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Topic # 157576 5-Dec-2014 11:24
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anyone here use a standing desk at home?
Id really like to have some kind of dynamic auto raising effort but I just can't afford it (from the prices of the ones I have found) so I am looking at doing some kind of DIY effort. I am probably going to go for a 'desk on a desk' depending on weight, as I rather retain my monitor arms and then tuck everything else away between the two 'desk' slabs.
just wondered if anyone out there has done anything else to get their own standing desk setup.

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  Reply # 1189216 5-Dec-2014 11:26
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actually I will have to take a new pic as there is a whole manner of devices on the desk now including new KB/mouse/crazy mouse pad combo. But I really do want to keep using the monitor arm.




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  Reply # 1189241 5-Dec-2014 11:38
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As expensive as it could be for a motorised standing desk... it is probably going to be the best investment for your health and working environment. Having said that, I myself can't afford it either, so am keeping my eyes out for it on Trade Me etc... I've used it and definitely the best office gadget!!! I'd go as far as treadmill standing desk!!




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  Reply # 1189278 5-Dec-2014 12:31
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I'm keeping my eye on http://www.standdesk.co/ and the Ikea Bekant standing desk

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  Reply # 1189280 5-Dec-2014 12:35
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We're just trialing a Varidesk model in the office for someone, and can be raised up or down very easily.
It's pretty slick but building your own like that would take some skill.
I think I would do desk on a desk as well, but what if you just had some uprights offset from the lower desk.

So you'd have a shelf with everything permanently mounted at the lower height.

Then you'd have some uprights on the desk to match the legs of the shelf.

When you want to raise it you just lift the shelf onto the uprights. Maybe use some loose fitting dowels or something as a locking mechanism.

Only trouble is the shelf would probably need counterweights to balance out the weight of the monitors+arms

I haven't really thought this through much... haha. I like making things out of MDF though, it's so versatile and easy to work with.



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  Reply # 1189340 5-Dec-2014 13:31
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the varidesk doesnt provide enough real estate for keyboard and mouse and just looks like a big chunk of a unit on the desk. 
With a lot of the motorised options out there it does seem to me that they are suited to laptops or small PCs at the most. 
Some of them even claim to handle up to 150KG but then I wonder where my pc is going to sit or am I going to need to extend cables and what-not.
I think this weekend will be spent measuring and investigating some DIY options, then if I find I spend a lot of time standing up I will stick with it, else I will invest in something more dynamic. All I know is I have had enough of sitting at a desk at work only to come home and do the same.






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  Reply # 1189355 5-Dec-2014 13:55
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I have one at home, It was a good investment.  I looked at DIY and it is so cost prohibitive so in the end just bought one.  Mine was under $1000.00 from officemax.  Have you tried to find just the base legs, and make your own top?  Could probably get base legs and controller shipped from overseas.

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  Reply # 1189359 5-Dec-2014 14:04
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I use one of these at work - http://www.ergotron.com/tabid/65/PRDID/378/Default.aspx

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retty nice set-up, cost about $1000 though




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  Reply # 1189415 5-Dec-2014 15:48

Does the cat need to fit on the desk ?



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  Reply # 1223095 27-Jan-2015 11:35
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After spending much time looking at different options I decided that the amount of time I spend at a desk justifies the cost. So I have ordered this badboy

http://directoffice.co.nz/product/desks-workstations/arise-electric-desk-1600/

it has highest max height I could find (for someone 2 metres tall this was a must) and can support a good weight.
Have also got the cable management tray and CPU holder as addons so that everything will rise as one.

will add another update once it arrives and I have it all set up.




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  Reply # 1223101 27-Jan-2015 11:38
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fizzychicken: After spending much time looking at different options I decided that the amount of time I spend at a desk justifies the cost. So I have ordered this badboy

http://directoffice.co.nz/product/desks-workstations/arise-electric-desk-1600/

it has highest max height I could find (for someone 2 metres tall this was a must) and can support a good weight.
Have also got the cable management tray and CPU holder as addons so that everything will rise as one.

will add another update once it arrives and I have it all set up.


That's a reasonable pricetag. Good find!




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  Reply # 1223107 27-Jan-2015 11:43
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yeah they were a good $200 cheaper than anywhere else doing that desk, and they don't charge for delivery and let you assemble it yourself if you want to save some cash. that's what made me pick them.
with all optional extras, & VAT I am paying just over $1300




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  Reply # 1223924 28-Jan-2015 11:48
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I have one of these ones which I can recommend... http://varidesk.co.nz/product/varidesk-pro-plus-48/

 

 

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  Reply # 1224014 28-Jan-2015 12:52
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Bought ours at IKEA in Norway. Couldn't find them at IKEA Australia. They were about $600.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19022530/#/S79022532

Been very happy with them. Would be nice to get IKEA to NZ soon.




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  Reply # 1224216 28-Jan-2015 16:32
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jarledb: Bought ours at IKEA in Norway. Couldn't find them at IKEA Australia. They were about $600.
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19022530/#/S79022532

Been very happy with them. Would be nice to get IKEA to NZ soon.


I asked when I was in IKEA in Sydney and they said they don't have them yet. The person I talked to said she gets people asking about them everyday and has kept a tally (to prove to her bosses that they're popular).

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