By Roger Jones
I am a 67 year old who works in the water utilities sector. Originally from South Africa, I now work in Uganda and the UK.
I started reading about standing desks in 2009 and thought I would see if it would help my back pain…
First DIY standing desk: 2009 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The office chair I had was so uncomfortable; I got angry and made my first standing desk with materials to hand. I worked the first day for over 8 hours & felt pretty good.
Here is a photo of that desk:
Second DIY standing desk: 2010 Damascus, Syria
I decided to have a moveable standing desk that could be placed on existing desks. A local carpenter made this one with a metal frame holding the three sides and back panel; this created a convenient storage space underneath/inside. Also note that the large TV monitor was not really a success, too far and too high.
I reckon I used to stand for 80% of the time, probably too much, but I can attest that standing improves concentration and focus as well as reduce back pain.
Third DIY standing desk: 2012 Hereford home office, UK
Experiences with the first standing desk led me to convert my home office desk back in Hereford, UK. The original desk was a modular desktop (liberated from a store at my last South African employer in 1994) placed on two x 2-drawer filing cabinets.
I bought two boxes to stand on the filing cabinets to lift the desktop to a practical height & a couple of wooden battens to get it to right height.
Also note that the desk created more storage space underneath, but a footrest would be nice!
Fourth DIY standing desk: 2014 for two months, RUWASS project office, Kampala, Uganda
I used another project office due to lack of office space at ministry. With a very nice climate and with no spare offices, I used to work mornings on an upstairs verandah. Big hornbill birds would sit on the railings about 3 metres away sometimes during the morning, here’s the morning view & desk which I had.
Current DIY standing desk: 2014, Ministry of Water, Kampala, Uganda
This desk was left behind by a German expat who left a few years ago. He had back problems and had it made to his specifications, although he did not use his computer on it. It is about a cm or two too high for me, but passable. I must take regular breaks from standing for long periods as I get even older, however there is no doubt that I benefit all round. Local managers here are very into image, desk size etc, so they are disconcerted when they see me at work at this desk!
Because of my work I am looking for something portable, adjustable, durable and professional. This is how I came across ZestDesk and I eagerly await their launch so I can take my standing desk to the next level!