If you have one, where did you get it? Or did you make it? What materials did you use?
I did a blog post about mine a year ago. It's just a bookcase, but it's the perfect height for computer use.
I don't stand for the whole day (or even most of the day when I'm relaxing) so I also have a 36" stool to sit on. I actually like it better than softer chairs, I think it encourages better posture. It's kinda hard to slump on a stool. I could be wrong on that though.
The monitors are ideally raised up a little bit when standing and pushed down when sitting so the top of the screens are at eye-height, which is ergonomically optimal or something.
The elevated shelf on the bottom is a foot rest and the books are to weight the thing (it's a cheap bookshelf).
I have several sit-stand workstations that I have built and performed ergonomic studies with (they are hydraulically actuated at a push of a button). But they were tough to build! Notet that there is a huge selection of marketed (read: very expensive) options that operate that way, but many "work from home" folks just take a normal lightweight desk and put it on wooden blocks. In cube-farms, most cubicles have a height variation in how high off the ground your desk can be installed in the cube, and the facilities folks can often just set you up - a good target height being just 3 inches or so less than your standing elbow height.
If you aren't looking for adjustability - just a permanent standing worksurface - a cheap method is this:
(1) Measure you standing elbow height (stand up and make a 90 degree bend at the elbow, and have a friend measure from the floor to just the bottom part of your elbow)
(2) Subtract a few inches from your standing elbow height (3 inches is good), and write that down.
(3) Buy four 4x4 posts (not pressure treated). Cut the 4x4's to the number you wrote down.
(4) Get a nice veneered piece of plywood with a furniture grade veneer, and cut it to 36" x 48" (3 feet deep by 4 feet wide). Round off the edges all around starting with coarse sand paper and continuing with progressively finer grades (e.g. start with 60 grit and end with 400 or even 600)
(5) This step is basically just screwing the top to the posts: with help, position the 4 posts vertically, and set the plywood on top, and one at a time screw them together from above. As you do each one, make sure the top stays level - you may need to sand down or cut a slight bit from one or more posts to get them perfect.
(6) Take a few 1x6 pieces of plank, and add a horizontal brace across the back and each side.
(7) Stain with a water based stain and finish off with polyurethane.
Of course - some basic wood working skills are a pre-req here
The end result is stable and ergonomically correct just for you!
The "attractiveness" though is subjective;) But if you pick a stain that matches your other furniture it can look pretty nice.
Sitting is not necessarily bad--just sitting the way we do in our modern culture is particularly bad. I already recommended it somewhere here, but look up the Authors@Google talk by Esther Gokhale. She looks at the posture of cultures around the world who experience almost zero back pain. She makes some good recommendations on how to sit.
I do have a standing desk though. I just put my computer monitor onto the top shelf of my desk, which is at my eye level. I placed the keyboard on a box on top of the desk surface. Generally I try to do a lot of my listening/learning while walking outside now, with my iPod Touch. There's a lot of evidence that some people, especially boys, learn better while moving. Many of the great minds in history would discuss their ideas while walking. It makes sense evolutionarily because much of our learning was about our environment.
I waited until my boss was out of town, wrapped up a big box in brown mailing paper and voila! (although the boost from the keyboard container helps) I keep a kneeling chair under the desk for non-computer big projects, etc. Hurt my leg bones like hell for a few weeks, now I am just fine. I fidget, dance, stretch, and move all day long! Heels are out though -Ouch! I get pity all day long, like I am mis-treated. I hope it results in a raise!
I currently have a huge Ikea desk that my husband raised with slabs of wood between the desktop and the leg supports - but before that, I bought a "bistro" height bar table from Ikea (here's the model I used: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19834379) that was perfect. I'm 5'4" and my arm height is level; it's a little short for my 6'4" husband, though.
It was the cheapest ready-made option I could find, but you could get lucky and score on Craigslist.
Hi Melissa, I just got a post up about my standing desk. -->
It's not pretty, but it was free! I scrounged about the office to make it happen. I even put the neglected office library to good use.
I had the worst back pain for 15 years (been programming since the late 80s, lots of desk jobs...) until I saw an article about standing desks. I looked a few up and ended up buying one called the Kangaroo (it's adjustable and just sits on top of your current desk) and I loved it! I ended up buying a better one for work, and a more portable one for my wife. It relieved my back pain so much I decided to make a site, www.beststandingdesks.com, about my experiences so other people could learn.
If you have any questions about my experiences with a standing desk, just email me.
Are Gazelle's Paleo??
I have had one of those Tony Little contraptions for years and it never was any good for exercise. But I took the computer off the mount, got a bolt & nut from hardware store and a small bamboo cutting board. Mounted it up there. Perfect for my little HP mini. I'll try and post a pic if I can find my mini SD memory card. I rock with arms as I read, rock with legs when I type.
I personally own this exact one.
Yes, it is expensive at $237. But, it is so worth it. I am 5'9" and it works absolutely perfect for me. It was a blessing to set it up one time and have it work out exactly as I had had hoped for! It is adjustable.