How to hack an Ikea standing desk

We’re BIG fans of standing desks. They take up less space and have amazing health benefits. Over at Priceonmics Daniel Mrdjenovich has some tips on how to build a inexpensive standing desk with a quick trip to Ikea (there’s one 10 minutes away off Route 80 in West Sacramento):

Standing Desk with Utby Legs

For the whole article, read here.

Image credit: Seth, IKEA Hackers.

If you’re pressed for space and just want a simple desk for yourself, try this hack. This design offers you just enough space for a monitor, laptop, keyboard, and everyday storage. Given the price, it’s a wonderful piece of furniture but pay attention to the final height since this desk won’t be adjustable once built.

Materials: 1 Vika Amon top ($20); 1 Utby underframe ($90); 1 Ekby Jarpen shelf ($15); 1 set of Capita legs ($14)

Total: $139

Relative Difficulty: Easy. Only requires assembly of main desk and platform with a screwdriver.

Wide Standing Desk

Image credit: Martina, IKEA Hackers.

As the name suggests, this hack is the best option for those who prefer a wider workspace. Although this setup isn’t necessarily completely adjustable, it contains two tiers that allows you sit and stand at your leisure. Also, the base legs extend up to 42 inches giving it more range than our first hack.

Materials: 5 Vika Byske Legs ($150); 2 packs of Capita Brackets ($30); 1 Lack Shelf ($20); 1 Vika Amon Table Top ($45)

Total: $245

Relative Difficulty: Medium: Assembly of main desk should be simple. Attached shelf could prove difficult because it requires drilling into desk top. Power drill required.

 There’s more to the article including the health benefits and another great Ikea standing desk example, read the whole thing here.