ikea Hackers)

8. TV Cabinet + Galant Legs Desk: Another Ikea hack, this take uses the base of a desk with a super low TV cabinet. The results? Fashion and function. (via Spacekat on Github)

9. Elevated Workspace: Why not elevate your entire workspace? We love the vibe of this craft room, work room, get-everything-done room. Just look at all that under-the-desk storage! (via Paper and Ink)

10. Standing Desk + Drafting Table: And last, a slightly more advanced take on the standing desk, created by an architect. The desk unfolds into an angled drafting table, doubles as a pretty portable bar, and looks darn good. Well done. (via Barrett Morgan Design) 

Do you use a standing desk? Would you? Talk to us in the comments below. And if you have pictures of your own homemade standing desk, send ‘em our way via Facebook or Twitter