March 28, 2023

Steps to Creating A DIY Standing Desk

Steps to Creating A DIY Standing Desk

If you're looking to make your standing desk unique, building your own DIY electric adjustable height standing desk might be a great option for you. While MojoDesk has our 3D Desktop Builderand accessory bundles with a large selection of shapes, sizes, and colors, you still may want to add your own spin. 

With the help of a base from one company and choice of either making your own worksurface or buying a desktop from another, you can have a standing desk that fits your unique needs and preferences. In this blog post, we'll go over the steps you can follow to make your own DIY electric adjustable height standing desk.

Materials you'll need:

  • Electric standing desk base 
  • Desktop surface
  • Screws and bolts
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

Step 1: Choose Your Adjustable Height Base

The first step is to choose an electric standing desk base that suits your needs. There are many options available online, so make sure to choose one that has the features you want. Some popular features include adjustable height settings, programmable presets, and anti-collision technology. The height range is also important. A 3-stage stage frame is best for full range and stablity but if you are shorter, a 2-stage frame may work fine for you.  

Also, make sure to check the weight capacity of the base to ensure it can support the weight of your desktop surface in addition to your gear. One option, of course, is MojoDesk's 3-Stage Dual Motor Frame.




Step 2A: Measure and Cut Your Desktop Surface

Once you have your base, it's time to measure and cut your desktop surface. Most frames have an adjustable width range to handle surfaces as small as 48" to as large as 72."  You can use any material for your desktop, such as wood, MDF, butcher block, or even a countertop. Measure the dimensions of your base, then cut your desktop surface to match. Make sure to sand the edges of the desktop surface to smooth them out.

Step 2B: Choose A Pre-Made Surface 

An easier option is to find a desktop from a company that is already the perfect shape and size for your office. Besides just style, we recommend if choosing a laminate desktop that you make sure it is GreenGuard Gold certified, has an ergonomic beveled front edge for wrist comfort, a warranty for wear and tear, and a no-hassle return policy. Our Desktop Only Collectionchecks off all of those requirements.  

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Step 3: Attach the Base to the Desktop Surface

Next,  it's time to attach the base to the desktop surface. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to attach the base to the underside of the desktop surface. Use screws to secure the base to the desktop surface, and make sure it's centered properly. You may need to drill holes in your desktop surface to attach the base securely.

Step 4: Test the Desk

Once you've attached the base to the desktop surface, it's time to test your desk. Make sure the power cord is plugged in, then use the controls to raise and lower the desk. Test each height setting to make sure it's working properly. If the desk is wobbly or unstable, make sure the base is centered and securely attached to the desktop surface. Just getting that last 1/4 turn of the screws can help.  

Step 5: Customize Your Desk

The last step is to customize your desk to your liking. You can add accessories such as a monitor arm, or cable management system. Or add caster wheels for flexibility and extra height.  You can also paint or stain your desktop surface to match your decor.

In conclusion, building your own DIY electric adjustable height standing desk can be a fun and cost-effective way to get the standing desk you want.  

By following these steps and using a base from one company and your own desktop, you can create a custom standing desk that fits your unique needs and preferences. And MojoDesk offers Frame Only and Desktop Only options to make that happen.