DIY Seating / Standing Home office
Hi I thought I’d share my notes and thoughts on my new office configuration for anyone out there that is going through the same decision-making choices. I expected that a seating / standing desk would cost a lot more than it did, plus after using the desk for the last 3 weeks the improvements to my working position is great.
So let’s cover some History
Over the last 3 months I’ve suffered with chronic back pain after several visit’s to the chiropractor I gave in and decided that to help alleviate my back pain and stress I would do what ever was needed, especially as the advice was that it was my seating posture that was hindering the healing process.
After some careful consideration and research online I decide to re-design my office with the introduction of a seating / standing desk as I’ve been working from home for the past 2 years, this research quickly highlighted that a standing position could be achieved in several ways with a desktop height adjustment attachment or with a complete height adjusting table.
After several days pondering over my findings I came across what I thought would be the best solution for my home office configuration and would satisfy one of the key requirements which was to achieve my GOAL without spending too much money and also gaining approval from the WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor) or CFO.
So I went ahead and pulled the trigger on what i believed was the best option for my home office.
Step 1 – Current configuration
My current Home office was only installed 6 months ago therefore I wanted to keep as much of this configuration available in the new design, so with this in mind I sketched out what I thought would be the best option that I could achieve. This had an option for a hidden cable tidy and also would support my dual monitors.
Step 2 – Create the table top and the cable tidy
This was a simple task to achieve as I went for a simple solution that hid the cabling in a closed box section that could easily be accessed from the top.
This was achieved with the purchase of 4 x Conti board panels where these were screwed together to create a U shape, with the top being loose for access to all the cables
- Firsts take one panel and cut 25mm off the full length of one of the board (this will be used for the base so that the lid protrudes the box section as a lid for easy access. (Top Access)
- Screw the panels together to create the U shape and add some wooden supports that help keep the shape intact
- Find the center position of the desk and mark out where the monitor stand is to be located
- Cut out any access so the monitor stand does not protrude and stop the box section from being connected
- Connect the monitor stand and tighten
- The next step is to offer the box section up to the desk and mark out a suitable height for the box section to stand higher than the desk, Mark the underside of the box section where it will connect to the Deck
- Measure to the center of the desk so screws can be used to connect the box section to the desk
- The next step is to make access holes into the wall side of the box section to allow screws to be used to secure the box section to the desk, I used 20 mm drill bit to achieve this however you could use smaller holes as they only need to allow a screw driver access to connect the box section to the desk.
Step 3 – Fix the desk top into position
Next I offered the desk to the space I had and connected the desk to the walls with 2 wooden batons, these batons are only used as a temporary measure and are placed high enough so that the table legs can be placed under where they are fixed to the wall.
Step 5 – Build the Adjustable legs
This step was a lot simpler than I expected based on some of the reviews on the product I selected
- Unbox the height adjusting legs
- Confirm that all the parts are available
- Connect the legs together following the instructions (very Simple)
Step 6 – Check for anything that could hinder the operation
In my office I have a window sill that protrudes too far into the room, so I had to consider my available option, which I decided was to cut a section of the sill away so that my desk was using the full space available (wall to wall) without any gaps. I don’t like picking up pens and USB keys off the floor every time I move a piece of paper.
This section was cut away with a multi tool, Sanded and painted with MDF primer before a final coat of paint to match the wall colour.
Step 7 – Connect the legs to the Table top
- The Table legs were then placed below the Desk top that was connected to the wall allowing the removal of the temporary wall fixings
- This now gave me my final problem which was having the table legs in the middle of the desk where the weight was evenly distributed to allow for a smooth upward motion, to achieve this I had to cut out a section of the box section from the underneath.
- Connect the Table legs to the desk top, check that nothing is hindering the movement
- Connect the legs motors and the control panel together as per the instructions provided
- Connect the power to the electronic motor
Step 8 – Test the motion
- Test the motion and set the 4 presets based on your height
Step 9 – Complete the rest of the office configuration
- Add the monitors to the monitor stands
- Add the docking station and any other peripherals in my case this is my speakers, Desk Mic and Printer
- Test the movement again with the added weight
- Install the light strips to the back of the monitors
- Fit the White board to the wall
- Make sure that all the cabling is hidden and cable tidy’s are used to reduce visibility
Below is an demo ……
Below is a full list of the kit list that I used to achieve my height adjusting office desk configuration, I hope this helps others on their journey to reduce their back pain and help improve their working lifestyle