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Build a Stylish Standing Desk for Under $200

If you’re looking for an on-the-cheap standing desk but you’d like to use solid wood instead of particle board/MDF, this IKEA-based hack uses solid wood counter tops and still keeps it budget-friendly.

Similar to a previously featured IKEA standing desk, this model–courtesy of Brad at IKEAHacker–uses the CAPITA angled brackets. It varies by ditching the MDF boards and storage cubies in place of solid wood LAGAN countertops. To build Brad’s standing desk you’ll need little more than a drill and saw (although if you want to recreate the comfort groove he cut out of the front of the desk you’ll need access to a jigsaw). His total cost was $168.99; hit up the link below for a full run down of his build. For more standing desk ideas, check out our guide to buying or building the perfect standing desk.

VIKA BRAD Standing Desk [IKEAHacker]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/30/12

Comments (3)

  1. vistual

    Here’s what worked for me …
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80115993/

    I’m not home right now but i think i set the height of the work area somewhere around 40″ – 43″ or so. Notice the two shelves on the top, what i did was i mounted them UNDER the actual work area of the desk.

    to get myself off my feet when tired of standing, i found a chair that’s adjustable in all kinds of ways that also raises up pretty high. something quite similar to this but different material covering.
    http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/bizchair1_2196_613783953

  2. Rattlehead

    finally, a how-to desk that isn’t made out of junk laying around your house. Very nice I might add, I may just have to build this one myself.

  3. spin498

    I must say, for the slightly higher expense I would go the route of the bookshelves. Don’t know about the rest of you people, but my desktop is a clutter magnet.

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