Design #2: Build a Freestanding DeskThe idea is to build a separate frame that is not connected to the treadmill. Rather, you place the structure over or next to the treadmill.

-Your desk will be stable even if your treadmill isn’t
-If designed properly, the structure is easily moved away from the treadmill. This would enable you, your spouse or children to utilize the treadmill for “after work” activities like running.

-Lots of woodworking or other construction

7 thoughts on “Build a Freestanding Desk

  • June 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    What a great idea (walking across the country) – pick up the pace through Jersey though.

  • July 28, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    This was inspiring! We built one for our treadmill within a day of seeing this slideshow, and love it!

    Thank you for the idea.

  • October 28, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    I have been putting off building of desk since I saw this a while back. I got the treadmill back in 2000 for conference calls, but now I came up with an easier solution for a freestanding desk.

    The wire shelving found at Lowe’s, or metro! These are just a few resources, but I had the popular 54″ hi 14×36 with an extra 36″ hanger rail so I set it up at the back of the treadmill with one shelf cantilevered over the controls. Of course I am tall so it works for a keyboard at perfect ergonomic height. The laptop or monitor can be on the back top shelf. I am ordering additional parts to improve the configuration. There are key board trays and different size shelving and post heights available to offer lots of options. This is much better then dealing with building from scratch.

    Now if one of these shelving companies would just make a kit just for this purpose it would be too easy not to jump on the treadmill. As a facilities designer I wonder if the prototype shown will be at Herman Miller or Steelcase option for corporate one day. I always thought the adjustable height desktops made sense, but the cost was prohibitive for most companies.

  • January 14, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    As a treadmill repair tech, I’d definitely recommend the freestanding version for laptops, considering the inherent vibration of the treadmill and the onboard hard drive (roughly equivalent to putting a record player on your treadmill while you walk or run on it and expecting no problems to ensue…)

    I’m going to build one of these for myself (the fat repair guy cliche is in no danger of being shattered by me) and then offering same as a part of my business.

    I’ve seen way too many treadmills being used as clothes racks, and had already considered this option. Thanks for the info and development notes!

    Los Angeles and outlying areas

  • April 27, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Just built my own yesterday, you can see pictures of it here!

  • July 1, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I heard about the walking desks a while back and decided to build one. Your site was my primary resource, and it gave me lots of tips and ideas. I’ve been using my desk for over a year now.

    I built a large freestanding desk, and have posted pictures and my hand drawn plans on my website if anyone is interested:

    Thanks for all the great ideas and links!

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