The problem is that most of them are really expensive, and really ugly – an acceptable combination only when it comes to big dogs.
So I gave up my search for a snazzy stand up desk. Then my friend Josh told me about a website called ikeahackers.net. People upload pictures of custom setups they made with components purchased from Ikea.
I did a search for “stand up desk” at the site, and found a couple intriguing options. I considered this one, and this one. The first was too tall. The second used brackets that required bolts that crowded the desktop.
The desk you will see below is a combination of these two configurations.
Necessary features of a stand up desk
There were several “musts” that I was looking for in a configuration.
1. Enough length for a dual monitor setup.
2. Monitors at eye level.
3. Enough desk space to lay open multiple commentaries.
4. A spot for my physical inbox on the desktop, but out of the way.
5. It had to look sweet.
I was able to accomplish each of these goals with my setup.
I posted a bunch of pics below, as well as a list of the components I purchased, and the price tag.
The “legs” of the desk
Extra shelf space
Keeping it off the floor
The shopping list
Here is what I purchased, all at Ikea:
Ekby Tore bracket for table top
Expedit shelving unit (one for each side, two total)
Captita brackets, 2-pack (one 2-pack for each side, two total)
8″ Capita legs, 4-pack. These hold up the front of the shelf. I only used three out of the four.
4″ Capita legs, 4-pack. These were for the feet, under the Expedit shelves (one 4-pack, per shelf; two total).
The grand total for the parts, not including tax and shipping, comes out to 249.93. Not cheap, but definitely a bargain compared to the other desks on the market.