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World’s cheapest standing desk

Standing desks are great to get you up from a sedentary chair, especially when you are at your desk all day. In my case, a standing desk is helpful to alleviate the pain of a back injury that I suffered in my teens.

I would like a sit/stand convertible desk, however those cost hundreds of dollars and I wanted to be a bit thrifty. This desk cost less than $20 to build. The top is reclaimed from an old shelf, and and I counted it as free.

I also wanted to be able to integrate my musical keyboard into the setup. It came out pretty well for $20!

Temp guest room desk

Guest Desk

It seems part of this REI project has me getting bounces all over the house. Now I am set up in the guest room. Same temp desk set up as in the basement, now with a bed for napping 😉

Temp guest room desk

Converted dining room office workspace

Converted Dining Office

This workspace is in the back dining room of my current real estate project. Made cozy with an area rug and an electric fireplace that was left behind by the previous owner.

Converted dining room office workspace

Temp Basement Desk

Dunno why posting photos of your desk is such a trend…. I have been doing it for years now….

While family is over on an extended visit, I have been kicked out of my normal office space. This is my temporary desk, set up in an unfinished basement of the house I am renovating.

The set up:

  • Saw horses to hold the top. Yesterday I was using these to cut boards!
  • A slab of plywood I pulled off the wall that had been a janky shelf.
  • Underneath is my standing desk mat. It is awesome. Currently keeping my feet off the concrete.

This is set up is holding:

  • 2018 MacBook Pro
  • Dell 30” monitor
  • iPad
  • Sennheiser headphones
  • John Maxwell coffee mug
  • Pot of coffee thermos

Finally, a standing desk on the boat!

I have had standing desks for years. In fact, I recently posted a photo I found of the standing desk I had at our Lake City house. When we moved onto the boat I was bummed that there was no area that was both compact and out of the way enough for a standing desk. A couple weeks ago I accidentally ran across the solution!

What I have set up now is a monitor mount with a tray on the arm instead of a monitor. It has been working great! The only major issue I have run across is the monitor height. Because I am using the built in laptop monitor I am looking down, which hurts the upper back after a while. Thinking now about getting a small external monitor to mount similarly above the laptop.

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