It's been less than 10 months since I thought I was being rather clever by buying an IKEA table for my “edit suite,” but sometimes you do get what you pay for — and I paid less than $70 for the Linnmon/Adils Table. Time to bite the bullet and get a real desk — and it might as well be a sit stand desk at that. In Part 1 of this series, I figure out – with your help – the contenders. After all, what's the point of allocating budget to everything but our own ability to use it?
Once upon a time we had darkrooms with chemicals and enlargers. Anybody remember Gra-Lab timers or the Beseler 23C enlarger – or the Schneider Componon lens? Remember how we’d stand for hours, hunched over in the dark, dodging and burning and framing and focusing?
At least we were standing.
Now we sit hunched over at a desk, blood pooling in our legs as we sit for hours editing on the screen.
And guess what? It’s bad for us.
Which I would have missed if not for the fact that my current desk is about to collapse.
It shouldn’t have been a big deal: Apple 27” Thunderbolt display with keyboard and Magic Trackpad; a pile of LaCie and OWC drives; and my mid-2012 MacBook Pro 15” on stand, all resting atop a new IKEA table.
Plus, of course, the omnipresent cuppa Joe on omnipresent Orbit In coaster.
Still, in little more than 10 months my brilliantly cost-effective and cool-vibe solution to holding my edit suite is being buttressed by a Gitzo monopod, ready to crumble at any moment like Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct. Even WITH the support, the center has bowed between ¼” and 3/8.”
Then again, it’s only after reading the specs for other IKEA products that the obvious has become obvious to me: when there’s no weight load specified, that’s about how much weight you should put on it (see, for comparison, IKEA’s new-but-mysteriously-never available Bekant electric sit-stand desk specs).
But while IKEA bookcases laid on their side are still OK, I think I’m done with IKEA for serious home office work.
Which leaves me looking for a new desk. [bctt tweet=”Edit suite weighing you down? Mine, too. Literally.”]
Many of the sit stand desk reviews out there are pretty lightweight. But with this written, here’s a first stab at a list of candidates with help from WorkWhileWalking.com, a site more helpful than most. Among other things, I want to be sure that the desk will be stable at full extended height — and that the surface won't bow!
If you have experience with any of these desks and can recommend any one of them — or another — we’d love to read about them. PLEASE let us know in the comments section!
I Wanna New Desk (with apologies to Huey Lewis and The News)
(cover photo credit: snap from Hugh Brownstone)
And always with the ambition of authenticity, humanity and wit.
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