A swedish excursion all for a bar stool.
A while back I mentioned that I set up a standing desk at home. So far, the trial has been going fairly well. At least, I don’t dislike the standing desk.
I decided to try the standing desk concept to see how that would affect the tightness in my back and shoulder muscles. Now before you say anything, I’m aware that there is little chance of all my muscle problems being resolved just because I use a standing desk for a tiny portion of my "at desk" time.
Despite that, I’m told that switching to a standing desk for at least part of your "at desk" time results in more movement and less stationary do-nothing-ness. I’ve also found that I tend to move around more when I’m at my standing desk. I also do more stretches too, so that is positive.
One negative that I’ve found though, is that my feet are not used to being stood on. Now, I know what you’re thinking, "W.T.F is this guy talking about. They’re feet. If not for standing on then what?". Well, believe it. I found that after a full weekend of working on my website and learning to program in a new language resulted in feet that felt, for lack of a better descriptor, bruised.
To try and keep my feet guessing I’ll sometimes switch between bare feet, two different pairs of shoes with orthotics, and my crocs. It helps to stave off foot fatigue. Regardless, if your feet are not used to being stood on for large portions of the day, they will take time to toughen up. At work, we have access to these inch thick super-duper-memory-foam standing pads that would be a good investment for a standing desk. I should see where I could get one from…
On top of foot fatigue I found that sometimes you just need to sit for a few minutes to really mix things up. Unfortunately when you have a standing desk, most normal chairs are not a good match. Short of dismantling the desk or switching to a laptop to sit down, the standing desk that I’ve set up does limit your options there.
That’s where yesterdays trip to ikea comes in. I wanted to try and find a cheap bar stool that I could use at the standing desk but wouldn’t break the bank in case I decide not to continue using the standing desk. As usual ikea’s great prices and minimalistic designs have come to the rescue.
At the warehouse, they were out of the one adjustable stool that I had scoped out online. So instead I had to try and find my way through the maze that is the showroom (they should sell navigational charts for that place) to try and see if they had any viable alternatives. Obviously the cheaper the better so this Franklin chair turned out to be the winner. It’s pretty comfortable too, despite the attributes it was chosen for.