For several years, I’ve been reading about others who have started using standing desks. It has intrigued me and I’ve wanted to put together a standing setup of my own for some time now. Researching various solutions out there, I was discouraged by the fact that most solutions cost $400 or more, particularly ones which could be converted from sitting to standing. I knew there had to be a better way and thanks to Ikea & Ikea Hackers, I found my inspiration!
- Ikea Linnmon Table Top: $20
- Ikea Finnvard Trestle Legs: $35 (x2)
- 3M Adjustable Laptop Stand (LX550): $25
- Spare Samsung SyncMaster 226BW Montior: scavenged
- Stackable Wire Shoe Shelves: scavenged (x2)
- Stool: scavenged
So my total out of pocket cost? $115!
An hour of effort later… and voila, my new standing desk! So far it feels fantastic. Am writing this blog post from it. I went with a narrower 4 foot wide table top, so I could fit it into this particular corner of my guest bedroom, to preserve my window view. Being shorter, the height is perfect (about 38″) and I could raise it up an extra 1 1/4 inches if necessary. You could easily build this higher with some surplus 1×4″ wood, a drill, and saw. In fact, someone out there has even put out the plans for it AND even sell pre-made ones.
I must say I’m quite pleased and am looking forward to spending some quality time in this new workspace of mine!
UPDATE: Check out Part 2 here!