Their desks are totally functional, but they're not fancy. So when I started to build my desk I decided I would make mine FANCY.
A few quick trips to Ikea, a sports store, and a Lowe's Depot gave me the foundation I needed to make a fully integrated treadmill desk.
I've had this desk since March of 2010 and after the initial adjustment period, during which walking was torture and standing was something I did for emergencies, I can now say that it's solely responsible for all the happiness I've ever had. Seriously, I'm never tired anymore. I can walk around the mall, the World Maker Faire, go to the gym, and I'm NEVER tired.
My energy level is somewhere between normal, natural human and freakish mitochondrial mutation. It's totally awesome.
So if you can stand the 1-3 week adjustment period you can reverse the years of damage from sitting 8 hours a day year after year after year. The trick is to fully commit. I work remotely and I put my imac on the treadmill desk. Now, if I'm working I'm walking.
Step 1: The Parts of a Fancy Walking Desk
First I went to Ikea and got me one'o'them Frederik desks. I think it was like $150
Then I went to Modell's Authority and looked at the back of all the treadmill control panels. What you're looking for is one that can be easily separated from the backing. In the end I chose a ProForm 480 E. The control panel itself was just screwed on to the backing, so I figured I could take it apart easily enough. It cost $500.
Next I went to an office supply store I don't have a pun for and got a keyboard shelf. I just wanted the slidey-desk attachy parts. I'm sure they have specific names and I'm also sure I don't care what those names are.
Finally I stopped by a home warehouse store and got a piece of MDF cut so I could mount the control panel.
As an aside, a lot of the time when you're reading these instructables the authors make it seem like all these steps were carefully planned and executed in just the right order. The truth is not that simple. Maybe some of the authors are that organized but most do something like what I did:
I spent over two hours wandering Ikea cursing their stupid inefficient layout while annoying their staff with non-standard questions. Prior to doing any of this I had already spent another two hours crawling around the floor of the sports store taking pictures of the underside of treadmills like some bizarre upskirt treadmill fetishist.
Then I spent WAAAY too much money on a keyboard shelf because god dammit I was finishing this thing today come hell or high water.
But when you make the instructable it makes you seem like you're so much more together if you say "first I did this perfectly, then I went on to do the exactly logical next step with no time or thought in between because I am awesome like that."
I'm done with the aside, let's move on.
Now all you have to do is put these parts together exactly the right way and you will also have a perfect treadmill desk because I'm awesome like that. I definitely did not injure myself or curse a lot doing the next steps.