Step by Step Overview of a DIY Standing Desk

This article will help you get from sitting to standing in no time, without breaking the bank! We know that standing desks can be very expensive, so we’ve got you covered with an easy seven-step DIY sit to stand desk. This DIY is great if you have a small table, and want to customize to your own needs. Most of the stand-up converters are big and might not even fit on your personal desk.

There are plenty of ways to set up a do-it-yourself desk converter, but we’ll be going a simple and elegant way of creating your own. The time it will take to make your own desk converter will be around 45 minutes to an hour. For some, it could be time-consuming, but you’re essentially saving hundreds of dollars for something you might not even need.

Why a DIY standing desk?

We briefly mentioned in the introduction, it can save you a lot of money and especially if you don’t need anything too bulky or big that’ll overtake your entire desk, especially if you only work on a laptop.

If you don’t want to create your own desk, another option is to look into these bed trays for standing. These laptop desk trays can be used on the bed, but also can be used on your desk for your laptop.

We can help!

You probably heard all the great things about having a standing desk – reduced back pain, better posture, higher productivity, and increased mood. The list can go on with the many more health benefits. If you’re unsure where to start, perhaps building your own standing desk converter could be the right answer!

If you start to notice that you’re slouching and you don’t want to spend too much money on a standing desk, this post will go through the steps in helping you build a standing desk, and I believe this is a great stepping stone to getting you into standing up while working. But we do encourage you to check out anti fatigue mats to go with this.

What materials are used?

1x Piece of wood – You should be able to pick up a piece of wood at any local hardware store, or a perhaps a Home Depot.

Wood stain or paint (optional) – Any paint store

4x angled T-plates – You can get these on Amazon, Waddell Angle Top Hardware Plates

4x tapered legs – Same with the T-plates, these can be purchased on Amazon. There are various sizes that you can choose from. We suggest you buy multiple sizes just in case you want it at different heights.

Pen or pencil – Pretty explanatory, used to make markings.

Drill – Same here, pretty explanatory.

What are the instructions for building an adjustable standing desk?

Step 1: Measure the size of the desk you want.

You’ll need to decide what size you’ll want your desk to be. It will vary depending on the computer size you have. In this post, the wood is 24″ x 16″, which is perfect for a laptop.

wood piece standing desk diy step 1

Step 2: Paint or stain the wooden desk

Now you can get a little creative and paint or stain your wood. To keep things simple, white is going to be used. It also gives a clean look.

white standing desk diy

Step 3: Paint or stain the legs.

Here, you’ll see the legs being stained. The legs are 11.5″ in height. Make sure you know how tall you want your desk to be.

Step 4: Measuring and marking your T-plates.

You’ll want to place the T-plates 2 inches from the edge and also mark where the screws will go with a pen or pencil.

Step 5: Drill down the T-plates.

Drill the T-plates down with the screws.

Step 6: Install the legs.

Finally screw the legs into the T-plates.

Step 7: Gloat over your finished DIY standing desks.

Use your DIY standing desk!

Viola! You got your new and affordable DIY standing desk. It can also can be taken down easily as well (just unscrew the legs off). But if you don’t you want to go this route, we do have a list of adjustable height standing desk converters that you can take a look at.

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