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.
Treadmill Desk DIY
If you’ve already decided you’d rather buy a commercially-produced treadmill desk than try to build one yourself go ahead and skip to our Integrated Treadmill Desk Reviews section. If you’re more of a do-it-yourself (“DIY”) type willing to mix and match the best treadmill base with the best adjustable-height desk for your needs then we highly recommend you read this entire chapter before proceeding.
Need even more inspiration? Don’t forget to check out the DIY Examples on our Pinterest board where dozens of bloggers have put up pictures and descriptions of their own homemade treadmill desk workstations.
We’ll tell you what you need to know to build a really solid treadmill desk, but it might be a good idea to take a look at some examples of others’ first, just to see what not to do. Some will appear to be properly engineered, stable, ergonomically correct and decently aesthetic. Those are, to be candid, rare to find. More likely you’ll see contraptions built out of scrap lumber that are dangerously unstable with horrendously bad ergonomic settings, but are really, really cheap.
If you’ve looked at some examples on the web and you still can’t fight the urge to build your own, read on for valuable advice on the best methods of building a treadmill desk that will last a long time, be safe to operate, will look really good in your home or office, will improve typing accuracy, and probably cost you slightly less than a commercially-built unit.
We’ve helped thousands of users get their first treadmill desk—and for that matter, over a million site visitors have read our reviews and advice—so we tapped our staff experts for their favorite tips to new users for the optimal treadmill desking experience, and collected them all here.
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)?
We’ll tell you what you need to know to build a really solid treadmill desk, but it might be a good idea to take a look at some examples of others’ first, just to see what not to do. Some will appear to be properly engineered, stable, ergonomically correct and decently aesthetic.
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.
We've seen our share of ingeniously hacked out standing and treadmill desks, but for each of those we've also seen five or ten ramshackle ergonomic deathtraps. For the sake of safety and sanity, we usually recommend buying dedicated equipment to all but the handiest of deskers; however, if you're in the uncomfortable position of lacking disposable income and DIY chops, we've still got so…
Most desks being promoted for use with treadmills are engineered to resist shaking too much when your swaying body makes contact with the desk.
When it comes to real office treadmills like the iMovR ThermoTread GT Office Treadmill Review you'll find that peak torque performance is at the top design speed of the treadmill AND that the motors are very high-powered (3.0 HP is an appropriate size). The top speed of a real office treadmill will never exceed the maximum speed for NEAT heart rate, usually 2.0 or 2.5 mph. The bonus for …
At WorkWhileWalking we’re often asked how much electricity treadmill desks consume, and whether the fact that they consume a lot of energy makes them an environmentally unfriendly form of exercise. Like many things in life the answer is complicated. Let’s cut through the mythology and get down to the facts - they will probably surprise you! First let’s discuss how much electricity your …