DIY Standing Desk and Treadmill Desk Guide
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When shopping for standing desks online you’ll discover that each seller has their own curated selection of desk tops that they offer to go along with their standing desk bases. But unless you were an office furniture salesperson in a previous life, many of these terms may be alien to you.
We asked our staff experts who’ve been lab testing standing desks for many years to create this guide, to help you wade through all the terminology and explain how each desk top type is manufactured, its pros and cons, and the price range you should expect to see for it.
Walking Treadmills vs. Running Treadmills
The first mistake most DIYers make is buying the cheapest treadmill they can find on Craigslist, or using an old one they already own. Like dining out in New York City, the price of the product is not necessarily an accurate reflection of its quality.
Many very fancy, feature-rich treadmills would make a terrible choice for a treadmill desk. The reason is that running treadmills are designed for short-duration, high speed use, and their drivetrain is geared specifically for that kind of use pattern. They have insufficient torque for slow walking speeds and are susceptible to damage if used this way. A true office [...]
After choosing the treadmill base, selecting the right desk is the next most important decision you’ll need to make in configuring your treadmill desk workstation. The first question is will you need an adjustable-height desk or will a fixed-height desk do the job? In other words will you be the only user or will this treadmill desk be shared by two or more people (not counting identical twins)?
If you are to be the only person using your treadmill desk and you only plan to use it for walking – that is, you already have a sitting desk you plan to keep and are willing to move your stuff back and forth every time you switch from [...]
See our Standalone Desk product reviews section for all the information you’ll need to select the best desk for your workstation. Things you’ll want to pay particular attention to include:Stability. Most desks being promoted for use with treadmills are engineered to resist shaking too much when your swaying body makes contact with the desk. There are some desks, however, which have inherently poor lateral stability (e.g. the TrekDesk) so be sure to read through the reviews before plunking down cash. Fit. Obviously the desk will need to fit in the space you have available, but you’ll also want to note where the desks legs meet the floor and make sure the treadmill [...]
Standing desks have are replacing fixed-height desks in offices across the globe as the dangers of sitting disease have become more apparent. However, the vast majority of standing desks have crossbars underneath the tabletop to improve stability. This has the unintended consequence of making it difficult to install a large percentage of keyboard trays, most of which were designed long before the advent of sit-to-stand desks.
Most keyboard trays have a track (sometimes called a “rail” or a “base frame”) which attaches to the underside of your desk, allowing you to slide the entire tray under the desk when not in use. And most of these tracks don’t [...]
Relax, a swarm of snakes has not spontaneously decided to attack your desk. Nor has a forest of exceptionally flexible bamboo sprung up around its legs – no, fellow deskers, what you’re seeing is a workstation in dire need of some cable management.
Keeping your spaghetti straight is important no matter how you’re working. Carefully organizing cables helps keep track of what powers what, makes the office a safer place, and keeps your workstation neat and efficiently arranged. Besides, it just looks nice – well kept cables are pretty enough to have inspired a borderline-fetishist group of cable control enthusiasts (welcome to the internet).
And that’s only for a [...]