Build Your Own Sturdy, Good-Looking Standing Desk For $30

You know that sitting all day is doing terrible things to you, and you've heard the arguments for and against standing desks. But if you've still been put off by the idea, perhaps this super-cheap standing desk made from all IKEA parts will sway you.

Photo by Colin Nederkoorn.

The actual total for the desk here was $US22, but we added a few bucks for padding. Here's the parts list:

Granted, Colin Nederkoorn, who pulled off this feat of thrifty engineering, had a traditional sitting desk to build this on top of, but most of us do anyway. He does suggest a few upgrades, like a side table for a little added space or some lighting that — while it looks great — costs more than the actual desk, so be careful you don't end up splurging too much.

For more photos and some links to other people who have adopted the same standing desk setup, check out the link below. Do you use a standing desk? How did you build yours, and how did you convince others to let you go through with it? Share your tips and experiences in the comments below.

A Standing Desk for $US22 [Colin Nederkoorn]


    Heh.. built mine ages ago, only cost me around $10.00 never looked back...

    thanks for the post. went to ikea & built mine today!

    Just finished mine
    Some things to note, the legs on that side table are hollow so a longer bolt with a nut on the other side is recommend. also, the price went up for the side table today by $10 :(

    Oh and forgot to mention, I hate ikea. That place is horrible.

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