A new year, a new work space, a new walking desk

Happy New Year my friends! As great as the holidays were, I am always more than ready to embrace the new year and get a fresh start. So much promise of all the wonderful business goals I will accomplish, the weight I will lose and the “perfect” house I will have. Riiight…as we all know, it’s not quite that simple.

One thing I do have heading into the new year is a new office and work space. It is almost done and I can’t wait to reveal the whole space once the window treatments are installed and the art is hung. What I want to share with you today though is one small wall which has my new custom walking desk.

I have had a walking desk for over a year now. My husband was a very early adapter to the walking desk (3+ years ago) and routinely logs about 60-75 miles a week power walking while he works. I reluctantly agreed to try one but didn’t want to invest in a specialized desk (just in case I didn’t like it). Well I am happy to report that it’s all worked out just great. It did take awhile to get used to walking and typing simultaneously, and I often stand at it more than I walk, but it is better than sitting all day, that I know for sure.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

It looks a little bare at the moment because the art work isn’t hung but I love my new desk. It was made by North Carolina wood worker  John Northrop. I found John through the online company Custom Made. If you don’t know the site I highly recommend it. You simply submit a project you would like to have done and vetted artisans will contact you and bid on the job. I actually contacted John directly as he was one of Custom Made’s featured artists of the day. He had made a console table that I liked and thought could be adapted to a tall desk.

John was amazing to work with and every time I had a question he responded almost immediately. I gave John the height requirements and length I wanted and he came up with the design.

The desk is made from 1 3/4″ reclaimed knotty alder wood with a shelf below that I store my computer and printer on.

Linda Holt Photo

Linda Holt Photo

I feel so organized now and everything is right within arms reach.  I am too embarrassed to show you what I was using as a desk before. I will give you the image though of  a plywood top crudely supported with more plywood. It was a temporary “desk” for me to try out for a week or two to make sure I liked working on a treadmill. Well as things go, a few weeks turned into a year and the thing was so bowed in the middle that my monitor sat in a little well. It was embarrassing even for me to look at it.

Now I couldn’t be happier. I would love to hear your opinion on a walking desk, do you think you would ever try one out?



8 Responses to A new year, a new work space, a new walking desk
  1. Carol Standil Reply

    Great idea, Linda — and such a lovely desk! I can’t wait to see the rest of your office.

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Carol, I hope the window treatments will be done in a few weeks so that I can reveal the whole space.

  2. nirma Reply

    Hi Linda,
    Wow, what a simple, beautiful and functional desk. The woodworker did a terrific job. It looks very professionally done.
    I don’t have the space for a walking desk but wish I did. Looks like a great way to get work done and expend calories at the same time. Win-win.
    Keep the good ideas coming Linda and can’t wait to see the full office reveal!
    P.S. Thanks for the color suggestion a month ago. We were so crazed during the remodel and then the holidays came that I never thanked you for your reply. It was perfect!
    Happy New Year!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Thanks Nirma and so glad the color worked out!

  3. Sarah Hepburn-Smith Reply

    Looks fabulous Linda! I have been sitting on an exercise ball for a while now but might look at graduating to a walking desk. I have heard nothing but fabulous things about them! Look forward to seeing the rest of your office!!

    • Linda Holt Reply

      Sarah, I tried an exercise ball too but found it too low. The walking desk is good because either standing or walking is better overall than sitting.

  4. Kathy Reply


    You have inspired me! I’ve been meaning to turn my treadmill into a desk for a while now. No time like the present. Can’t wait to see the reveal!


  5. Barbara Leete Reply

    I’ve been trying to talk my daughter into a walking desk. With a full time job and 3 young children she does not get the exercise she needs. But, do to work requirements she is constantly “glued” to her computer.
    This would be ideal!

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