Published on January 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


$12 Monitor Stand

Materials: Capita Leg + Ekby Laiva

Ekby Laiva shelf: $1.99. (They were good size: 9 1/2 x 23 1/4″)

A set of Capita Leg for $10.

You can also go for various height using the different size of Capita leg.

Screw them together and I get this stand. Very simple, cheap and fast LCD stand to elevate the height of your LCD and allow you to put stuff below such as small CPU or other office item :)

This is similar to the Lillangen & Ekby Viktor stand but cheaper. The 4 legs are independent so you’re flexible on position for them

~ bao nguyen, nc, usa

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27 Responses to $12 Monitor Stand

  1. FrodoNL says:

    I made this today, using the higher version of the legs, but not for a monitor.

    I got a new, smaller, microwave earlier today, and with this stand, I can store various things below the microwave, so I lose a lot less space in my – small – kitchen. :)

    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks – this is just what I needed!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I made this today. Added 16 one mm metal washers to limit the depth the screws sink into the wood. Works great with heavy 24″ LCD and looks good.

  4. robseth says:

    Thought I’d share my variation of this:

    Instead of the shelves, I used two 2 Lack end tables to make freestanding equipment shelves on my counter where I’ve placed my home theater. Hope this inspires some folks!

  5. Dantų balinimas says:

    ha ha nice one :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I found a STUVA MALAD drawer front (23×12) in the as-is department and I think it works really well for a monitor stand. Just about the right size and the handle cut-out provides some cable management in the back:

  7. Hasteur says:

    After sitting around my apartment in a partially assembled mess for a couple months I finally got the drill to start the screw holes. Got the shelf and the 9 inch legs. Only problem is that it’s a little bit high for me. It means that I have to spend more time on the exercise ball.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I had to go to Occupational Therapy and one of the things we discussed was how I should properly sit in my chair at the computer and where the monitor should be. According to my Occupational Therapist, you should divided your monitor into thirds and mark the point of 2/3 on your monitor (Obviously not on the screen itself, a bit of tape on the frame works). When you are sitting in a good position at your computer, your eyes should naturally fall at a point on your monitor that is around the 2/3 mark. You can then adjust this slightly for your own comfort.

    My chair has to be up quite high for my knees, so for me to have my monitor at proper height it has to be 6 3/4 inches off my desk. So even if I get a standard riser I have to stack books under it to get proper height. Looks like the $12 legs would give me the perfect height. So thank you so much, I am so excited to build this and replace the dictionary and other books currently holding up my monitor.


  9. Anonymous says:

    I was at Ikea last week and saw something like this on display, but it was $30-70 and a little wider so I didn’t buy it. I didn’t even think about doing it myself.

    The next time I go I think I’ll get this to raise my secondary monitor which I mostly just use to play XBox and watch movies and I’ll save some space by being able to put my XBox under it.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! Just finished it and put it on my desk. =)

  11. pay attention to the screws length, I did this with the screws that came with the Capita legs and got little bumps on the upper side of the Ekby Laiva, probably the screws could vary slightly in different lots.

  12. Anonymous says:

    That’s no real hack, since I’ve seen this for years in several IKEA stores and did it already 3 years ago for my desk…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Not a good idea to raise the display, unless you are VERY tall.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Any suggestions for a leg where the top is glass?

  15. Anonymous says:
    I bought this to raise an older 15″ monitor off the desktop…
    And used the drawer mat to make sure it doesn’t slide. I’m going on a year now with no issues.

  16. Sandra Sasal says:

    Handsome, to be sure, but your monitor is supposed to be below eye level. :(

  17. Anonymous says:

    Very nice!

  18. bao nguyen says:

    I’m used to the Dell ultrasharp series where monitor are at eye level. When I bought this screen it was too low for me. This monitor used to sit on 3 high school year book (130 monitor stand :D ) and now it’s elevator like this. It’s not high at least for me with my chair height hehe.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous – It’s typically recommended that monitors be placed *at* eye level – not below. Can you please cite your sources?

  20. Steven says:

    I made this over a year ago with a door panel from the As Is section (flipped it over) and these legs and it works great. I urge everyone to make something like this, your neck and shoulders will thank you.

  21. Steven says:

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  22. MrReRe says:

    Nice hack. May try this myself. According to all-knowing Google and contrary to what Anonymous says above, the proper height for your monitor should be so that your direct line of sight falls about 2-3″ below the top of your screen… so this looks like a good fit for my current setup. Thanks!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Unless you have a really low desk, or you are very tall, I’m not sure what your neck and shoulders are supposed to be thanking you for. You really want the top of your monitor to be below eye level for optimal visual comfort and ergonomics – even lower if you wear bifocal glasses. I wouldn’t advise raising your screen any higher than absolutely necessary.

    It does look nice, and would be a useful little shelf for holding other stuff.

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