When my employer announced that we were all going to work remotely back in March, I had no semblance of a home office and had to scramble to figure out how to set up a space in my small urban apartment that would be suitable for days dominated by videoconferencing. Thinking it'd be just a few weeks, I thought I could ride it out using my guest bedroom's writing desk, but by the time June rolled around and it was clear we were not returning before 2021, it was time to give up the fantasy and set up a real home office. Priority #1 was to get a real desk.
Real desks are expensive, and if I was going to spend a few hundred dollars on one, I wanted it to be at the right ergonomic height. I type at a height of 28 inches from the ground which turns out to be a non-standard desktop height, so my attention quickly turned to adjustable-height desks. It wasn't long before my attention turned to standing desks which cost a bit more than just a couple hundred dollars, and being stingy, I spent weeks doing my homework and agonizing over exactly which model to order to get the most out of the $900+ investment. For the benefit of anyone else facing a similar situation and wanting to agonize over the details of standing desks, I decided to document my adventure.