Step 9: Keyboard Tray and Shelf Attached to Wall

In Sarah's desk, she has attached an under-desk keyboard tray to a shelf attached to the wall.  Her treadmill is unmodified and simply sits underneath the shelf.  Mounting standards to brick isn't difficult, but she got lucky and discovered holes from a previous set of standards already in place.
<p>Not trying to be a troll (seriously), but given that you have a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, no less, not to mention that you're the <em>founder of Instructables,</em> I must say I am a bit disappointed in the level of engineering prowess that seems to have gone into the design of your &quot;treadmill desk.&quot; </p><p>Your treadmill desk appears to consist of a stock treadmill which has merely been placed against a wall, beneath a shelf. Really?</p><p>I'll grant that the wooden hutch-type-thing on which you've placed your keyboard appears to be a DIY project, but I was expecting ... I dunno ... more</p>
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<p>Very interesting. The treadmill desk is one of the solutions to our busy with office activities, but wants to keep exercising and staying in shape. One of my questions, what recommendations desk treadmill best price is under 500 dollars?</p>
<p>This article is very very awesome!!! while I&rsquo;m reading it, i feel like growing up a bit. thanks to sharing it.</p>
<p>Really good work</p>
<p>Great idea.</p><p>Is this work properly for daily routine.</p>
<p>Nice idea but probably won't work for me. Thanks</p>
<p>very good, not practical, but having a desk and a treadmill, would solve 2 time expansive problems that i tackle everyday, i think an ipad/surface within a treadmill might be a good idea.</p>
<p>I tried treadmilling hands free and as commented before me, I had to concentrate on balance. I am thinking perhaps a belted system where you could lean back on a waist belt, then walk. I bet you could walk faster that way. I would love to binge on movies but to play minecraft as I walk....that would be so cool!</p>
<p>I think its a good idea. </p><p>I had a stand up desk and I worked like that few months. But I realized my productivity was less than usual because I was concentrating on moving and walking than on the work at hand. I do research and development at work. Eventually I found out if I need to write a paper I need to sit down and concentrate. Maybe its only me but I am not sure standing and working did help me have a better sleep at night but low productivity at work. Anyone else have the same issues ? If anyone has a solution let me know because I kinda liked standing and working but I cannot compromise on my work.</p>
This post is how i got started on treadmills, too. Here's mine. After working on a used electric one from home, i built a passive one, because power consumption and noise are an issue in the office. I'll try to make an instructable when i get around to it, though this was not a simple task. The cross bar is a brake. You walk against it to release it.
Here is a quick and easy desk you can build and for your treadmill. I built this for less than $15.00.
Here is another <a href="http://www.nodefloating.com/2012/01/05/treadmill-desk-how-to-build/" rel="nofollow">treadmill desk that looks easy to build</a>. Anyone tried one like it?
Eric, love your work as always ;)<br /> <br /> I have been considering a tread desk for a few weeks now - since I read this: <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_19/b4177071221162.htm" rel="nofollow">Your office chair is killing you</a><br /> <br /> Bit scary and sad to think that chair manufacturers design to what is popular, rather than what is good for us...<br /> <br /> I saw your treadmill in the newsletter and finally got around to reading it today.<br /> I was so inspired I almost went out and welded a base for my existing desk.. but need to find a treadmill to work out the height first ;)<br /> My initial concerns were that the walking motion would generate a bit of flexion in the floorboards and cause the monitors to jiggle (they do if you bump the desk). I&nbsp;like your suspension from the roof option to prevent this! ;)<br /> I also assume the slow speed keeps it to a minimum anyway?<br /> <br /> I wonder how long it will be before shorter-stride-length treadmills are made for walking only? It'd be nice if they were half the length and you could tuck them up if you felt like just standing (though it doesn't sound like that would be the case once you were used to it!). <br /> Looking at the video it seems we don't need the full length if walking slowly..<br /> <br /> Keep up the good work ;)<br />
Replying to an old comment I know, but i read the link to the website and decided to try standing up for the night on my laptop...
Ha you should have it so that the treadmill powers the computer when you walk on it. That would be kinda funny and pretty cool.
My setup almost complete -- will put the system/monitor up tomorrow. Also, my treadmill has no motor, I plan to attach a small generator and produce power while I work on the computer! Pretty fancy, huh? :)
I was just looking to see if anyone had implemented the walking desk with a non-powered treadmill. It doesn't seem necessary. If you can put your bike on rollers, why can't you just put yourself on rollers? <br><br>Is there an instructable in the works? I'm wondering if you just dis-engaged the motors from a regular treadmill, or if you have a lighter-weight solution?
I'm useing this model Atemi AT-205 http://www.via-sport.ru/cat/15/6/ and I plan to attach a generator to mine to produce electricity!<br><br>
Can you type and walk at the same time? My experience with self-powered treadmills is that the user must hang on to the treadmill arms in order to be able to walk on the treadmill, which would seem to mean that typing and walking at the same time would not be possible.
Yes, I can. I implemented a harness. This belt keeps my hands free from holding on to the handles and I can indeed type.
And this is the original instructable on tradmil computer desk: https://www.instructables.com/id/Treadmill-Desk/
Thanks for posting this Instructable! It was great to show the variations on the design (attaching everything to the treadmill, mounting stuff on the wall) and the pros and cons of each. I finished my own variation on the idea last night, and today marks my first walking day of work. So far, so good. I went with the mini-desk attached to the rails for the keyboard and mouse, and the monitor on a shelf attached to the wall. The desk is made of 3/4&quot; plywood. The desk slips onto the rails of the treadmill without modification to the tread.
I'm a walking typing fool :)
I'm building one http://twitpic.com/59kj6t
Great 'ible! Will have to incorporate that at work somehow... <br>Just a question or two: &quot;Corvidae&quot;? As in ravens, crows etc? Cool name: how did you decide on that?
I really like the idea but a desk for a stationary bike would be awesome. There used to be one for sale but I waited too long and the guy went out of business due to being too busy to make them. I almost bought the business from him. Here is a picture of the desk. http://gizmodo.com/203972/geek+a+cycle-defattens-the-bloggers Anyone out there able to make a look alike?
It has to be big enough and sturdy enough for a monitor, keyboard and mouse or maybe a shelf that can be attached to a desk the monitor is on.
I bought one of those and the seat hurts my butt (seat is hard as a rock and the upgrade was painful as well.) and the bike is way too tall for me. I am 5'2&quot;. I want a recumbent bike so I can see over it for the computer on the desk top. I did rig another top for the fit desk it but seems to me the seat is still painful.
The fit desk would fit your request available on amazon and fitdesk.net.<br>
Nice, but I'd have difficulties working with the bobbing up and down I&nbsp;do while walking....sitting down would be better.....I wonder if a version with one 'Seat belted&quot; onto a &quot;stationary bike&quot; with an appropriately comfortable seat, of course,&nbsp; be better? <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
I'm looking at the fitdesk.net exercise bike. I use boxes perched to my recumbent bike but think I would like to walk more, hence my presence on your lovely site.<br>
I'd love to see a stationary cycle version! I ready about the treadmill version in several magazines and now have seen it in action. Nice job!<br />
Please join our community of treadmill desk users at http://officewalkers.ning.com.
I made one of these after reading <u>Brain Rules</u>. I've never been able to write very well while walking, but reading is fine and typing works as long as I walk slowly. I had to cut my treadmill down by 8 inches, but the desk is held on with velcro straps and is easy to take off. I think building the desk as a shelf on a wall is better if you have a suitable place.
That looks great! Thanks for sharing your version.
A question: since you're always moving on a treadmill when reading on your computer screen, will it hurt your eyes?
No problems so far.
I love the idea of the treadmill desk, unfortunately I work at a sewing machine not a computer all day. I've tried a standing desk, but like Christy I found my self in strange positions and with numb feet after a while. Can anyone think of a way around the foot peddle of my sewing machine? I need both hands to guide the fabric but maybe I could use my elbow for the peddle if I rig it right. What do you guys think?
Hook it to some voice recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking?) and say &quot;sew&quot;, &quot;stop sew&quot;, faster, slower.... :) and interface it to the sewing machine! That would be nice.
you should rig it to the actual treadmill itself, so when you start walking it activates an electrical circuit which is connected to the sewing machine peddle mechanism - walk fast, it sews faster!
That would be brilliant! If only I had the mechanical/electrical know-how to do it. I'd probably electrocute myself or blow something up. Hmm, maybe I can get some help.
umm.. bite switch.
I have been looking for instructions on how to make a bite switch or sip and puff switch to connect to the USB port of a computer so that I can do my medical transcription on the treadmill. It would take the place of my wave pedal that I use now with my foot. Got any suggestions? I've searched the Internet high and low and cannot find anything similar.
Mr. Eric<br><br>Thanks for this project, i mean instructables in general, we (my family) send you the best wishes for 2011 i hope peace(full) for every instructables users. The creativity and share is the future :-)
This is a great instructable! I decided to build my own treadmill desk in a similar manner. I've been walking on it and blogging my results.<br><a href="http://www.walkerdeskranger.com">WalkerDeskRanger.com</a><br>My goal is to lose 80 pounds!
Nice work!<br> <br> I don't mean to ignore the fact that this is a nice concept and you did a great job of documenting it, but little Corvidae is about the cutest thing out there. She seems to like the video camera!!<br> <br> Cheers<br>
it's... interesting...
I built something in a similar spirit at home, after seeing this instructable.&nbsp; A couple of thoughts that guided my process:<br /> <br /> I'm over 300#, so using a treadmill tends to cause deflection in the old, pine joists of our home.&nbsp; With a mind to have a very stable keyboard shelf, I put my treadmill in the nearest corner.&nbsp; The keyboard shelf is supported over and across where the emergency grab-bars attach to the user interface console at a comfortable height, held up place with a triangular brace made of 2x3 pine, glued and screwed with bird-mouth notches, and fastened to the two walls intersecting at that corner with (4) 3/16&quot; dia. toggle bolts (right side), and a ledger board.<br /> <br /> Eventually, there will be an accident that results in instinctive grabbing at the leading edge of the shelf for support.&nbsp; The shelf and it's parts can't be loose-laid for that reason, and the connections need to be strong enough to support the occupant until they can regain their footing.<br />
Sounds great!&nbsp; Post some pictures, or your own Instructable!<br />

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