Fitting an even-sized body in an odd sized office desk
January 21, 2014 11:35 AM Subscribe
Asking for a frugal friend. How does one size and proportion a desk somewhat inexpensively for a very tall person for home and / or work office?
posted by tilde to Science & Nature (18 answers total)
In the beginning, there was a desk in a home. It cost many man hours to make and finish, and then wasn't very useful to the odd sized person for [reasons]. It was moved into a new home and given to an even-sized person who was a foot taller than the odd sized person, and things were okay. Not good, but okay. It was a desk, it mostly worked.
Five years ago, five years into life with the new desk at home, the even sized person moved to a new job. This person (over six feet tall) has a decent chair at their new place of business, but has a very small desk, proportioned for someone probably more about 5'5''.
Starting about two years ago, tall person is in pain: occasionally the back (thrown out for a weekend or two, not sure if related) but more often the feet (planar fascitis for which tall person has received various remedies and suggestions from people with a qualified Dr. in the front of their name).
Tall person has bought special expensive shoes. Wears slippers around the house now (with planar fascitis inserts from the drug store). But after a few days or weeks at "the office" is crippled up with pain.
My suggestion has been: Pick a new desk. Try it at home, see if it helps, find some other home for the sentimental desk. Pick a new desk. Make the office buy it. Stop the cycle of pain. Tall person doesn't know what kind of desk they would like and has waffled for several years on pulling the trigger at home or at work "in case it doesn't help".
There are other suggestions being made by me, mostly, go to a different doctor, take the prescriptive physical therapy offered, but that's beyond the scope of this question.
Are there guidelines for sizing office desks to a tall person who is using what looks like a 3/4 sized desk? Beyond guidelines, is there one that can be purchased at a national retailer that can hold a phone, drawers, computer tower, printer, a couple of LCD screens, and have room to do paperwork? What has, as a tallish person, worked for you?
Tall person, like most desk people, doesn't get enough exercise, and walking HURTS. Tall person has not gained any significant weight in that time, changed cars, beds, houses, or any other routines.