It’s now been two and a half years since I started working at a stand up work station. I was at a seminar for local economic stuff and one of the other attendees shared that he had been doing this and liked it. Then I was talking with my Chiropractor, Dave Middleton, and he recommended it to help keep my back from going out. So I started 2 1/2 years ago by boosting up my adjustable drawing board and placing my laptop on it.
A year or so later, Joann Burchuk with Lighthouse Physical Therapy was visiting us and she saw the setup and said I needed to do the next step and get a separate screen boosted up to eye level so I wasn’t looking down at the screen. I dodged it for a few months, but then bought the screen and boosted it up on a few cardboard boxes.
This has helped a lot for my comfort and health. It took a few months of making my self stick with it. Now, 2 1/2 years in it is how I prefer to work and am quite comfortable with it and like it.
This past weekend I was at the Seacoast Home and Garden Show at the Whittemore Center at the University of New Hampshire and wanted to have a stand up work station be part of my booth. I bought a 42 inch high, 30 inch round table from Independent Kitchen Supply in Portsmouth, New Hampshire which worked out well. I wanted to come up with a better arrangement for boosting up the screen 11 inches off of the desk than the cardboard box array and found a glass jar that fit the bill nicely. It allowed me to share things on the screen really easily with people by simply rotating the screen/jar. Another cool thing was that the lip of the jar provides a nice way to organize the wires by winding them around the jar.
Across the aisle from my booth was Dockham Builders who coincidentally did the recent work that I drew up at Lighthouse Physical Therapy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. We opened up visibility from the waiting room to the office area and provided two check out stations with glass partition privacy. This allowed staff to know when people had arrived to the waiting room and eliminate the occasional problem of people in the waiting room who had not checked in and so missing part of their appointment.
I had forgotten Dockham Builders were the ones who did the work and was relaying the story of how Joann had nudged me to get the screen up off of my standing height table and how I had just found a better booster for the screen. Five minutes after Kathy walked away, Joann tapped me on the shoulder to say hi and connected all of the dots of my designing and Dockham Builders building the improvements to Lighthouse PT!