The standing desk

Standing desks are all the rage. I recently acquired a 30″ Apple Cinema Display and a couple of Yamaha near field monitors from the auction, so I figured now is my opportunity to overhaul my workspace and try a standing desk. Here’s how I approached the project.

Here’s my original sit-down workspace that was the starting point.

I began by building a frame from 2×4 studs.

Next, I put it on legs.

The top was built from two 4′ x 8′ sheets, one of plywood and the other of a thin, pressed, composite wood that would serve as a finished surface.

I wanted a shelf about 18″ high for the battery backup, computer, printer and additional storage.

Once the structure’s base was complete, I put the monitors in place to measure for the rear supports.

With the two side computer monitors mounted, and while I waited on the special adapter to mount the Apple display, I built shelves to support the quite-heavy near field Yamaha monitors on the right and left, and added a top shelf on the right to support my HP tablet dock.

Standing desk

The final touch was adding the top shelf on the left.

Here’s the view from the right.

Here’s the final project.

Standing desk

Someday I’d like to build some additional shelving on the left, but I get the feeling this project is something that’ll never be considered complete. I’ve been standing for the last week or two, and have found an improvement in posture and it sure feels good.

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Aaron Traffas, CAI, ATS, CES | |

Aaron Traffas, CAI, AMM, CES, is an auctioneer from Sharon, Kansas. For the last 22 years he's worked for Purple Wave. Aaron served as president of the Kansas Auctioneers Association in 2017 and on the National Auctioneers Association Education Institute Board of Trustees from 2009 through 2013. He is a past instructor at CAI and co-wrote the original ATS and AMM designation courses from NAA. An active contract bid caller, he has advanced to the finals in multiple state auctioneer contests. During the summer, Aaron operates a farm in south central Kansas. Aaron is an active singer and songwriter and the Aaron Traffas Band's latest music can be found at as well as Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.