Working like a Ninja (the Ninja Standing Desk)

2014-03-14 10.30.44Last week, to help counteract the negative implications of being a writer who also works a 40-hour-a-week day job, I bought a Ninja Standing Desk.

A friend had told me about the desk – completely adjustable for one’s height and the cheapest standing desk on the market – and after some thoughts about whether or not it was worth it, I decided it very much was, and sent in my order.

I set it up over the back of one of the doors in my apartment, although eventually I’d like to make it a permanent place on the wall, and so far, so good.

Here’s the only thing: the main attraction to this setup is that it’s movable and adjustable. There’s really not a lot of point in just tacking it to the wall, since you could accomplish more or less the same thing with a couple of (much cheaper) shelves from Ikea, or some boards from Ikea.

Do I regret the purchase? Not a bit. I’m a little wary of how long the velcro is going to last (the shelves are attached via velcro, and I can see some disastrous shit going down if the velcro ever stopped working), but even if that happens I think I could probably use my nearly-nonexistent sewing skills to make it work.

Being fairly tall, though, I already knew I had issues with the height of my computer monitor (both at home and at work) and at least this is solving the home part. Now, granted, I’m standing up for bouts of about ten minutes at a time and then lying down for an hour, but even having those ten minutes here and there – particularly given that it’s pretty comfortable – is making a difference. Plus, I’m supposed to try and stand up whenever possible to help keep my core from getting too pathetic during my recovery.

As a writer who deals with neck, shoulder, back and arm aches, and with both the monitor and the keyboard at the proper heights, I have the feeling this is going to wind up being a very solid investment.

2 responses to “Working like a Ninja (the Ninja Standing Desk)

  1. This is a pretty neat idea and might solve an issue I have at home. We have 2 computers, but no one wants to set up the laptop, so we just argue over who can use the desktop and when. I stand a lot at work, so on my days off, it can be really hard to sit down. Plus a desk like this wouldn’t take up extra room on the dining room table.

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    • Rachel / @girl_onthego

      Definitely! What I would recommend though is that you go and buy some of those tracking shelves with the brackets, so you can still move the shelves up and down, and that way you can take them down when not using but without the higher price tag. Unless you need the portability.

      I wound up adding a folded-up yoga mat to stand on, the extra cushioning is really good.

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