The Better-Looking IKEA Jerker Treadmill Desk

The Better-Looking IKEA Jerker Treadmill Desk

Range Govindan
Oct 26, 2010

We last featured an IKEA treadmill desk in late July, and while it was a great idea, it was a bit cluttered. This new version is less clunky and optimized than the previous version. Ultimately, if you spend hours behind a computer, than this is a great way of getting back into shape.

While it can be true that it's hard to work while you're on a treadmill, once you get used to it, it works well, especially for all of those people who spend hours upon hours sitting on their chairs working behind a screen. This DIY solution comes thanks to John Carter, who really made his treadmill desk stand out from the ones that we've seen, thanks to some sleek ideas. The desk was made for John's office, for a lot less than some of the ready-made solutions, which actually sell for thousands of dollars.

An interesting spin on this idea would be to use a 27" iMac and mount it on a wall. Using an Apple Bluetooth keyboard and Magic Mouse, you could easily use the computer from a treadmill without having to modify it too much. John Carter's treadmill desk uses an IKEA Jerker desk, which have been discontinued by IKEA. John found a bunch of desks for his office on Craigslist.

A Jerker top and two table legs were used to make this treadmill desk. He needed a few extra braces that allowed him to build the desk around the treadmill. In order to do so, they needed to cut a hole in table top. Once the braces were modified and added, a 32-inch Vizio LCD HDTV was used as the main monitor for the computer. Since the HDTV is wall-mounted, it's always at eye-level.

Using a bigger monitor would make more sense in a home office-based setup. This would allow you to simply slide the treadmill desk away when you want to watch TV by positioning a sofa behind the treadmill. It would make a lot of sense to use a wireless keyboard and mouse for this. That way, the only thing that is on the treadmill is a mouse and a keyboard, which are easy to stash away. Instead of using a full computer, you could always use a Mac Mini or an HTPC. That setup would be ideal for people who like the idea, but don't want to spend too much money on it.

[via Ikeahacker, photos by John Carter]

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