Expedit

Published on April 28th, 2011 | by Jules IKEAHacker

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Expedit standing desk





Materials: Expedite shelving units

Description:
Overview:

A large standing desk using Expedite shelving parts. At 48″ high, it’s high enough for a tall person to rest their elbows on. At 73″ width, it’s large enough to hold a bunch of gear AND eat meals on. At ~$250 in parts, it’s a great value for the size.

Ikea items:

2 x 2×2 Expedit shelving unit (801.352.98, $40 each)
2 x 5×1 Expedit shelving unit (201.162.74, $60 each)
1 x 73″x10″ Lack shelf (601.037.50 $30)

Hardware store items:

- 8 x metal braces
- 96″ 4×1.5″ board cut up for shelf supports (can substitute for Capital legs for class).


Instructions:

1) Lay both fully constructed 2×2 units across from each other.

2) Lay fully constructed 1×5 unit across back of top (one step ahead of construction photo 2)

3) Lay partially constructed 1×5 on front of top. This partially constructed shelf should only include three pieces: two short sides and one long side. This leaves enough space underneath to slide a high chair or bar stool underneath.

4) Bolt pieces together using braces and screws.

5) Attach lack shelf, supported by Capita brackets or cut up boards.

See more of the Expedit standing desk.

~ Peter Marks, Portland, OR

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30 Responses to Expedit standing desk

  1. Sing says:

    Wow, great construction here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thats beautiful. That lack shelf, is that the hallowed/cardboarded out shelf, or is it solid. If it’s not solid, you can pickup a solid smooth flat door from Home depot for $52, and where the door nob would go, you could run the wires through.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very nice job and brilliant idea, I think I am definitely going to steal/build this myself.

  4. Ulrike says:

    I like that a great deal.

  5. Anonymous says:

    MAGNIFIQUE !!!!!

  6. Harry.E says:

    WEll done, a perfect stand and workplace

  7. Anonymous says:

    the front part doesn’t seem very solid, I am talking about the part you describe at point 3.
    Sure not solid enough to risk 2000$ Dj/music gear on it!!!
    maybe ok for a laptop ;)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ordering parts this week!! Do you all see the space where my 88 key Korg keyboard is going to go….. Oh, and talk about the perfect height. I set up a test desk surface today and have been working from it. I’m pumped.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’m glad that the poster above and I are both thinking about how great this layout will be for MIDI keyboards!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Great desk. I made a few modifications on your original design.

    1. I bolted the desk together rather than using screws and a brace. Since the parts in this set are hollow it made more sense to me to bolt it together rather than use screws that may come out later.

    2. I took your suggestion and used the Capita legs which definitely classed up the look.

    3. I did use a brace, but I used it to bolt the two pieces that form the top of the desk together. That way the entire desk moves (or ideally, doesn’t move) as one piece. Plus by using bolts and a bolt/post system I can easily break the desk down when it’s time to move.

    4. I put to grommets in the desk to feed the wires through to the plugs. I used a 2 3/8 inch bore and then used some grommets I got from the hardware store.

    5. I think I’ll add some type of support structure under the front piece (the bookcase that’s only composed of three sides (described in the original post point #3). The reason being that when I lean on it I can see it sag in the middle and I’m not sure how stable it will remain. Of course I have the other long side that I didn’t use, so if I need to replace it at some point I can do so without spending more money.

    All in all it came out great. Thanks for the idea. I’d been looking for a standing desk, but couldn’t find anything nice under $600. I pulled this entire project together for around $300.

    • TylerS says:

      Did you ever figure out a way to stabilize the front piece? I love this desk in theory, but I’m afraid the particleboard unsupported for 73 inches wouldn’t stand up to my abuse. Anyone have any thoughts on how to strengthen it?

  11. Matte says:

    I took a cue from this idea and attempted to make it. Downside at 5’10…this was a tad bit tall for my taste. Instead I kept one side of the second 5×1 and taylored the back shelf to work as a nice turntable/utility shelf. This allowed me to turn this into both table tall enough to stand up and “play” music and sit down and “make” music. Here are some pics :)

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Bfz5P_8n1ds/Ti82Uob6sMI/AAAAAAAAAFc/_vZ47MUWZoU/s800/2011-07-26+17.47.35.jpg

  12. Forrest says:

    If I did my math correctly, this desk is 48.5 inches high and 72.875 inches wide. I love that it is so wide but it is too tall for me at 5’9. My optimal height (at my elbow) is around 43-45 inches. Anyone building this otherwise awesome desk should keep that in mind. In the meantime, this is my temporary setup. http://flic.kr/p/adDCVX As you can see, I need a permanent solution badly!

  13. My husband did a take on this! We even made it so you can use an exercise bike underneath it! I LOVE it! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Check it out here at my blog:
    http://bridgettenicole.blogspot.com/2011/12/double-tasking-desk.html

  14. Anonymous says:

    nice post

  15. Anonymous says:

    Regarding the too-tall aspect, what if instead of the front 5×1 expedit, you put a lack shelf on top of some capita legs? or a lack shelf across the whole thing, then 4 6″ capita legs, topped off with a second shelf? This would make a height of 39″ or 41″.

    I’m thinking of something like this myself, and but trying to figure out how to access/rethink the back 5×1 expedit.

  16. Anonymous says:

    its a bit high for a desk you almost need a bar stool to reach the computer

  17. I am wondering if this could be used as a treadmill desk?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I have compressed spinal disks and needed a standing desk solution. I made this desk this weekend and absolutely love it! I’m 6-1 and the working surface is a bit tall, but it makes me stand up straight and I haven’t had any back pain at all so mission accomplished.

    I made a few modifications to the design for my build.

    1. I didn’t do the top-most lack shelf and instead prefer a solid flat surface on top. My computer monitor stand extends upwards anyhow.

    2. I added an additional Expedit 2×2 bookshelf on the right side and then attached an Expedit Desk perpendicular to the standing desk.

    This allows me to work standing up or simply turn to the right and sit down with a colleague across from each other.

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.443778808985255.116022.100000594206568&type=3

    • Anonymous says:

      Sounds good. But you picture link isn’t working.
      I’d love to see what you’re talking about for the perpendicular sitting desk.

  19. vflytrap says:

    I made this! I love it! I’m 6″ tall and it’s PERFECT for a standing sewing/project space. Thanks so much – this is exactly what I needed :)

  20. JLewis says:

    For my version, I made it 2 inches shorter by removing the bottom piece of the 2×2.
    Also, I thought the desk was too big and deep. So I got rid of the second 1×5 and returned it to Ikea.
    It is also just the right height to use the 1×5 as a sitting desk for Macbook.

    Here are pics:
    http://instagram.com/p/PF6kbvoOJD/

    http://instagram.com/p/PF795LoOKf/

    • Blake says:

      I wonder if you could remove the middle support from the back bookshelf to have a wider area for when you are sitting…I think I like this idea better. My mind is going crazy seeing all these cool options…

  21. Anonymous says:

    This thing is absurdly large in person. The photo was taken from a really high angle that makes it look normal sized, but it is not!

  22. Great design, it is inspiring me to find a way to make it so it is 43″ high. Question… I am wondering if I could get away with leaving BOTH 5×1 partially constructed and screwing the long desktop section lower down, the side sections would poke up a few inches but my pencils will never roll off the sides :) Anyone who has build this think this would cause it to be too unstable?

  23. Excellent hack! I’ve made pretty much the same desk based on this one, but with some extra shelves at the side (that were previously on the wall) and with more of the front 5 * 1 unit for extra strength. My pictures and SketchUp models are on my .

  24. STEMist says:

    Instead of altering the table for height purposes, perhaps you could construct a standing platform that is acceptable for your height. What are we supposed to stand on that is better for us than the floor?

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