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    did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of four I m

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    brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of four I

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    brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of four I

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    How many brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of

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    How many brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of

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    brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of four I

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    brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of four I

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    How many brackets did you end up using to attach all of the pieces together The only part that would worry me is the front piece how do you have it attached to the rest Reply petermarks says May 9 2011 at 10 03 am I used 4 brackets on each side to attach everything None of the brackets are easily noticeable The rear fully built 1x5s are attached to the 2x2s by square brackets on the bottom and straight brackets on the back The 1x5s are attached to each other by straight brackets on the surface underneath the countertop and the sides underneath Best of luck Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 21 pm Awesome timing I was just looking for a stand up desk and this perfect gonna put it together next week I saw you mentioned the back half especially is nice and stable I use work from home and use three 30 monitors do you think it can hold them 90 lbs Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 30 pm I think the back part could definitely support 90lb s I can put all my body weight on it and don t notice any give You may want to support the shelf more than the two columns in my setup though Counter question Three 30 monitors eh Sometimes I think I could use more than my single 30 Are they all running at 2560 x 1600 What kind of video card s Mac or PC Vertical or horizontal orientation Reply Clum says May 14 2011 at 7 48 pm Do you mean the extra Lack shelf on top might need more support or the actual 1 5 Expedit shelf I plan on forgoing the Lack shelf and just resting the monitors on the 1 5 itself so hopefully that avoids any potential problems I actually only have two 30s right now but plan on getting the third one soon so wanted to make sure the desk can handle it Extra space is always nice even just a smaller monitor on the side to separate all your non work related stuff All max resolution PC horizontal orientation Video card is nothing special NVIDIA GeForce 9500 since I don t do any intensive video editing gaming but I will need a second card for the third monitor Reply petermarks says May 14 2011 at 7 53 pm Right you may want to support the lack shelf more than I am The 1 5 expedit is solid though Sounds like a solid computing setup Reply ageekymom says May 15 2011 at 10 55 am That is an awesome desk You have managed to incorporate tons of storage into a small footprint You have me seriously considering a trek to IKEA Great job Reply Jonathan Cutrell says May 29 2011 at 9 10 pm Looks fantastic I am actually moving into a new apartment and I m thinking I need to find a solution for a standup work environment However I am 5 10 so this particular design might be a bit too high for me I don t know guess it s time to get creative in Ikea I m also considering having a specific spot for my laptop I normally work from a 27 iMac as well as a cool place for my iPad I guess I ll have to post pictures Great post my friend Reply petermarks says May 30 2011 at 9 18 am Thanks Regarding desk height it also depends on the length of your arms I would try to experiment with a makeshift counter to see what height comfortable before building anything Reply Lis says June 13 2011 at 4 32 pm What would you reccomend for a 50 wide space I m only 5 5 so I think I can use an under table keyboard shelf Reply petermarks says June 13 2011 at 6 51 pm Hi Lis With 50 of space you might be a little tight for chair room if you plan to have a high chair for backup like I do I don t think Ikea makes a 1 4 expedit but they have some shorter countertops that are closer to 50 Reply Clum says June 13 2011 at 6 58 pm I built the desk just as you set it up except without the extra top shelf for my monitors and it s working great The only thing is you must have a freakishly tall upper body or I have the opposite I guess I m 6 2 and the desk is definitely an inch or two taller than I would like Especially when sitting on a high chair similar to the one you linked my arms are extended out almost straight instead of 90 degree bend at the elbow So I m looking for some sort of riser or stand to give me a few inch boost I have a gel mat also which I STRONGLY recommend and anyone shorter should do likewise before building this IMO Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 10 am I m 6 2 as well but have shorter arms Perhaps that accounts for the difference in comfort Hope you can find a riser that works for you Reply J Chamberlain says June 30 2011 at 12 02 am Thanks for the strong design I built this desk with a few modifications today and am very pleased with the results One caveat I m 6 3 and find the 48 height very comfortable when standing If you re shorter than that below 6 1 you might want to think twice about the height of the original design especially if you plan on standing I also made a few modifications 1 I bolted the desk together rather than using braces on the back I placed three bolts through the two ends of the rear 1 5 I think that bolts will provide a better hold over the long term versus the brace system 2 I drilled two 2 3 8 holes for two grommets to pass cords through and give it a more desk like appearance 3 I used a brace to hold the two 1 5 s that form the top of the desk together This way there s less of a chance for the front piece to slide from side to side for those who aren t bracing one side against I wall 4 I took your advice and used the Capita legs for the upper shelf and I like the overall look I m very pleased with the results both in terms of the desk and the overall cost Kudos to you for the excellent and economical design Reply petermarks says June 30 2011 at 3 07 am Nice work I like your bolt approach I m also bracing the top of my 1 5 s Reply J Chamberlain says July 7 2011 at 7 23 pm One other point You can use the additional shelves from the Expedit shelving unit that you don t fully assemble as supports Specifically I felt that over the long term the front half of the desk may have been too unstable to support heavy items or a lot of leaning After all the only thing holding the top of the desk together is four screws inside particle board Therefore if you turn the extra shelves lengthwise finished portion up you can slide them between the top of the front portion of the desk and the Expedit shelving unit The result is a desk that now feels very sturdy and one that should last over the long term You will have to take a furniture marker I chose the Espresso Brown version of the shelving unit and color the exposed portions of the shelves but one would have to look very close to notice the difference Reply J Curtis Watson says July 23 2011 at 7 33 am Could you post pictures of how you did this because I m having trouble visualizing how you strengthened the front 1 5 which is my only concern Reply J Chamberlain says August 16 2011 at 7 44 pm I m sorry but I don t have a picture However if you turn the extra shelves so that the unfinished portion is facing outward and the finished portion braced against the 1 5 that will do the trick Withe the extra shelves the desk will be very sturdy Chris says July 8 2012 at 4 33 pm I just made this desk but I see what you re saying about the front part of the desk Could you post a pic or let me know how you strengthened this specifically too petermarks says July 8 2012 at 8 36 pm Chris All I have done to strengthen secure the partially constructed front top of the desk is to attach it to the completely constructed back top via screwed on brackets like the ones in the photos Jonathan Cole says August 3 2011 at 5 32 pm I really love this idea but at a somewhat diminutive 5 6 I m trying to conceive a good strategy for building this with a few modifications I m thinking about leaving the second 5 1 Expedit on the back side but using no shelf for the monitor speakers which would leave the monitor at just about eye level for me The front counter is a bit of a bigger problem but I m considering just trimming the supports that are attached to the 2 2 Expedits about halfway with a circular saw to about 40 total height A little bit of work but I think it may be sufficient albeit slightly less elegant Any ideas Reply petermarks says August 3 2011 at 5 39 pm The ikea employee who helped me with this project strongly recommended against sawing the expedite boards since these cardboard filled boards lose their structural integrity when you do that That s pretty important if you put body weight on the front part of the desk like I do You could support the front 5 1 expedite board or another board with these capita legs instead http www ikea com us en catalog products 00054564 20049538 Reply Rick says August 6 2011 at 1 11 pm After many trips across town to many furniture stores trying to find something similar I ve finally arrived at the conclusion that your IKEA hack is the coolest thing ever My wife really likes the idea as well So we re now in the process of planning a great IKEA trip Thanks for the inspiration Reply petermarks says August 6 2011 at 3 07 pm Nice Let me know how it goes Reply kellyheld says August 6 2011 at 6 48 pm love it I have just finished the build without the lack shelf Did you do any additional bracing Do you have any more pictures I am interested in how to attach the lack shelf using the updated Ikea legs This is exactly what I needed as I have been in pain sitting at my desk for the last 6 months Fantastic idea Perfect fit as it lands right at 48 Thanks for sharing Kelly Reply petermarks says August 7 2011 at 1 33 pm Hi Kelly I did some additional bracing under the desk I never ended up putting on the ikea legs still using my cut up boards Unfortunately I don t have any more pics handy but feel free to hit me up with any other questions Reply Kelly says August 8 2011 at 8 32 am Thanks Peter I braced where it needed it Solid as a rock now I am thrilled Thanks for sharing your idea Kelly Reply Rick says August 11 2011 at 7 11 pm So I did it I built the thing It s a bit higher than anticipated but I might actually prefer it I m 6 1 If you want to see a pic here ya go http campl us dyE5 Thanks again Peter for posting this rad setup Reply petermarks says August 12 2011 at 8 15 am Nice Looks like a great setup Reply Pingback Standing Desk The Mac Instructor Matt Bradley says August 26 2011 at 10 45 am super cool nice work ping me when you have a chance always looking for good rails and iOS peeps Reply Pingback How can I rase up this Ikea desk for standing Quora Jared says November 23 2011 at 10 21 am You know IKEA sells a standing desk right http www ikea com us en catalog products 60111123 I ve been using this for a few months and it works great They also have a narrower version http www ikea com us en catalog products 00115992 Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 10 35 am I don t think they had these this spring when I built this one I m considering getting one of these for work though Glad to hear it s working for you Reply OW says January 16 2012 at 9 49 pm Doesn t the Fredrik desktop cap out at 39 though Reply petermarks says January 16 2012 at 10 43 pm I actually have a Fredrik at work now this desk is at home There are notches on the Fredrik above 39 but I m not sure if you re supposed to mount the desk that high Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Tech Dreams Test Jesús R Robles Robles says November 23 2011 at 11 16 am Excellent setup may I ask which kind of speakers are you using Reply petermarks says November 23 2011 at 11 19 am Thanks Those are 8 year old Event speakers I don t know the model number off hand They ve been great but are showing their age now I ve been shopping for new ones Reply Pingback The Spaceship 2 0 PeterMarks info Jomalo Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 42 am Such a small world I came to this page to view the desk you made Very cool by the way It was funny to see the Event TR5 speakers on the desk I was the production manager at Event Electronics the manufacturer if the TR5 speakers I now work for Equator Audio www equatoraudio com manufacturer of the 5 25 D5 speakers 299 99 pr Reply Martin Bradley says November 23 2011 at 11 59 am Actually Those are the TR6 The 6 25 model on your desk Reply Pingback The Reconstructed Bookcase Workspace Lifehacker Australia Kelly says November 23 2011 at 1 29 pm Been thinking of getting a new desk some time by looking at yours I gotten some idea to build my own Reply ispellcaster says November 25 2011 at 2 34 am Great idea That desk looks really awesome I almost feel sad that my current desk is still good enough Reply shateredsoul says November 27 2011 at 2 20 am Hi I really like the desk but I have one questions Why did you need the extra lack shelf It looks like one of those 5 1 expedit wood pieces wasn t used in your build That could have been used for that extra piece under the monitor no The way I m seeing it the 2 2 expedits are the base right Then the bookshelves are on their side except the one nearest to you is only the top bottom and one side sort of like this I guess I I so it s missing the shelves and one side Just making sure I m visualizing this correctly as I might be interested in trying this one out Reply petermarks says November 30 2011 at 10 12 am Regarding the extra lack shelf I didn t want the shelf to be as deep as an expedit piece The lack shelf is about 10 deep while the expedite piece is about 17 You ve got the rest of the setup straight Reply atxjules says April 30 2012 at 1 28 pm I absolutely love this I work from home and have been looking for something like this I have next week off and fully intend to do this Thank you so so so much for posting all the details Reply atxjules says May 8 2012 at 12 06 pm Just wondering maybe I m missing something but couldn t you have used the straight edge of the 5 1 frame that you didn t end up using as the top shelf instead of the separate Lack shelf Also if you put it together with each of the shelves that it came with and then set that on top of the whole thing it would not have needed risers at all It appears it would have looked like this http www ikea com us en catalog products 40163778 20163779 and then you could have set that down as the top piece Or would that have made the top shelf too high for you Sorry if I m missing something I m trying to make a shopping list for Ikea so that I can do this Reply dmapps says July 27 2012 at 6 08 pm Thank you for posting I am thinking of replicating with a few minor changes and have a couple questions If you left one or two of the shelf pieces out of the EXPEDIT shelving unit the 5 1 do you think there would be enough stability I was thinking of putting my docking station below the main deck of the desk Do you think this is sturdy enough to use a monitor arm e g http amzn to PJCjXA instead of the Lack shelf Thanks again Reply petermarks says July 28 2012 at 10 20 am I think the rear 5 1 would be decently stable with only the two shelf pieces instead of

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