I went to Staples the other day, and saw these things on sale for $20:
It’s a mobile laptop cart, and as you can see, I’m using it as sort of a drafting table for longhand. The problem with regular desks these days is that they’re not as high as they used to be when people were actually still writing longhand. The new desks are all about two inches lower, because most people use them with computer keyboards.
As a laptop desk, it’s actually not that great, because it wobbles a bit when you type (at least if you have a heavy touch on the keys like I do.) For longhand work, it’s pretty close to perfect. The adjustable height lets me bring the work surface up so I don’t have to sit hunched over, and the platform has adjustable tilt as well. For $20, it makes a dandy longhand drafting table. As a plus, it’s also much easier to move around the house than the 100+-pound desk.
One of these days, I’ll have to track down a used actual drafting table somewhere, and see how that works. With my recent back issues, I figure I should make every kind of ergonomic concession I can afford.