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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 240825 27-Sep-2018 16:06
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Over the past few years my home office workstation has steadily evolved according to my ergonomic preferences, work requirements and addressing back issues.


It started off as a fairly standard DIY quad-monitor (which I find essential for my development work, analysis etc) sitting desk + basic office chair. Also tried the swiss ball thing for a while but found I'd still tend to slouch on it.


After a while I upgraded to the classic Aeron chair for better support during long hours at the PC.


Eventually I decided alternating between standing / sitting would be a healthier way to go so I added an electric lifting kit to my existing desk-top + gas struts to support my additional monitors, PC etc. I also ditched the Aeron for a more basic model that would take up less space as I wouldn't be using it as often.



I found standing also still allowed me to slouch and after long periods it's too much better than sitting. I also found it annoying that when I did have to sit for long periods I couldn't stretch out my legs due to the back / drive shaft on the desk.


During the last summer I devised the walking desk contraption you can see in the background below consisting of an old treadmill, glass coffee table top and AiO PC running the CloudReady version of ChromeOS which I used to work online or RDP into my workstation. During the summer I had the whole thing on a covered balcony overlooking bush so was often able to work outside in fresh air. As it got colder I moved it indoors next to my full workstation which I put standard legs back on and upgraded chair to I can fully recline back and stretch out as needed.



I found walking at a slow pace far better than standing for posture etc and many back issues disappeared. Combined with sitting comfortably when tired and/or needing to really concentrate has significant advantages over previous setups.


The obvious downside of this though is the lack of full monitors on the walking desk, lack of height adjustment and time/effort to switch between the two meaning I don't fully utilise it as often as I'd like to.


I've currently contemplating a Mark IV design to find some way to combine the two systems.


Now there are better lifting units on the market I can get one without the cross-bar / back so I can stretch my legs out when seated.


I'm currently trying to come up with a way to easily swap between the chair / treadmill on the same desk-top and looking at the following options:



  1. Height adjustable desk-top slides left/right over seating position or treadmill (I'd remove everything above the track level of the treadmill).
  2. Custom chair wide base w/ 4x large wheels that can "straddle" the treadmill (chair can be rolled over end of treadmill with different office layout than as pictured).
  3. Some system of raising desk, folding treadmill up and out of the way.


Don't want to put a chair directly on top of the treadmill as not to damage it and also it too heavy to lift regularly, also not keen on a side-by-side option that some do as won't work as well with quad-monitors.



Interested if anyone else has similar setups and/or ideas?

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 2098444 29-Sep-2018 10:00
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It certainly is bad for me, arthritis means standing would put me out of action after a day of it.




I find a straight, firm chair (not a wheeled spin office chair), with a straight hard back is best.



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  Reply # 2105339 10-Oct-2018 10:48
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Due to moving from house into apartment hence downsizing I've put the standing and walking desks on TradeMe and will build myself a new compact version.


I'm happy to give Geekzone users $100 cash-back on buy now.

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