New, inexpensive standing desk
I’ve been thinking about it for years, and finally made myself a standing desk based on a friend’s stand-up desk setup. I took the same general design, which is just a set of wire shelves and a nice board, and the project was done – from shopping to complete desk – in less than 2 hours.
- 72 inch standing shelves, preferably with a good 18″ depth. ~$70
- a nice furniture grade board – these are good wood, already sanded – wider than the shelves. I got a board 2′ by 6′. ~$30
- An electric drill. $30-200
- A 1 1/4 inch bore drill bit. ~$5
- Filing boxes or some other storage/drawer solution (optional)
- A tall chair, if you want. I haven’t bought one yet.
- Assemble the first four shelves. The fourth shelf is your desk area, so make sure that it rests at just under elbow height, for comfortable typing. I spaced the lower shelves vertically with filing boxes.
- Mark your board: Lay the fifth shelf on top of your board 1-2″ from the edges and mark where to drill the holes.
- Drill the holes as marked.
- Optional: Paint or stain the board, if you like. I’ve left mine natural for now, but I may take it off and do something with it sometime.
- Fit the board: Feed the shelf poles through these holes and slide the board down over the shelf supports, until it rests on the wire shelf.
- Put on the top shelf. Make sure it’s high enough to accommodate the tallest thing on your desk, most likely the monitor. I put the top shelf 3 inches below the top, which gives me a little bit of the shelf pole to use as a hat rack or a hook for my headphones.
That’s it! If you already own a drill (or can borrow one), this is a $105 project. That’s a lot of storage and desk space (and standiness!) for less than the cheapest desk at Office Depot.
I doubled my space, as you can see, with a second set of shelves.