There are plenty of articles discussing the health implications of sitting down for long periods of time. I’ve been experiencing some minor lower back pain as of late, so I decided to explore the possibility of using a standing desk while I work. In order to save money, I avoided the more sophisticated desk options and opted to put one together myself.
As with most DIY projects, I started by heading over to
Bing Google and seeing what ideas were already out there. A few clicks in, I came across Colin Nederkoorn’s solution. To build his standing desk, Colin elected to build a monitor and keyboard platform and stack it on his existing desk. Since this approach was extremely cheap and easy, I figured I’d give it a shot.
As Colin’s blog points out, the only supplies necessary are some screws and a few cheap IKEA pieces.
- Drill / screwdriver
- 1” wood screws (x4)
- 1 3/4” wood screws (x4)
- Assemble the side table
- Using the 1” screws, attach the shelf brackets to the front legs of the table
- Using the 1 3/4” screws, attach the shelf to the top of the brackets
- Place the table on your desk and move all your stuff
- Stand up!
Here are a few shots of my new setup:
The jury is still out on whether or not standing up will ease my back pain, but if you’re in the market for an inexpensive standing desk, I would definitely recommend this solution.
Note: 20-minute setup time does not include the hours spent wandering through IKEA trying to find the three small items needed for this project