Wednesday, October 18

Floor Desk Series Intro

Welcome to floor desks! This is the third phase in our DIY desk building series and I'm so excited about these! I'll tell you what, there are all kinds of desks out there and even quite a few standing desk, but when you start searching for a floor desk? The pickings are pretty slim. Believe it or not, the benefits of a floor desk can actually be pretty similar to those of a standing desk. It's great to get your legs and hips out of their usual position and moving around! If you're interested in reading more about this and other ways to get more movement in your workday, check out the book Don't Just Sit There. And read anything else by Katy Bowman:

And when you're ready to give a floor desk a try, this is a great place to get started! Here are a few tips for building and using your floor desk:
  •  Make it the right height. The floor desks in this series are all drawn with a knee-space 12" high. You need space for your knees without putting your keyboard too high. If you're particularly tall or short, you may want to do some measuring to get a good fit. Sit down a measure from the floor to your elbows to get a good idea of your keyboard height, but also measure to the top of your knees to make sure your legs will fit! If you plan to sit on a cushion or bosu, sit on it while you measure.
  • Keep it safe for the kids. The low height of these desk makes them very accessible to children! So think carefully about everything you will put in an on the desk to avoid sharp objects, choking hazards, and anything you don't want broken. 
  • Ease into it. Not used to a floor work station? Don't ditch your standard desk just yet. You might need to go back and forth for a while while you adjust.
  • Don't just sit down there. Just like standing still or sitting in a chair all day, sitting still on the ground all day isn't going to be that beneficial for you either. Use this chance to move your legs, stretch your calves, and change position often.  
Here are the quick links to all the floor desks we'll be building, followed by tips for modifying a few other plans in the series to standing-height (don't forget to check out the rest of the desk building series):

Floor Desk Plans

These links will start going up tomorrow, but for today we'll be looking at all the other desks in this series that can easily be altered to create a standing desk, plus one other super easy floor desk idea.

Adapt by Shortening the Legs:

Adapt by Mounting Lower on the Wall:

And One More...
Just for a minute let's talk about Katy Bowman's floor desk up at the beginning of this post. Because it's beautiful and easy and I love it. A vintage coffee table (or a vintage table with the legs cut down to height) also makes a perfect, one-of-a-kind floor desk!

Happy Building! (And don't forget to check out the rest of the series!)

Tuesday, October 17

DIY Desk Series #15 - Chunky Standing Desk

Today's desk is one of the easiest plans in the entire series! It's simple, chunky frame design fits seamlessly into your living space without making it feel like an office.

P.S. Check out the rest of our free DIY Desk Plan Series here!

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This desk can easily do double-duty as a console table, so it's a great way to squeeze a work space into your living or dining room.
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Got kids with homework? This is a perfect station to tackle those math books without cluttering the table or countertop.

Need workspace for more than one? You can easily extend the desk to fit multiple people (or make a full wall-length console!).

Shopping List:
3  -  4x4  @  8'
1  sheet  3/4" plywood
Kreg Jig
2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1 1/4" wood screws

Monday, October 16

DIY Desk Series #14 - Standing Desk w/ Side Shelves

Today's desk has lots of built-in storage. There is space to tuck your laptop, plus plenty of shelves down the sides for stashing your favorite books or showing off your favorite office decor.

P.S. Check out the rest of our free DIY Desk Plan Series here!
And the rest of the standing-height desk plans here!

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It's a great way to add simple, clean lines to you workspace without sacrificing storage.

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The shelves run down the front and side of the leg, and we'll have an option to do a shelf for both legs OR keep the shelf on one side with a simple leg on the other to make the desk feel much lighter.

Shopping List:
1.5  sheets  3/4" plywood (2.5 sheets if you're doing shelves on both sides)
1  -  2x2  @ 6'  (only if you are doing legs)
1  -  2x2  @  8'  (only if you are doing legs)
Kreg Jig
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1 1/4" wood screws
2" wood screws
finishing nails (optional)
wood glue
wood filler
sandpaper and finishing supplies

Dimensions: 48" wide x 41 3/4" high x 24 3/4" deep

 Measure twice, cut once (seriously, though). Use glue in every step (be careful to clean up any drip, because they will mess up your finish at the end!). Read through all the instructions before you begin. Use 1 1/4" screws unless otherwise indicated. Pre-drill and countersink all your screws. Be safe, have fun, and let me know if you have any questions! Please note I have not built from these plans myself (you might be the first!), so double check everything as you go.

Sunday, October 15

DIY Desk Series #13 - Standing Desk Conversion Platform

Already have a desk you love? Still want to add some standing work time to your day? This is the build for you! Today we're looking at a little add-on desk that can sit right on your existing desk to raise the height of your computer. We'll build two versions - one for a laptop and one for a desktop computer.

P.S. Check out the rest of our free DIY Desk Plan Series here!
And the rest of the standing-height desk plans here!

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This was inspired by a few units I've seen for sale that sit on a standard desk, but most of them look pretty complicated (see that ladder-maze in the inspiration photo?) so we're working on something that will give the same benefit but with a simpler design. Most of these desk add-ons I've seen retail for $100-200, so you can feel good about all the money you're about to save, too!

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The first version is just a simple platform for a laptop. Angled front legs give it a little style and added stability.

Have a desktop computer? We'll add a second platform on top to hold the monitor closer to eye level, while keeping your keyboard close to elbow-height.