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Topic # 154326 24-Oct-2014 14:09
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What can I say.....  I'm a sheep.

I'm trying the idea of a 'standing desk' at work, after being conscious more lately of the amount of time spent on my butt and seeing a few articles on the subject lately.

My setup:
I have a generous sized L shaped office desk.  My computer was in the corner, but I now have my screens and keyboard at the short end on top of a cut down 60cm wide closet door that is sitting on a couple of $10 Warehouse bookshelves (product code 9400032948751 if anyone is interested).  This is a temporary arrangement - a 'proof of concept' for me before spending any real money on making it look good.  The budget might stretch to something cool like one of these http://varidesk.co.nz/.

The desk top at this end is now currently 104cm off the ground, and that is 1-2cm short of my elbow height.  I stood at it all day yesterday with my feet and lower back protesting toward the end of the day but will stick with it.

What I would ideally like is a tall gas lift stool or on wheels, so I can change positions several times during the day - standing or sitting.  There are plenty of bar stools around with a gas lift mechanism, but I can't locate any on wheels.  A 'spin' height adjustment would be fine - it does not need to be gas lift.  The seat needs to be around the 78cm height.  60-80cm seems to be a common height range in the gas lift bar stools.

If I can't locate anything (at a reasonable price - sub $150) I might just get a gas lift bar stool and work out the ideal spot on the floor, marking that spot in some way so I can move the chair out of the way and easily return it to the sweet spot.

Any other thoughts welcome.

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Mike




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  Reply # 1161391 24-Oct-2014 14:14
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So you want a chair so that you can sit at a standing desk...fundamental flaw in your planning somewhere?








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  Reply # 1161422 24-Oct-2014 14:38
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scuwp: So you want a chair so that you can sit at a standing desk...fundamental flaw in your planning somewhere?

Haha no...  the idea is to give the flexibility to stand or sit.  The idea is to enable standing more than 50% of the time.

This is an experiment in motion...  I did Step 1 and the consequence is Step 2 is required as any seating we currently have is not up to the task.  We have a pair of gas lift stools but they don't quite go high enough, and a staff member with spare fixed bar stools are not quite the right height.

If I spent the $600 on the VariDesk, the seat would not be a problem.  If we have no luck with a seat option, that might be my next move.




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  Reply # 1161428 24-Oct-2014 14:42
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You want an architects chair, which go up high.



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  Reply # 1161440 24-Oct-2014 15:13
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mattwnz: You want an architects chair, which go up high.

Thank you.  That has helped a little with searches.




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  Reply # 1161472 24-Oct-2014 15:41
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I ordered a couple of these for the sound booth at work. Good quality and comfy.

https://www.ordermax.co.nz/ProductDisplay.aspx?Product=2358026



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  Reply # 1161476 24-Oct-2014 15:53
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Very nice chair and it would absolutely do the job.  I'm a bit tight to spend that money on a seat, but the Varidesk is twice that price.....

Hmmmm...  might have to ponder whether I want to invest in a decent chair that will service both a short and tall desk or the Varidesk unit that will let me use my existing chairs.  The chair might win as the current temporary raised area is substantial and has my desk phone and filing trays etc, where the Varidesk has just enough room for the LCDs and keyboard/mouse but not much more.




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  Reply # 1161753 24-Oct-2014 21:16
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Pop down to your nearest pathology laboratory and see whether they've got any tall chairs in storage or just neglected in the corner somewhere.

This is not a joke.  Over the past couple of decades, many lab bench heights dropped from high chair/high stool/standing height to normal chair height.  Ergo there tend to be a number of surplus-to-requirements tall chairs.  They'll generally be on castors and have a circular footrest and some height adjustments.

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