Welcome to the DIY Walking desk resource page.
In late 2012, I found myself in a bad way; I was a work-from-home father of three teenagers, I had ballooned to being 35lb overweight, I almost never made it to the gym to work out (only a 5 minute walk from my house), and I suffered from chronic back spasms. It wasn’t until I committed to NOT going to work-out and to STOP dieting, that I was able to change my life. In the first 6-months of reinventing my lifestyle, I lost 30lb and walked 1,000 miles – just by changing “how” I did the things that made up my lifestyle.
This is an example of a commercial Walking Desk Solution in the $2,000-$2,500 range.
This is an example of a DIY Walking Desk, costing between $350-$450. There a pluses and minuses to this solution, but if you aren’t sure walking and working is for you, this is a great transitional solution to get you started.
WHAT YOU NEED
A Standing/Walking Desk
The first thing you need is a standing desk. I have found the least expensive and best solution (I’ve been using one since 2012) is an Ikea Fredrik Desk. These desks were discontinued and the only place you can (reliably) find them is on Craigslist. They range in price from $40-$120 which is way cheaper than buying a commercial standing desk.
Note: This is an example of a standard assembly of an Ikea Fredrik desk. To transform it into a standing desk, you will be given instruction below.
The best steps for sourcing an Ikea Fredrik desk are below.
Copy “Ikea Fredrik Desk” and paste it into the Craigslist search field. Press the return key and a search will be performed.
If there are no current listing of “Ikea Fredrik Desk” desks, you can try deleting the word “Desk” and press return for another search. If there are still no items (and even if there are) move on to the next step “Setup a “Saved” Search” to automate alerts letting you know as soon as a matching listing is posted.
Setup a "Saved" Search
To set up a “Saved” search you will need to establish a Craigslist account (free). This is easy and fast the setup. Once you have an account you can save any searches you make on Craigslist. Why? Because as soon as a listing for that item is uploaded you will be informed and can quickly snatch up your booty before anyone else can.
Now that you have followed the previous 2 steps, you can now go into your account and turn on automatic alerts for the “Ikea Fredrik Desk” (or anything else you are looking to snag.) Simply, click the alert status to on, and when an item matching your search is uploaded, you will be alerted via email.
A Waking Treadmill
Low End Solution
This low end treadmill has served me well and powered 64% of my walk around the Earth. It’s very affordable and small/light. There are some caveats;
1. The motor will eventually burn out. You need to keep it lubricated. I would get anywhere from 3k-4k miles before it would give up, (see SquareTrade warranty).
2. Because it is inexpensive, the motor will shut off to cool down every 40 mins or so. It only needs 5-10 mins to cool, so I usually stand on it and work until I start it up again.
3. To get it under your desk you will need to disassemble the controller and front rail pipes which will take you 15 mins and is very simple. You will also need a pipe cutting clamp (cheap and small) to trim the rails.
The Confidence Treadmill is an inexpensive starter treadmill. Over 6 years I ended up buying two of them and having my SquareTrade insurance replace one of them. I am now using the Lifespan TR1200-DT3 (a high end waking treadmill) and I am kicking myself for not making the purchase earlier!
Don’t make the same mistake I made. If you realize that walking and working is for you, then the investment in a Lifespan treadmill is worth every penny.
In the meantime, for very little money you can get a SquareTrade insurance policy to cover your Confidence treadmill if it should decide to die early.
Treadmills need to be lubricated regularly (once every 1-2 months depending on use). Before I discovered this brand with the applicator tube, it was often a messy affair. Not anymore! This applicator bottle makes it easy and mess-free plus it’s reasonably priced. Pick up a bottle and lubricate regularly for smooth walking and a long lasting motor.
High End Solution
This is the mid range walking treadmill from Lifespan and it is a good mixture of features and durability. If you are serioys about walking while you work, then this treadmill is the one.
Since I upgraded to this treadmill, I have found it easier to have 10 mile walking days. It is smooth, quiet and very easy to control.
To get the best price, I recommend that you use a service like CamelCamel to track and alert you when the price goes down. There is also a pricing graph to help inform your decision.
Protect your investment and extend the warranty by 3 years for very little money.
Treadmills need to be lubricated regularly (once every 1-2 months depending on use). Before I discovered this brand with the applicator tube, it was often a messy affair. Not anymore! This applicator bottle makes it easy and mess-free plus it’s reasonably priced. Pick up a bottle and lubricate regularly for smooth walking and a long lasting motor..