Stand-Up Desk (IKEA Hack)

A Stand-up Desk (Ikea hack)standup-desk

The utterly brilliant Kelli Anderson built this good looking (!) convertible stand-up IKEA hack desk with help from metalsmith-extraordinaire Dustin John and Daniel Dunnam. The minimalist convertible standing-sitting desk/storage unit is made from Ikea cabinets, a top from Lowe’s and a linear actuator.

This is the first standing desk I’ve seen that I would let enter my studio. Well done Kelli!

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  1. I don’t blame you one bit for being so picky—I have severe tennis elbow that has been much alleviated by my sit-stand GeekDesk, but I can’t deny that it’s an eyesore. I’m not a professional designer, but I still hate spending money on ugly things.

    This is a fantastic hack, and it provides some inspiration for how I might go about concealing the ugliness of my own desk’s undercarriage when I get creative enough. :)

  2. Tina, is my slap-dash Ikea hack not good enough for ya? I wrote a blog post about it recently:

  3. But yes, I think adjustable is the way to go. For my next desk, I will definitely go with adjustable either hand-crank of mechanized. Just need to get in good with some metalsmiths and find myself a proper shop somewhere in NYC.

  4. This is genius! I wish I could do something like this with my desk.

  5. Wow, thanks guys!

    Prescott, the only piece that you wouldn’t be able to DIY at home is that the raising/lowering cradle part. There are 2 lengths of pipe and some welding needed (in addition to the woodworking on the “drawer slide” routed tracks.) I’d email Dustin ( and see if he can help you out and/or point you to a similar small shop.

    Also- there may be a more pre-fabricated solution to this piece, but I was unable to find it. Hopefully someone can streamline and evolve the design to be 100% DIY. I’ll certainly update the post with any promising modifications/variations that come out of this.

  6. Wow. Nice looking solution. Really well done. Even if it’s not all DIY. I’d love to have a desk like this.

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