As I tried to figure out what’s right for me, I measured the height from the floor to my elbows and tried to find a comparable height with the existing furniture I had. I read somewhere that the right height should let you bend your elbow at roughly 90 degrees. Makes sense.
I got lucky when stacking my heavy office desk on 4 heavy duty milk crates actually worked well to create a stable surface. (Please be careful if you try something similar.)
I still needed a bit more height. After searching Amazon, I discovered a nice 4″ tall glass stand that was sufficient to support the weight of my hands while typing and using a mouse. ($30)
It became obvious that I needed to I raise my computer higher, so I used a wooden stand I made 30 years ago for my first dot matrix printer and it’s been with me ever since. (Free) Then mounted my second monitor to a movable arm. ($35)
Standing all day on a hard surface can hurt, so I commandeered an old exercise mat to relieve some pressure between me and the hard wood floor. (Free) Maybe one day I’ll invest in a fancy 24″x30″ gel mat ($35+).
It’s a good opportunity to do some neat cable management and reduce any mess that can cause problems. Find a good, safe place for your Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Battery Backup, your Network Attached Storage (NAS), power strip, etc.