Transform a Normal Desk Into Standing Desk for $4

Go to your local hardware store and purchase 4 cinder blocks for ~$1 each. Place the blocks under each leg of the desk. For added security wrap large hose clamps around the cinder block and desk feet. An Ikea desk works great for this.



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    3 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea!

    I've been tempted to do this, but I'm trying to figure out how to convert my perfectly comfy office chair into a perfectly comfy tall chair, you know, for the times I still feel like sitting. Any ideas?

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    With the money I saved by using cider blocks, instead of purchasing a $1k adjustable desk, I invested in a Focal Sit Stand thing seat thing... it was $800, but it works really well and allows me to stand all day. My back was being destroyed by my regular office chair. I plan to throw it away or donate it by leaving it on the curb. In other words, I committed 100% to the sit stand thing.

    All that said, while I was devising my plan I did consider raising my chair as backup... but all ideas were very Rube Goldburgian... i.e. a cinder block under each leg. The best idea was an inexpensive bar stool.


    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Ha! I've been thinking about making some sort of timber framework to put under my chair so I could still use it occasionally, but that just seems pretty silly and perhaps not very feasible.

    I may just have to bite the bullet and go all in, as you did!