The Complete Guide to Low-Cost DIY Standing Desks


Sitting too much is seriously bad for your health. Sitting all day has been linked to weight gain, an increased risk of diabetes, and heart disease – a major problem for office workers.

The solution is a standing desk. A standing desk is a desk that allows you to stand comfortably while working. Some are adjustable, so you can choose the ideal height and alternate between sitting and standing.

But standing desks present another problem: standing desks can be seriously bad for your wallet, especially in this work from home environment.

  • Put those cardboard boxes to use. The cheapest and easiest solution on our list is putting all of those Amazon boxes to good use. It’s effortless and easily adjustable but cardboard, as everyone knows, is not the most durable solution. The stability of this DIY standing desk is certainly questionable but you get what you pay for.
  • Put those books you never read to use. Books are having a moment during the COVID-19 pandemic – many are serving a starring role in the backdrop of your Zoom conferences as you try to show your colleagues that your house is more than Legos on the floor and laundry everywhere. If you can spare a few, prop your laptop up with those copies of Rich Dad, Poor Dad that you have totally meant to crack open.
  • Move around the house. Perhaps the best for your intellectual and emotional stimulation, consider moving around the house. This can be a daily switch or an hour-by-hour move – take your e-mails standing at the kitchen counter, video chat while sitting at the dining room table, then go stand at a dresser while you file invoices.

At the end of the day, if you’re going to be working from home for an extended period of time, we recommend investing in a more permanent solution like this platform that you can put on your existing desk or this adjustable height desk.