Standing Desk

Using an IKEA hack from the mind of Peter Marks, I built myself a standing desk. It all started with the need for more storage and table-space in my office. Shelves don't have enough room on top for a computer, and desks don't have enough to hold my bags, camera gear, cables, magazines, books, more cables, projector, pipes, and tools. I've heard Shawn Blanc, Marco Arment, and Dan Benjamin talk about their affinity of a standing desk and thought it might be time for me to, well, take a stand. Beside my additional storage needs, there are health benefits, too. Ergonomically, a standing desk is supposed to be the bee's knees. New York Times and USA Today have written helpful articles on the standing desk, so I won't go into huge detail, but my hope is that I'll have higher energy throughout the day and an easier time falling asleep at night. Having worked Apple Retail* for almost five years, I think my body will have an smooth adjustment to the extra chair-less hours. An unintended benefit is that my office is now a heck of a lot more child-proof. With a three and one year old, it wasn't rare to reach for a cable or iPod to find it relocated or completely MIA. Now, pens, papers, iPhones, and mice all stay where I left them. Beautiful, right? Of course, my girls might tamper with the lower shelves of the desk, but that's a world of difference than before's scenario. I'll soon add drawers to at least keep the stuff out of sight. When I posted the picture of my desk on Twitter, a couple folks asked about the accessories I have for my Mac. First, it's elevated with Rain Design's mStand. Eye-level screen equals a happy neck. You'll recognize Apple's standard wireless keyboard & mouse. My favorite accessory is TwelveSouth's BassJump--a must for any desk-clad MacBook. It wondrously compliments the already decent speakers of the MacBook Pro, providing a more robust sound for your tunes. The girls' room is above my office, so I don't need super loud sound, just clear and rich. I've evangelized BassJump to many, and they've never regretted the purchase. Unfortunately, BassJump sales have been put on hold for whatever reason. While it has nothing to do with my desk, I should also mention the best upgrade to my office: I painted it purple. Not grape jelly purple, but Timber Wolf purple. Very manly and much better than the landlord's chosen color: cardboard brown. I now walk into my office relaxed, but ready for work. While I wait eagerly for when I won't have a home office in a basement, I don't dread this room anymore. Productivity and chillaxing abound. *That's me in the yellow shirt.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.