A Cheap, Easy Solution to Standing Desk Leg Fatigue
We know a lot of people who have created standing desks and love them (and we’ve posted over the years.) They generally feel energized because their bodies are, in effect, exercising just by standing as they work. They have, however, almost universally complained of one problem: leg fatigue. Standing for hours each day puts stress on their legs and makes them hurt, so they have to alternate their standing time with sitting.
Quite accidentally, we came across a simple, inexpensive solution to Standing Desk Leg Fatigue.
Hoping to reduce the strange vibration that randomly shakes the Laboratory (whose source we have yet to find), we researched vibration-reducing rubber to put under bed and sofa legs. After numerous conversations with Marty at Canal Rubber Supply, one of the few remaining true-blue industrial supply companies left on NYC’s Canal Street, we went there and bought several sheets of open-cell sponge rubber in 1/2-inch and 1-inch thicknesses.
Our friend Bruce McKenna helped us cut it into blocks to stack into bed legs (that story is for ANOTHER post). We used trusty Olfa utility knife. As we were talking, we wondered if the foam would cushion his legs during his long days at his standing desk. So he took a couple of pieces home to test.
A few days later, Bruce reported that he’d stood for eleven hours straight on the rubber pads at his standing desk with no leg aches at all. Eureka.
He was going to make a trip to Canal Rubber to buy a 2-foot + sheet of the stuff ample enough for him to stand on.
We find the black rubber so homely, we covered it with an area rug, which looked just fine…
With thanks to the anonymous friend who modeled for our pictures.
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