Published on September 22nd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Sitting + Standing Desk Combo

Materials: 2x Lack Wall Shelf (191cm), 2x Expedit Shelving Units (2×2) , 1x Expedit Desk, 6x Lack Shelf (26cm)

My wife and I just moved into our new home and decided to convert our upstairs hall area into a study for both of us. She wanted a regular sitting desk, while I was stubbornly adamant to have my own standing desk. I’m 6′ feet tall so I couldn’t use a previously mentioned Expedit standing desk because I wasn’t tall enough for that one.

First I started by assembling a 2×2 Expedit Shelving unit as normal. And then with 2 metal brackets I bought from the hardware store screwed an Expedit desk to the top of the shelving unit. (note: the brackets supplied with the desk will only fit a 2×4 or 4×4 Lack shelving unit, to fit a 2×2 unit you’ll need to buy a separate bracket and do-it-yourself).

Next I screwed on a Lack shelf (26cm) onto the top of the Shelving unit. This acts as the base for the Lack shelf (121cm) to become my standing desk.

Finally I assembled a second Expedit shelving unit with a Lack shelf (26cm) base and connected the two via a 121 cm Lack shelf. This acted as the standing desk.

One lack shelf was not sufficient so I repeated steps 2and 3 again for a second 121cm Lack shelf. A single lack shelf doesn’t have enough depth to be a desk.

Then to top of it a of a few accessories for the Expedit Shelving units and a couple of lamps give the shelf a nice feel to it.

See more of the Lack + Expedit standing desk.

~ Keith Rozario, Malaysia

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11 Responses to Sitting + Standing Desk Combo

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good work. I would improve the design a bit by eliminating the visible L-brackets. Just drill a couple of holes on the top of the two base shelves, and another couple under each “leg” of the high desk. Make sure they are aligned. The diameter of the hole should be just under the diameter of the ubiquitous Ikea wooden dowel. The depth should be 1/2 the length of the dowel. Then insert the wooden dowels in the holes and attach the high desk to the base shelves over the dowels. Use a dab of glue on the dowels if this is a permanent installation.

  2. Arto says:

    The height of the 2×2 expedit is 79 centimeters and the height of the desk is 76 cm. So is your desk just tilted (by looking at the picture it seems that it is) or did you put something under the desk to make them equal at height?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is the expedit desk and the 2×2 by itself, when attached, pretty sturdy? I want to make a desk like this, and want to know if its sturdy enough to do work on and possibly hold heavy books and a computer.

  4. Anonymous says:

    exactly what I was looking for! thank you! building it soon!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Keith, you’re awesome! I built this combo desk this weekend and I love it! This is exactly what I needed. I didn’t want to commit to a standing or sitting desk, and now I get the best of both worlds. I also love how much space I have for my equipment. I’m 5’6″ and the standing desk fits me well ergonomically. Thank you so much for posting this!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I like it, but I think it would have been better with the standing desk to the right, so the lower desk is on the left and gets more light from the window.

  7. Keith says:

    Hey Justice,

    A standing desk is a great idea, but if you work from home (like I do), then standing 2 hours straight for a long meeting or a call is really hard on the legs…so you need a chair to sit down once in a while.

  8. Great way to improvise without sacrificing style. Good work!

  9. Justice says:

    Where did the chair for the sitting desk come from?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why do you need a chair for your standing desk?

  11. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome! Well made, sir.

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