Stand Up Desk 1.0

In the office, we’ve been playing around with stand up furniture for the past year or so.  We’ve used the Ergotron Workfit-A with some success but found it to be to unstable and a lot of “bounce” while typing.  We’ve tested a few other arms with similar results and realized if we were to going to stand up, we’d need a desk.  Ergotron makes a fantastic adjustable desk, but at $600 to start, we figured we could build a pilot desk for cheaper.

I present to you Stand Up Desk Version 1.0.


After heading down to Home Depot and the required amount of Amazon shopping heres the info.  Its built using a 4′ by 8′ sheet of 3/4″ MDF board.  This was ripped down to a piece that is 32″ by 66″ long.  We ripped a second piece out of the single sheet to 17″ by 48″ to be used as underdesk storage and also a foot rest.  With the top installed, we coated it with 3 coats of Rust Oleum whiteboard paint which works awesome.  I highly recommend applying this stuff to everything around the office!  When applying it, we followed the cure time instructions between coats but it took about 48 hours to completely dry. In regards to height, right now the height is at 38″ but we still need to add adjustable feet, and an electrical outlet. The legs actually support a single gang 120 v outlet so we’ll feed that off of an installed power strip on the desk.  Overall the parts list (excluding the monitor arm) is at $180 and took about 6 hours to build with painting time.

Parts List:

  1. 4′ x 8′ by 3/4″ MDF Board – Home Depot
  2. Adjustable Desk Legs (From Amazon).
  3. Rust Oleum Whiteboard paint from Home Depot
  4. Ergotron Monitor Arm (This was already on hand but can be purchased on Amazon)
  5. Anti-fatigue Mat for Standing (Amazon)