Ekby Jarpen

Published on August 8th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Simple and Reversible Standing Desk

Materials: Vika Amon Table Top, Vika Byske Legs, Ekby Jarpen Shelf, Ekby Tore Brackets

Description: After reading all those articles about how sitting is killing you, I decided to try a standing desk! The nice thing about this one is it is reversible – the legs are adjustable, meaning that if I ever were to change my mind about standing at my computer all day, I have the option of lowering the whole desk back down to a seated level.

Here’s how we did it:

We got the Vika Amon Table Top for $19.99.

Then screwed on 4 Vika Byske Legs for $30 each (total $120). These legs are the tallest ones we could find at IKEA, and they’re adjustable up to about 42″. Online they say you shouldn’t use these legs unless you’re going to mount your table top to the wall. We didn’t mount my desk because we didn’t want it to be permanently fixed in one spot. The legs are a bit wobbly (I can understand IKEA’s warning), but since I have it propped up against a wall, I don’t feel a whole lot of shakiness.

Then we attached an Ekby Jarpen Shelf, which was $9.99, using two Ekby Tore Brackets, $5.00 each for a total of $10. I needed my monitors to be up higher (at eye level), and this shelf does the trick. It also keeps more of the desktop area free, which is nice.

And that’s it! Pretty simple. Total cost for this desk was about $160. That seems kind of high, but considering the last desk I bought was about $120, this one is comparable. (On a positive note, I was able to sell my old desk on Craigslist to help offset the cost of this new one!)

See more of the reversible standing desk.

~ Leiah

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Jules Yap

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14 Responses to Simple and Reversible Standing Desk

  1. Natalie Grigson says:

    Whether it’s a hack or not– isn’t it annoying to have to rearrange the whole thing anytime you want to take a seat? Unless I’m seriously missing something, you’re stuck either standing or moving somewhere else (and moving all of your stuff) to sit down.
    Have you given any thought to an adjustable height desk? I know there are some that are bulky and cumbersome with cranks and whatnot, but I use a NextDesk and LOVE this thing– it is electronic so I just push a button and it moves from sitting to standing and anywhere in between. It might be a good idea rather than having to choose between the two all the time.
    PS- it looks like your monitor still might be a bit below eye level– do you have to crane your neck to look at it? Seriously– consider an adjustable height desk! It will SAVE your posture! (If you want to see what I’m talking about, just check out their site- http://www.nextdesks.com/)

    • Sister Morphine says:

      Your know, the amount of Next Desk spam that appears in these comments is seriously eroding any inclination I might have felt to purchase one of their products.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I was happy to know you can use the Byske legs with something other than the wall desk, even if it isn’t totally sturdy. I’m off to IKEA. I’m planning to do the same for a treadmill desk, but with a homemade table top. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  3. Liz Tee says:

    I did the same thing, but I also attached one of the Summera pull-out keyboard shelves to the underside of the table top. Works great.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Whether its a true Hack or Not I am building one…there are an awful lot of haters on here…but that’s to be expected. I say great job!

  5. I am trying to understand how this is a Hack? You are using items for what they are intended for…. This is not a hack

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well I love it – I’ve been racking my brains to find a way to put a work station in my bedroom and hadn’t even thought of a standing desk. Hack or not thank you!

  7. OK it’s not a hack but it does show how to create a standing desk from standard IKEA stuff. The cables could be tidied pretty easily.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hmm, true it really isn’t a hack, but it is a nice example of the versatility of ikea products, albeit one that has been done before many times over :P .
    I would only say that considering the price for the legs alone you might be just as well-off using a VIKA curry leg (only $3.50 each!) and either hack the legs to make them longer or use bed heighteners.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Horrible cords

  10. arginine dosage says:

    That is the most appropriate table for MAC computers.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I agree, there is no hacking involved. You can see this kind of arrangement in your local IKEA shop.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m struggling to see how this is a ‘hack’? All those parts are meant to go together, no?

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