Some time ago, I was inspired by friend of the blog John Ford to try out tread desking. I’d long enjoyed switching between sitting and standing as the mood took me, so I figured it’d be interesting to throw walking into the mix.
As it turned out, I was an immediate fan! Strolling at a leisurely 2km/h, I could comfortably walk for much of the day, without affecting my ability to work. There was a flaw with my setup, though – in order to fit in with my existing desk, I had to shuffle around my treadmill and my chair every time I changed positions, which quickly became a chore, as you could imagine.
Enter: The GeekDesk. I’d been considering an adjustable desk as a solution to the problem, and after seeing some positive reviews I took the plunge. Due to the excessive shipping cost, they don’t ship the desk top outside of the US, so I had one made by a local woodworker.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t come cheaply. At $250 for the treadmill (modified to remove the bar), $1000 for the GeekDesk (inc. shipping to Australia) and $400 for the desk top, it’s certainly possible to do things cheaper, especially if you already have a full-sized treadmill that you can create a cheap desk to sit on top of. That said, I think of the price as a worthy investment, given how much time I spend in front of the computer – you don’t buy a cheap bed, why would you have a cheap workspace?
It’s the workspace I’ve been after for a long time, so I’m happy!