Diy adjustable height desk

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Diy adjustable height desk
Combining an adjustable table with a desk surface makes this project simple. (desk in the hotel room image by Nadezda Pyastolova from

Office workers are gravitating toward the idea of a standing desk to promote better posture and help burn more calories, but it is not always practical. An adjustable height desk, on the other hand, combines the best of both worlds, offering the benefits of a standing desk and sitting desk in one. Building a DIY adjustable height desk doesn't have to be difficult. By adding a surface to an existing adjustable table, you can create an adjustable height desk without having to build one from scratch.

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Things you need

  • Adjustable height table or work table
  • Wood surface
  • Wood screws
  • Drill
  • Table saw or hand saw
  • Power sander or sanding block
  • Large C clamps

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  1. 1

    Measure the table surface and decide how large to make your wood surface. It is best if the wood surface overlaps the edges of the existing table by at least four inches to hide the existing table.

  2. 2

    Cut your wood surface to the desired dimensions with a table saw or hand saw.

  3. 3

    Sand the edges and surfaces of the wood with either a power sander or sanding block to create smooth edges and a smooth surface.

  4. 4

    Place the wood surface on the existing table, measuring to ensure it is centred, and clamp it to the surface with C clamps to keep it from moving.

  5. 5

    Drill wood screws through the existing table and into the table surface at each corner. Make sure the screws are shorter than the combined thickness of the table and wood surface to ensure that they do not break the surface when screwed into place.

Tips and warnings

  • You may wish to add finish or paint to your desk surface for a more tailored look.
  • Always use caution with saws or power tools. Heed all safety warnings and use safety goggles to avoid injury.

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