I’ve been reading about standing desks for a while now because sitting is killing me, and trying to figure out an inexpensive way to set one up for myself at work. I settled on making a “standing desk adapter” out of an IKEA LACK coffee table which only set me back twenty bucks.

I measured the number of inches above my desk that my wrist rests at when standing with my elbow at a ninety degree angle, and then I cut the legs of the coffee table to the same length (taking into account the height of the table top). I then put some little stick-on furniture pads on each of the legs so that I wouldn’t scratch up the surface of my desk at work.

Then, it was just a matter of trucking my “adapter” in and setting everything up.

Seems pretty good so far, but I definitely need one of those “anti-fatigue” mats for standing in one place for prolonged periods of time. Also my monitors seem just a touch wobbly (likely due to the somewhat flexible plastic stands they are on extending off the back of the adapter a bit).

All in all I think it’s a pretty workable solution, and vastly cheaper than the pre-made standing desks you can get online or any pre-made adapter I’ve found. If I ever feel the need to have my monitors slightly farther away, I might pick up the slightly larger square version of the LACK coffee table to give the standing portion of my desk a little more real estate.

Eventually I may also convert it into a walking desk, but the desk-friendly treadmills are prohibitively expensive at the moment. I’m curious how difficult it would be to pick up a cheap standard treadmill and chop the handles off…