Awesome Ikea Hack of the Week: Ditch aches and pains with a cheap standing desk

Some say that sitting for long periods, day in and day out, leads to cancer and cardiovascular problems. Try telling that to your profs or your boss.

The solution is a standing desk, but we all know that they’re still in the trendy phase, and run us over $1,000 – and that’s on the cheap end.

So here’s how to make your own for your Toronto apartment, so you can have better health! Check out the original blog, which outlines the perfect height for your custom standing desk.


1. The parts. You’ll need:

2. Do it.

Build and place the Lack side table on top of your existing desk. You may want to screw it into place so it’s secure. Place your monitor on top of the side table, and adjust the height using a book so that it’s perfect.

Next, attach the keyboard tray. Measure and mark where it will rest on the legs of the Lack side table, then install the brackets in the perfect location. You could use a stack of paper to get the brackets to sit in the right position before attaching them. Consider using twist ties to hold the brackets in place while you adjust the height. Then place the shelf on the brackets.

Source: Colin Nederkoorn

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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