From Cabinet Door to Standing Desk in an Instant

From Cabinet Door to Standing Desk in an Instant

Range Govindan
Aug 8, 2011

Even on a limited budget, you can transition from a traditional desk to your very own standing workstation. With some ingenuity, you'll be able to set up your own standing desk without spending hundreds of dollars, and yes, it will still look pretty awesome. By using odds and ends, you can put together a standing desk, allowing for a balance between price and (healthier) utility...

It's not the first time that we've seen a door converted into a workstation, but the overall effectiveness and affordability of this hack makes it a option well-worth considering for anyone wanting to setup a cheap, standing desk with an attractive finish. This desk has a built-in feel and look since it was chosen to fit in perfectly in a nook that was in a sun room.

Brittany wanted to get a counter-height workstation in her sun room, but was a bit dismayed by the price it would cost. Instead, she went to IKEA to look for some desktops and found a cabinet door that would fit perfectly in her space. The door had a white veneer finish, which matched her decor. She used four large wall brackets to mount the desktop to the wall, using heavy-duty wall anchors and construction-strength adhesive. While she didn't use any screws, we'd recommend to the use of some in order to make the whole thing secure.

Since she used a cabinet door, the desk isn't wide, so it's pretty unobtrusive. Thanks to the wall-mounting, it looks airy. Some cabinets and drawers can be placed underneath to serve as storage for computer-related peripherals. Two or three metallic, telescopic table legs (like the VIKA KAJ) would also finish securing the desk, ensuring that your computer doesn't drop because the brackets couldn't support its weight.

Finally, adding some LED lighting strips under the desk would give the whole workstation an ambient and moody glow. Instead of using a cabinet door, any type of wooden tabletop can be used, from old doors to repurposed shelving. Brittany wanted a counter-height desk, but since it's at the right height, it can easily be used as a standing desk as well. The stool adds a bit of versatility, because when you get tired of standing, you can sit down for a while.

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(via Ikeahackers, photos by Brittany, Flickr member Blogjunkie licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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