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.
DIY Treadmill Desk Guide
WorkWhileWalking has been the #1 resource for DIY treadmill desk enthusiasts for almost as long as the concept has been around. We’ve helped thousands of users customize their own treadmill desk workstations, and we’re here to help you, too. The articles collected here feature our best advice on the subject—but the expertise doesn’t stop there. If you’re still looking for guidance after reading through our DIY guides don’t hesitate to ping us on LiveChat (or call us) to talk to a DIY pro!
In these articles we offer up all 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. As DIYers ourselves we can certainly appreciate the desire to “just get something going” without doing a lot of research and planning first, but trust us, when it comes to building your own treadmill desk, a little bit of advance planning will go a long way towards making it a successful experience.
Of course if you decide to go the conventional route and buy a commercially-produced treadmill desk, be sure to check our all our reviews, starting with the comprehensive Integrated Treadmill Desk Reviews. Or, if you already have a good, stable, height-adjustable desk, check out our comprehensive Standalone Office Treadmill Base Reviews to complete your system. And if you’ve already got the base but need a good desk that’ll reach high enough, and be stable enough for using in a walking desk workstation setup, check our our comprehensive Standing Desk Reviews.
Need some more inspiration on building your ideal treadmill desk setup? Check out the DIY examples on our Pinterest board where dozens of bloggers have put up pictures and descriptions of their own workstations.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
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 …