Get off your butt and start standing

If you’re working in an office, you might unknowingly be setting yourself up for health problems. According to a recent story by NPR, those who spend too much time sitting throughout the week face a much greater risk of heart related illnesses than do individuals who are more active. The NPR story quoted a researcher from South Carolina University who discovered that men that sat more than 23 hours per week were 64 percent more prone to die from heart related illnesses than were those who sat less than 11 hours in the average week.

The Good News

The message is obvious: Get off your butt. Fortunately, you are able to reduce your sitting time by building a standing desk. A standing desk — which is exactly what it actually sounds like, a desk at which you stand as opposed to sit — is far from pricey. You can assemble it with cheap parts from Ikea. Here’s the recipe, thanks to the Lifehacker blog.

The Easy Way

If you just require a simple desk, Lifehacker suggests creating a standing desk that utilizes Ikea’s Utby legs. Though this desk will be smaller, you’ll be able to fit your laptop, monitor and keyboard easily enough on it. You should have space, too, to have a lamp and storage. To construct this desk, buy a Vika Amon Top, Utby under frame, Ekby Jarpen shelf and one set of Capita legs. You will find all of these parts at Ikea for the total of about $140. Best of all? Based on the Lifehacker story, you can assemble this desk together with only a screwdriver.

A Bit More Complicated

You don’t need to accept a homemade standing desk with a narrow top. You can easily update to one having a wider top. And you can do it while still confining your desk-part shopping to your nearest Ikea. First, as Lifehacker advises, find two packages of Capita brackets, one Lack shelf, one Vika Amon tabletop and five Vika Byske legs at your Ikea. Then grab your power drill and get busy. Lifehacker ranks this desk as a “medium” one to build, as a result it ought not to be overly difficult to construct.