How To Choose (Or Build) The Perfect Desk For You

Building a standing desk is a cheaper option than buying one that’s professionally made. I drew out several sketches on some graph paper to see how I wanted the desktop surface to look. So be sure to review these instructions even if you plan only to build one of the others. With the desktop upside down, cut and install the build-up strips 1 1/4 in. from the outside edges of the top. If the file cabinet you use is a different size, you’ll have to alter the following desk dimensions accordingly. The other important element was that I wanted the treadmill desk to be easily removable so I could run on it when I desired to. I use my treadmill a ton in the winter months in Wisconsin when it is below 0ºF.

While you might not abandon your laptop computer for this more traditional item, it is an excellent place to write holiday cards, thank-you notes and personal correspondence. Measure along a shorter edge of the MDF to the closet depth measurement and mark it with a pencil. Building the foundation of the desk is as simple as cutting some pipe and using an Allen wrench. I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s safe to say that we have a gajillion miles of cable and tons of metal and myriads of VMs that run our local offices, data centers, and application services. You can add another level with CAPITA legs and small LACK shelves ($6.99) to the desk.

In the end, you’re left with a jank-looking-but-effective standing desk that will be the envy of everyone else in the office too cheap frugal to buy a real one. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity. Hundreds and hundreds of people have posted their build pictures on twitter, in the comments, and online. Here’s how to build a jaw-droppingly simple hanging desk in less than 15 minutes and for around $45 (YMMV).

The great thing about chains is that they have links – simply adjust which link each hook is attached to until the desk is level and at the correct height. If you don’t mind a little extra visual clutter, it would also look really nice to use some iron-on wood veneer on the edge of the desktop. If you’re in need of a corner desk that will also let you stand, Ergodepot has you covered. Place the desktop on the two supports and line it up so all the components of the desk are in their desired positions.

In designing the Stir Kinetic Desk we wanted to not only build a desk that you would fall in love with, but one that would deliver health & wellness, and productivity benefits to you for many years. You may notice some spots that still need to be filled, so you’ll want to take the time to repeat steps four and five again until you achieve a perfectly smooth desktop. Our carpenters have found the optimal minimum height for the visitor counter to be 1100mm, and for the desk to be 900mm. With a little bit of planning, you can build something like this for your own home!

Because I have a tiny flat and am overly judgmental, I need a fairly shallow desk. The desk should be securely attached and shouldn’t move at all and be tightly in place. The desk came together just as I had hoped and gave me everything I was wanting as far as workable desktop space and enough room to move around, even if the bed is down. Credenza Desk – A credenza desk is a side cupboard that is meant to be used as a desk in an office. We could have overcome that by simply relying on the user of the desk to have a phone and use it to control the desk. Building the shelf units for corner desk is easy and can be done by any person with basic carpentry techniques.

This modern DIY desk will be your new all-purpose piece—just as happy housing a computer by day as it will be displaying a make-your-own taco bar at night. Our very own Jason Fitzpatrick built his desk using two filing cabinets, four milk crates, and a door. At 12′ long and 3′ deep, this farm table-style desk has plenty of room on top—and down below. Is a great idea if you can’t put holes in your wall or, like this picture, want the desk in front of a window.

Because Stir Kinetic Desk users change position more throughout the day more than most other standing desk users (95% of our users move at least once per day, compared to 30% for the average standing desk) we had to be sure that our desks stand up (see what I did there) to the demands placed on them. Now when I sit down at the desk I can turn some things on all at once with one click (e.g. speakers, lamps, screens and behind screen lighting). Thank you for reading our project about how to build a corner desk and we recommend you to check out the rest of the projects.


The pencil-drawer slides that we used have hanger brackets that mount to the bottom of the desktop. There are a lot of things to consider when building a reception desk for any event, so here are 3 top tips from our in-house carpenters on how to build the perfect reception desk. Once the desk is in place, I adjusted the cross pieces to make sure that they were spaced properly and evenly. I recently showed my employer the wonders of the standing desk and we converted an entire office space to standing desks.

There was something about it’s modern yet simple design that just resonated with me. It’s a hybrid between a modern credenza and an executive desk. If you’re comfortable with the height, go ahead and screw in the bottom of each bracket, and then place the finished table on your desk with the monitor on top. Depending on your desired finish (and quality of your wood) you can sand the desk with 0000 steel wool between coats, or 320 grit sandpaper for the polyurethane. Mount the desk top (the 5′ 2×10) to the wall, using the decking screws and the L brackets.

Other institutions thinking of creating or modifying a desk tracking tool should first determine what questions could be answered by collecting reference desk statistics. After procrastinating for a few months, I finally broke down and tried to put my own standing desk together using their instructions You can follow along in the video above. If you want a stand up desk you can take with you, you should look at the Tabletote. Then, pull the slides apart and attach the other section to the sides of the drawers. Although I started playing around two years ago, the above desk took just 2 months to make with about one night a week.

The one we’ve designed here has plenty of storage space-seven drawers in all-and plenty of surface area too, nearly 16 sq. ft. Its cool, clean lines suggest a seriousness of purpose that’s good for any work environment. Cut strips of shelf-edge molding to fit along the front and side edges of the desk top and to cover the front edge of the end panel.

This one is available in two different heights and is great for buying a standing desk in a small amount of space. If the desk is too high on the other side you may suffer from shoulder and neck pain. So without a planer I had to rely on some trickery to ensure a level table top I can actually work on. This was done by clamping (and gluing) several 2x4s on the underside of the desktop.

Whilst the correct shape is important, the desk must be as lightweight as possible to ensure ease of handling and transportation. Wooden boxes on the back of the desk — each filled with heavy-duty nails and sand — the user only needs to apply a light amount of force to lower the standing desk back to chair-height, and even less to raise it back up. If your desk is big enough (and you have a second computer or monitor), you can just sit down next to your standing desk and do work there when your feet start feeling weary. For the monitor mount I decided to use a different mount system entirely instead of using the XFX triple stand I had used on my last desk.

It’s worth noting here that building your own desk is good for a variety of reasons, but my favourite so far is the height… For years I’ve struggled to find a desk that was the right height. The desk cost me around £100 to make (timber £25, legs £60, glue/screws/wax/cloth £15). From the smallest wall-mounted surface to the largest L-shaped corner desk with maximum storage, a range of ideas are ripe for the picking.

To give that number more perspective, it’s nearly 60% of all service desk issues that were created, with the remainder being handled by the smaller and more specialized teams, or the local support teams we also have in place. Once all of the drawers were installed, I added the drawer fronts and hardware. If possible, try out your prospective desk in person, in a chair that’s similar to one you use. Anyone can do it. Honestly, this furniture build requires only the most basic building tools.

DisplayFusion is a handy, inexpensive utlity that lets you quickly switch your desktop environment—including the notification bar, the taskbar, and more—between two or more monitors. This wall mounted IKEA DVD storage unit makes a great standing desk that can hide your cables from view. When all is said and done I have about $200 put into the build and now have no idea where to go from hear, but maybe it’s done and I’m just being overly ambitious. Nail the desk top to the framework with 6-penny finishing nails, which should be driven through the top and into the edges of the frame members and end panel.

How to Repair Wooden Furniture : You don’t have to start from scratch and make new furniture. Fortunately, I found a much cheaper option thanks to Colin Nederkoorn, who built his own standing desk with roughly $20 worth of IKEA parts. It’s been about 10 years since I did any real welding (restoring my 1962 Vespa) so I’m basically starting from scratch. To give a user Whisperbreath reminders and track their progress towards goals, the desk needs to know when a user is present at their desk – not just when the desk is in a sitting or standing position.