Is This The Cheapest Standing Desk Hack Yet?

Is This The Cheapest Standing Desk Hack Yet?

If there’s one thing IKEA Hackers can be relied upon, it’s standing desk hacks — you can check out previous examples here, here, here, here, here and here. But when it comes to dirt-cheap affordability, this latest DIY creation is the clear-cut winner.

To make this economical standing desk, you’ll need an IKEA LERBERG shelf unit, GORM clip on basket and KASSETT box with lid which will set you back $29.99, $4.99 and $4.99, respectively. That’s a total expenditure of just $40.

Here's IKEA Hackers' reader Adeno on how the standing desk was made:

"Having read the benefits of standing while you work, I went about looking for a standing desk. The standard options were either too big or too expensive (I live in an apartment so there’s not much space to spare). I settled on the LERBERG shelf unit as I found the 2nd from top shelf was just the right height for typing on my laptop and the bottom shelf just right as a foot rest.

"After setting up the unit, I folded down the third shelf at the back to provide space for leg room. Then, I swung the top shelf away at an angle to serve as a book or iPad display. I used shoe laces to secure the top “book display” at the desired angle.

"Not satisfied with the space afforded on the top book display, I swapped it with the larger third shelf and was much happier. As the unit is made of steel, I used a few magnets to nicely hold down paper. Finally I clipped on two GORM baskets at the bottom shelf to give me some storage space (KASSETT box with lid) as well as to add weight to the bottom part of this top-heavy workstation.

"With the total cost not exceeding $50, I am delighted with my standing workstation as it is small, easy to move around and superbly practical."

[Via IKEA Hackers]


  • I’ve been trying to find a good, cheap standing desk for at home. I wanted the $22 one, but the table is to big to fit on my existing desk.

    The problem with this one is that the screen is at the same level as your hands. That means you’re looking down to operate the computer, destroying any potential benefit to your posture. Just an opinion though.

  • I already had these shelves and a spare PC lying around and was looking for standing desks, something I do from time to time. It doesn’t change the ugly factor, but I have set it up so that my monitor (23 inch, it fits perfectly) is on the top shelf, the keyboard (a larger keyboard won’t fit, you’ll need one that’s a little on the smaller side, but can still include a number pad) and mouse is on the second – the keyboard is just sitting on the shelf but a mouse pad is obviously required, my box is on the bottom shelf. It’s set up as standard, the weight of the box holds it in place. Then you have the third shelf spare, you could still fold it down I suppose, but the third shelf makes it a bit sturdier and could be quite handy to have.

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