If you get tired of sitting around at a boring old desk all day, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s now a more active alternative out there. The Hamster Wheel Standing Desk is pretty much what it sounds like – a desk that allows users to stand and walk on a human-sized hamster wheel.
Users can set their own pace on the wheel while completing a day’s work. The best part is that its creators have made the instructions available to the public. So if you’d like a Hamster Wheel Desk of your own, you can make it yourself.
Created by San Francisco-based artist Robb Godshaw and developer Will Doenlen, the desk is meant to increase productivity for those who like to be a little active throughout the workday. Detailed instructions are included on DIY sharing site Instructables. The Instructables page for this project states:
“You are not reaching your current productivity potential. Numerous esteemed experts agree that standing is better than sitting and that walking is better than standing. Despite this, your workplace only provides inhumane chairs and stagnant standing desks for you to use while you struggle to get through a workday full of distractions and bodily pains.”
People are constantly trying new methods to increase productivity. Being active has been shown to boost brainpower. So getting that exercise while working would likely decrease the need for several breaks throughout the day.
There are already some similar options like the more conventional treadmill desk. But the difference with the Hamster Wheel Desk is the ability to set your own pace, and of course, to build it yourself.
To complete the project, you need some plywood, skate wheels, pipes, wood screws, and glue. The instructions also mention that builders should have a good attitude, as the project could take a day or more and is likely a bit more involved than building a standard desk.