Let’s face it, your workspace (cubicle) probably feels more like a prison cell some days. That’s why we identify and laugh along with Office Space and Dilbert. You spend far too much time in these spaces to not make them both functional and fun.
To make my workspace a little better I put together a standing desk yesterday. Some health professionals say sitting for long periods of time, staring at that screen in front of you, can be pretty detrimental to your health. I tend to agree.
Yesterday, I put together a standing desk with parts from IKEA. Similar desks cost $600 and up, but you can put together one for half that.
How to Build a Standing Desk:
- A tabletop surface that legs can be mounted to. The VIKA BYSKE from IKEA works well or you can find a kitchen island type counter top at a big box hardware store.
- Buy 4 VIKA BYSKE adjustable leg that expands up to 42 1/8″ — a good height for someone around 6′ tall. The legs are chrome but you can spray paint them any color.
Note: IKEA recommends using these legs only with a wall mounted table, but they are sturdy enough to stand on their own. Use a wall mount or one of the included brackets to prevent a tipping hazard.
- Flip the tabletop with the downside (side no one will see) facing up.
- Measure 1 to 2 inches from the corners for placing the legs.
- Pre-drill holes for the 5 screws, then screw then leg to the tabletop.