Introduction: Standing and Treadmill Desk DIY

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I began experimenting with a standing or treadmill desk last summer and have finally gotten around to making the full conversion. Here's how I did it, if I can you can do it too.

Step 1: Procure Treadmill and Desk

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I found the treadmill cheap on Craigslist. It's not important what kind of treadmill you choose but it makes your life easier if the hand rails are simply bolted on. I found the desk locally. I got lucky and found an adjustable desk for only $50 locally.

Step 2: Treadmill Modifications

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I wanted the treadmill to not stick out, but I also did not want to put too many hours into the process. 1. Remove all unnecessary parts. I removed the hand rails, the incline motor and the hinged incline wheels. I added some black painted 2x4's to make the treadmill level (you would not have to do this but my incline motor would not stay level). 2. Modify the control panel - there was a lot of unnecessary plastic on the control panel so I took that apart and using a hack saw cut the board to a smaller size. I did have to move some of the boards around to accommodate. I don't like the look and eventually will make a new control panel, but this works fine for now. I simply used a zip tie to keep the emergency key engaged - hope I don't fall while walking! That is all I did to the treadmill other than giving it a good cleaning and adjusting the belt tensioner.

Step 3: Desk Modifications

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The desk I got adjusted from 34" to 44". To be comfortable typing on the treadmill I needed a few more inches. 1. Removed the top of the desk 2. Placed a 4x4 in between desk base and top. Screwed the base into the 4x4's and used a few L-brackets to fasten the tabletop to the 4x4's 3. Painted the 4x4's black so they blend in to the frame - does not look bad at all.

Step 4: Test and Install

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I set up the desk in my garage to give it a bit of a test run - worked great! I went to work early one day and took apart my old desk and moved it all to this desk. A few things help: 1. I had a 25' long vga cord with a 3.5mm audio jack, so my computer tower is tucked away Ina corner - leaving a cleaner look and more room on the desk. 2. A wireless mouse and keyboard are great for the same reason. 3. I simply slide the monitor over when I am on the treadmill - takes me about 15 seconds to raise the desk to the correct height. 4. I have a stool that I can sit on that works at my standing height - it takes awhile to be able to stand all day. 5. Invest in some good insoles and a nice pair of shoes for the treadmill. I use a pair of Cushies when I am on my treadmill - they are comfortable and also look nice enough that if I forget to change back to my dress shoes for a meeting I am not wearing sneakers. 6. Be prepared to be a bit of a show for awhile if you are the first in your workplace to move o a standing or treadmill desk - they will stop by. 7. Persistence - your feet will be sore and you will need to figure out the best speed to walk and for how long - but it will get better and you will be more productive and have more energy throughout the day.

Step 5: Cost

1. Treadmill - $80 on Craigslist 2. Desk - $50 3. Other materials - $0 (random things from garage)


wonderbrett (author)2016-10-04

$50 adjustable desk is freaking NUTS!!!

RevelryByNight (author)2015-11-06

I don't understand how the treadmill works without the control panel. Can you explain how you took that off?

Work LiveW (author)2015-09-09

Is it better than Lifespan Treadmill desks & Standing desks ? It's simple quite and seems good under $50. Any way good job Cessenberg.

Vancer1111 (author)2014-01-24

Great luck getting an adjustable desk for $50 anywhere. You struck gold mate.

davidglinski (author)2013-07-30

Where did you get that desk for $50 ???

cessenburg (author)2013-06-20

Yeah I am planning on raising the monitor with a clamp mount which will give me correct monitor height and give me more desk space.

Bannockburn (author)2013-06-20

Love it! I'm doing a study right now on insulin resistance and standing desks, incorporating the treadmill is an interesting twist.

HollyMann (author)2013-06-20

Great way to be healthy and get your work done! I had a setup like this before but was too lazy to use it! Then went to the extreme and began doing P90x - so at least I got my fitness in!

xpozitron (author)2013-06-20

It looks like you still need to move the monitor higher. Maybe something like this will help.

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