Man Dog Machine's Marvelous IKEA Hack Standing Desk

Man Dog Machine's Marvelous IKEA Hack Standing Desk

Gregory Han
Jun 23, 2011

Tom Borowski is tall. NBA tall. When you're 6'9" and working behind a keyboard for hours on end, eventually the toll of a regular sedentary position is going to get to you. With that in mind, Tom set out to create a workstation solution that would allow him to switch over from a seated station over to a standing one at intervals, as an alternative to his primary sitting desk rather than a complete replacement. That's when a trip to IKEA and some DIY experimentation/research was in order...

My initial choice were a pair of Billy book shelves which I could have screwed together, back to back. But I found something better: an [IKEA] EFFEKTIV filing cabinet with castors. Using 30cm table legs on top of the cabinet I'd get the perfect height and some 10cm table legs would support a board that would hold the monitor. I also added a basket for cable management, some Bluelounge CableDrops for keeping the power and DisplayPort cables from the MacBook from falling off the desk when detached and two IKEA Jansjö LED lights to illuminate the keyboard and any book I might have propped up in front of me on a Bookchair.

All in all it took me maybe two hours to do the actual assembly of the desk. What took the most time was planning, getting stuff from the DIY store, waiting for the stuff I ordered online to arrive and waiting for the wax/oil finish on the ash boards to dry (the wood needed two treatments with 8-10 hours in between). Considering I had the idea for a standing desk just last Saturday, the project was completed pretty quickly.

What we admire about Tom's DIY solution is the careful considerations and research that went into putting this together, not just from an ergonomic/anatomical perspective, but also the final presentation. Mixing in affordable IKEA furniture and as-is section items with tech accessories like the Bluelounge CableDrops, TwelveSouth Book Arc and LUXA2 H4 to hold his iPad, the standing desk on wheels looks like a retail product, not the typical DIY solution (the woven basket to hold cables and cords is a nice homey touch). He's even added a Levo Bookholder for easier book/manuscript reading while at this standing desk. Tom's desk is like a mad tech-conductor's podium with a space for everything.

For all the details and resources that went into Tom's DIY standing desk project, steer your mouse over to, ManDogMachine.com.

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