It is finally time to share my IKEA Hack Standing Desk! We talk a lot in our coaching program about creating a sanctuary. Having read so many reports on how staying seated all day simply is not good for you (Washington Post: The health hazards of sitting and LifeHacker: How Sitting All Day Is Damaging Your Body and How You Can Counteract It are just two examples), I decided that I wanted a standing desk. This is also a perfect fit for our 1300 sq foot bungalow built in 1920 – there simply aren’t a lot places in our house to put a full desk with a chair.
One Sunday, Mike & I headed off to the land of possibilities, err, I mean IKEA. Fortunately for me, he is a wonderful man who humors me when I’ve got a decorating whim, and we hunted for the perfect parts for my desk. After a few rounds of the store, this was what we came up with.
For the Desk:
- Linnmon Table Top (39 3/8″ x 23 5/8″)
- Gerton Legs (Not shown in photo, ours are no longer available) – 4 adjustable height legs. Important: Measure the height that YOU need. I’m only 5’5″ – you might need longer legs for yours.
- Expedit Shelf Unit – This ended up being a critical part of the foundation of mine.
- Expedit 2-Drawer insert
- Branas Basket
- Texas A&M Yearbooks (*Not available at Ikea)
For the Shelf:
We always use the Fixa Drill to put our IKEA purchases together. We own a full-size drill, but Mike swears by the Fixa making putting furniture together fast & easy.
I measured out the perfect height for a keyboard for me using boxes on the kitchen counter, and subtracted the thickness of the table top from that height to get the required leg height. I also measured from there the height that I prefer to have my monitor at. I know it is high for some people, but it is perfect for me – fortunately, the legs come in shorter heights as well.
The first few weeks I used the desk, I discovered it still wasn’t quite right, and I was flexing my wrists at an awkward angle. One day, I cleared the desk off, pulled out my old college yearbooks and two other thick books, and put them under the desk. It raised it up another inch or so, and it is perfectly flat and stable so it works for me. If it had not worked, I would have gone back, purchased two more sets of countertop legs in the right height, and made the top of the desk stand on the Expedit shelf below. As it is, it is super stable and doesn’t move at all.
I don’t normally need it, but I brought home one of the Franklin Bar Stools that I had up at my studio for when I want to sit down. It comes in handy if I need to watch a long video, and I am going to try to do my client calls there this week as well to see how it works for height and light.
I still write my blog posts on my laptop, mostly out of habit. My laptop keyboard is my “writing” place. For work? My desk is perfect now. I love it!
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