My $30 DIY Standing Desk

When I turned my former roommate's bedroom into my home office, I knew I wanted a standing desk. But which kind? Most that are for retail sale are on the pricey side and many of the DIY versions look very handmade with their stacks of boxes or reams of paper to prop up monitors and peripherals. Then, I had an idea...

Ikea's Norbo wall-mounted table seemed the perfect size for my laptop and Wacom tablet. Mounting the monitor on the wall would save additional space on the tabletop, as well as allowing the table to be folded down and create a little extra space when guests are using the room.

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All I had to do was measure and find the correct height for the desk, and use the proper anchors to secure the desk to wall studs. Once I had everything measured, I lightly sanded the finish and painted the table black to match the wall, which is covered in Graham and Brown's Dixie wallpaper.

I ended up adding a stool because, well, sometimes I'm lazy. But I made sure it was an uncomfortable stool so I don't stay seated too long!

(Images: Michelle Chin)