My custom DIY standing desk

I built a standing desk this week and thought I might share it with the world. It was greatly inspired by this one which was featured on lifehacker, along with some other ideas.

I had a sitting desk with a hutch, but it didn’t have room for my two new monitors, so I decided to update my workspace. I decided a while ago that I wanted a standing desk at home, because if I use a computer at home, I don’t want to be sitting down anymore than I have to. I sit at work enough as it is, and need to do something to help my back. I came up with about a dozen different designs, and this one seemed like the best one based on my needs, value, and how my things would fit in it. My three monitor setup will be used mostly for video/audio/image editing, recording music, playing panoramic view racing games, and other various tasks.

I wasn’t planning on this, but I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that my keyboard fit perfectly underneath, and that I could play it standing up or sitting down. This freed up a section elsewhere in my room where I now have a tv with an N64, my guitar amp, and my electric acoustic guitar.

Much of the desk is from Ikea, and I’ll go over the different pieces here. I measures about 48 1/2″ high, 6’1″ wide, and 31″ deep.

The base is made out of two Expedit Series 2×2’s, and the top area is the Expedit 1×5 with the two centre dividers removed.

I put in a two drawer insert as well as a door insert and a couple of fabric drona boxes for organization and storage.

The three pieces making the desk are held together with some metal L-shaped brackets and some straight ones on the back (two per shelf). I got these at Home Depot, but they can be purchased at pretty much any hardware store.


I used a signum cable manager to put my power bar under the desk and out of the way, and a fixa kit to arrange the cables behind my desk (highly recommended kit).



The desk was too high for me to put a keyboard tray on top (it’s about 48 1/2″ off the ground), so I decided to get a keyboard tray from Staples, because the only one Ikea had was very low quality. The mouse area isn’t huge, but it’s perfect for me because I use a trackball mouse, which has greatly helped my wrists. I was skeptical of doing this at first because the desk is basically cardboard inside (like this \/\/\/\/\/\/\/) but it’s holding sturdy surprisingly well, even when I tested it out by putting some weight on the tray.


For late nights when I’m tired of standing, I decided to go with a drafting chair from Costco. Some bar stools or high office chairs would work too, but the chair I got seemed to be the best for comfort and height.

If anyone’s wondering, I got the Optimus Prime cutout back in the day when I worked at Wal-Mart. They were going to throw it in the cardboard compactor and I said no way! I got the Mustang Shelby GT 500 picture at a booth during the Toronto Auto Show.

If anyone has questions feel free to ask.




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