DIY IKEA Standing Desks For Every Budget

DIY IKEA Standing Desks For Every Budget

Using a standing desk can bring a lot of benefits, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on one if you shop smart. We’ve highlighted many IKEA standing desk projects over the years: here’s a useful roundup, complete with current Australian pricing for the IKEA parts.

IKEA’s Jerker desk functioned as a standing desk option pretty much out of the box, but unfortunately the Swedish giant no longer manufactures it. But there are plenty of other ways to tweak IKEA gear and get a standing desk.

The bar table option

$120 Utby table framegood potential as a standing desk$179Original post

The budget double-decker

this design does that by combining a bunch of IKEA componentsVika Amon table tops at $19 eachVika Curry legs at $5 eachEkby Stodis brackets at $2.50 eachOriginal post

The bookshelf option

really clever part of this design$119 Expedit bookshelf$39 Vika Amon table topOriginal post

The bookshelf option with storage

Expedit approach$119 Expedit bookcase$180 desk attachment$39.99 Lack shelvesOriginal post

The filing cabinet option

pairing them up resting your keyboard on the top shelf$199 Erik filing cabinetOriginal post

While you’re at IKEA picking up your desk parts of choice, don’t forget about our top 10 IKEA buys under $10.


  • What im tempted to do is get a VESA arm mount for the monitor, and build a simple platform for keyboard and mouse. So that i can have both a sit and stand desk, when im sitting i can use the keyboard platform or store it out of the way, because sometimes i dont want to work standing up for 12 hours.

    Now if i could switch to sit/stand on a whim id do standing more often.

    Theoretically it should be easy enough to do as well. Just need the money for a good VESA arm and figure out the best approach for the platform (which i think i could do even with my bad track experience of woodwork).

  • I currently use an Expedit (2×4) on its side as a (2x 27″) monitor stand + console stand + games storage, with a Micke desk in front to provide keyboard and mouse space. Works pretty well, and having the Micke not ‘physically’ attached means I can actually reposition it depending on what I’m doing. (That is, I can sit in front of the left monitor, the right monitor, in between both, or remove it completely for a standing option.)

    Next step is to get my speakers mounted on arms so I can quickly move them around as well.

  • I think this IKEA option is a great one for anyone who wants to TRY out a standing desk for a while and see how they like it. I think, though, once you’ve tried the standing desk for a while, you’ll realize that sometimes you DO need to take short sitting breaks. And then what do you do once you’ve converted your only desk into a standing option?
    That’s what happened to me anyway– I converted my desk into something standing and then when I did want to take sitting breaks, I had to move all of my stuff to a different sitting desk and pause what I was working on. Not so convenient.
    Now I use an adjustable height desk, though. I just push a button and if I want to sit, I sit. If I want to stand, I stand. It’s easy.
    I do stand almost all of the day now, but as you’ve probably noticed, there are times when you just need to rest your feet!
    You can see mine here: I love this model– couldn’t recommend it more! (I use the Terra.)
    Thanks for the post guys!

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