More IKEA Hacking Fun

IMG_0286Doug and Paul are roommates living in San Diego that have come up with a hack for a store-available IKEA adjustable desk. On they detail how to go about purchasing the required materials from your local IKEA store, which you can combine along with their “hack” (basically an extended version of what IKEA already gives you), which you can purchase off of their site for $79 + shipping. This allows for more vertical lift between the two risers and the work surface, allowing a range between 39.25 inches (99.70cm) to 48 inches (121.92cm) from the floor.

It seems a bit expensive for four wooden pieces, but unless you have access to a wood-working shop and some experience in the field you won’t find a better deal. At a cost of $180 or so all-in, it’s still one of the least costly standing desk solutions that doesn’t involve taping together USPS boxes or using an old door as a work surface.

Know of any other cool standing desk hacks using a combination of store-bought supplies with a bit of ingenuity? Let me know.

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Table-Top Alternative #2: Stand Steady Desk

Stand Steady DeskI recently found out about another low-cost standing desk alternative that converts any normal desk into a standing desk: the Stand Steady Desk.

The Stand Steady Desk comes in two finishes (Black and Maple), is low-priced (currently $140 on Amazon), and very easy to set up (only three pieces plus screws). Sure it’s simple, but it’s also a bit more elegant than just piling phone books on top of your existing work space. 🙂

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Table-Top Alternative: Anderlyn Desk

Anderlyn DeskRecently I was notified of a small company selling table-top add-on desks, Anderlyn Desk, that are meant to turn any surface into a standing desk. For those looking to alter their existing desk at a low price point this could be just the thing you’re looking for.

Standing desks can be expensive, with many pre-built options starting at $600 or so (of course, you could always build your own). At only $200 (plus $60 shipping outside of California), you can just put this on top of your desk and be ready to go relatively easily. It is adjustable, and has four height levels to accommodate users ranging from 4’11” to 6’7″+.

For more information head over to Anderlyn Desk.

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Another Cheap Portable IKEA Standing Desk

Along the lines of the last post ($22 IKEA Standing Desk), here we have an even cheaper solution that is quite portable. Again, this particular construct is based on IKEA parts, but comes to a grand total of only $17. The one caveat is that this is more of an add-on to an existing desk/platform, so you’ll need that set up first.

Doesn’t look particularly aesthetically pleasing, but it does the trick for a low, low price! Great way to try standing up for a while without breaking the bank. If you don’t like it then you can always re-purpose the add-on and make it into a side table or something.

Originally posted on Lifehacker.

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$22 IKEA Standing Desk

Want to try out a standing desk, but don’t have $650+ lying around to buy one of the pre-made, adjustable types available? Thanks to some IKEA hardware and the folks at, you too can craft an inexpensive, decent looking standing desk for less than the price of an average restaurant bill.

Just stop by your local IKEA and grab the below items (or order online), and you’ll be up and standing within fifteen minutes or so (depending on your handiness with a screwdriver). Assembly instructions available in PDF form here.

This is the cheapest standing desk I’ve yet seen (besides the ones that you can build from a discarded door+cinder blocks, or Fedex boxes). Has anybody tried building and using this type of desk? Let me know how it worked out for you in the comments section.

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Kangaroo Pro Review

The Kangaroo Pro height-adjustable desk solution is a stylish, unobtrusive way of getting yourself up and out of the chair. These custom-made (you can select from four different finishes, as well as various upgrades/add-ons such as side tables, keyboard extensions, and stabilizing legs) monitor stand+work surfaces feature a metal base and stand, VESA mounts (so that they are compatible with most LCD monitors on the market), and a work area big enough for a full-size keyboard and mouse.

At $500 retail it’s not the least expensive option out there, but if you need a standing desk solution that can fit into a tight place this could be your answer. It looks pretty cool to me, and I might very well be a client in the near future (I’m a fan of mobile standing desk solutions, such as the previously reviewed QuikLok Laptop Stand).

Also available is the Kangaroo Pro Junior, which is a slightly smaller version of the Kangaroo Pro (only available in black).

Available for purchase through ErgoPro.

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David Teten’s Take on Workplace Ergonomics

David Teten, a partner at New York-based ff Venture Capital, has written a guest post Tim Ferriss’ blog regarding how he sets up his workplace for maximum health and productivity. Since moving to their new location in Manhattan, ff Venture Capital has documented their efforts to create a physically-optimized working environment for their employees.

In the post Teten refers to this New York Times article which breaks down exactly what happens to your body when you sit, especially when you sit for long periods of the day. The most important thing to glean from this piece is that if you sit all day, it doesn’t matter much whether you exercise or not–exercise is not an effective way to counteract sitting for long periods everyday. So, what can you do? Answer: not sit as much.

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One Year Later: A Standing Desk Review

I know that I have been gradually slipping when it comes to using my standing desk setup on a regular basis. I’m assuming that happens to everyone, but I’m doing my best to actively realize this fact and get back on track to standing at least half of the day.

I think that the toughest thing for me is that I currently have two PC’s set up–a “sitting” desktop, and a “standing” laptop–instead of one sit/stand desk solution. Of course, when I’m a my desk, most of the work is on my “sitting” desktop, as it is faster, has a bigger screen, and usually has the most up-to-date files stored on it. Once I sit down, I usually stay sitting down–it’s too much of a pain to sit. And that’s how I spend most of the work day. Of course, it doesn’t help that I need to travel all of the time, where I don’t have the option to stand most of the time.

Well, here’s the story of another person who has tried the standing desk lifestyle. She’s had a bit more success at it than myself. She details his daily routine, along with the downsides and upsides of working at a standing desk.

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Sitting All Day is Killing You

Lifehacker recently came out with an article detailing how much sitting all day is hurting your body, and what you can do to counteract it. Of course, the number one tip is to not sit as much. And who wouldn’t heed their advice, when you’re losing up to seven years of productive life and becoming more susceptible to certain forms of cancer?

Along with this article, they detail the ways in which your body reacts to the physical action of sitting, how you can arbitrarily add more walking to your daily routine (take the stairs, park in the back of the parking lot, etc.), and how to measure your sit/stand ratio to determine where you stand (pun totally intended).

Check below the fold for the full infographic detailing “The Truth About Sitting Down”.

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How-To Build a Treadmill Desk

This comes in from reader John Stone, who created his own guide on how exactly to go about designing and building your own treadmill desk. John was good enough to write a blog post detailing parts needed, how to choose a treadmill, and build steps over at his blog, Node Floating.

Touted as a “simple standing treadmill desk”, it does seem to be very functional, and gets the job done at a low price point (just a few dollars, besides the obligatory treadmill itself). An added benefit is that it is portable–able to be easily removed at will from the treadmill unit when not needed. This design also has no need for specialized bottom-only treadmills, which is what a lot of full-size adjustable standing desk designs call for.

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