Old School vs. New School
Four legs, close to the ground and a chair? Nope. Not all the desks at Richmond Middle School are your typical furniture at which you plunk down for great lengths of time. Instead, you have a choice. A short desk (old school) or a tall desk (new school). A tall desk, as Richie Starr woodworking shop teacher calls it, is what I call a standing height desk. Mr. Starr guides students in planning and constructing community service class woodworking projects, tall desks can be requested by staff for their classrooms. Check out RMS creative woodworking classroom and the awesome tall desks they construct.
Why The Makeover?
A "Desk Makeover" seems to be taking hold for the health of it. Like all things in life, having choices makes for a much more pleasant experience. To sit or stand? In addition to choice, there is the healthy benefit of adjusting your position during a 40 minute period. Now I'm not suggesting you stand all day, moderation is key. Moving is key.
Looking for a few fun reads on standing at work? How about: Is Sitting A Lethal Activity? and Five Benefits Of Standing Desks.
Creative Health At Work
Think you might try your own desk makeover? Here are two creative RMS tall desk "Make Overs" to inspire you. Robin Morley-Ploof (Administrative Assistant) and Judy Sterndale (Educational Assistant) made these desks themselves, ok so their husbands helped them a little bit. Look closely, one has a top that use to be a bowling alley floor (purchased at Vermont Salvage) and one table is store bought and modified to be tall.
Have you seen a "Desk Makeover" at your place of work? I'd love to hear about it! Send me a message @rmsnurse #mydeskmo