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Published on May 16th, 2014 | by Sharon


EXPEDIT Standing Desk under $200


Materials: 1 LINNMON table top (78 3/4″ x 23 5/8″), 2 EXPEDIT shelving units (31″x31″), 8 CAPITA legs (6″)

I looked around at many EXPEDIT standing-desk hacks but wasn’t satisfied with most of the arrangements. I wanted a place to store a stool under the desk, but since I live in a small space and every square-inch matters, I didn’t want too much dead space beneath the table top. Moreover, I can always use more space for books in my house, so incorporating some of that was a priority too.

Side Board Brackets

After much humming and hawing and measuring, I settled on the set-up I have now. The base is comprised of two 31″ EXPEDIT cubes propped up with CAPITA legs and topped with a LINNMON table top. Once I measured how far apart the shelves needed to be for the sake of the desktop, secured them together with a 1×3 board, which I screwed into to their backs. I then attached the desktop to this board with small L-brackets. The EXPEDIT cubes left just enough room in between (15″) for an adjustable stool I found at a local store, and the 6″ CAPITA legs provided the correct added height for me – I’m about 5’6″ and the desk is 39″ high. The legs are also adjustable to accommodate uneven floors. Although the EXPEDIT shelves aren’t as deep as the desktop, this worked well for me, since there’s a heater behind my desk: I don’t want my books to melt!

I’ve been using my desk for a number of months now and am very happy with it. I have lots of desktop space for my scanner, books, papers, or whatever I need to write. The only thing I haven’t quite finished is the height extension for my iMac. Right now, I’m using a wooden plinth but I neither like the look nor size of it. I’ll find the right thing eventually!

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12 Responses to EXPEDIT Standing Desk under $200

  1. boris4532 says:

    Where did you get that stool?

  2. mdecapua says:

    This is such a great design! Thank you! I built one as well:

  3. Kinsey says:

    Want to copy – but trying to figure out where to put our HUGE desktop my husband built – would probably fit underneath where the stool is.

  4. Kinsey says:

    Chris – which tabletop did you use – as the black brown doesn’t come in this long size – at least not on the website.

  5. Chris says:

    I just copied this and built it today. I went with the dark espresso and the Kallax units. I have to say thanks!! This is a better setup i have seen in any store for many $100 more. Very proud of my desk.

  6. Phillip says:

    sorry if you already answered this, but where did you get the stool?

  7. Emma says:

    ooh a great stand for your iMac would be 2 squares of white wood with 4 capita legs, one for each corner (or side, for a different look)

  8. gl0dny says:

    In Poland that shelving unit is selling as KALLAX. Drawers are sold as optional equipment with one or two insertion boxes.

  9. Mariam says:

    Great job. I would love to know how did you make the drawers?

  10. Jennifer says:

    Perfection! How did you do the drawers?

  11. Scott says:

    Maybe you could search/look out for for some scrap aluminium sheet that when bent into a u shape could slid infront of the wood block to match the metal stand of the iMac?

  12. Dan Scharfman says:

    Excellent – clean and simple and easily modified.

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