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DIY Standing Desk Sports Super Sturdy Galvanized Pipe Legs

If you’re looking for a standing desk sturdy enough you can tap dance on it this DIY creation features thick pipe legs and a solid oak desktop.

Courtesy of designer Jessica Allen, this standing desk can easily support a bank of monitors, heavy equipment, and even your entire body if need be, thanks to a sturdy galvanized plumbing pipe undercarriage and a 1″ thick oak top. We love the clean lines of the desk but we’d be tempted to clutter them up a little with a tower-rack mounted under the desk or on the inside of the thick pipe legs.

Hit up the link below to check out the full build log. Have a cool standing desk (or desk tutorial) to share? Sound off in the comments.

Steel Pipe Standing Desk

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/12/12

Comments (7)

  1. cheaper

    I did the same basic design as this but used a large piece of wood from Home Depot…cost was about $40 for the wood and looks just like that over prices ikea piece of crap.

  2. Gentry

    Nice! Wonder if they tried to run a power strip (and maybe some cat6) through one of the legs to cut down on exposed cable clutter.

    Would probably need another T by the foot and probably need to use larger diameter than 1″ pipe. Also, you would probably want to run another horizontal brace with a T and mount to get the cables to the rear center of the table.

    On my to-do list if I can get enough 1.5″ pipe and connectors for under $50 :)

  3. Max

    Looks like an interesting project, but I added the cost up and $350 seems like a lot for a desk.

  4. Ishmael

    I tend to agrre with Max. Add in a minimum $150 worth of labor and you’ve got yourself a $500 counter to stand in front of. It makes as much sense as a birdhouse made of structural steel ans concrete!

  5. Jeff@Anthro

    Looks like a fun project, however the problem you are going to come across is how hard it is to stand all day at your desk. I use a standing desk myself, (my company Anthro actually manufacturers them), and I have felt first hand how hard it is to stand for a couple of hours. Is there something you can do to your plans to allow the desk to adjust down to normal height, so you can sit when you get tired?

  6. fran mc

    I like the idea of hiding the wires inside the pipes!

    Another way to get a taller desk is to use bed risers under the legs. They add about 6 inches to the height. We use them with a folding banquet table to make a fabric cutting station for our quilting sew-ins. (It is easier to cut fabric with a rotary cutter when standing because body weight is used, vs. arm strength.)

    An ergonomic issue is clear from the photos. The table is too tall for one user and too low for the other. Neither has their arms at a 90 degree angle!

    A drafting table can be set flat and also be adjusted to suit the height of the user, and is less costly. Square steel pipes of two sizes are nested and held in position with a thumbscrew, through a hole of the outer pipe. There is a connector at the top of the pipe where the top is attached with screws.

    Another classic style is the door-on-a-stack-of-concrete-blocks. Very sturdy, and cheap!

    My $0.02

  7. Rachel


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