Build a standing desk for $109 using IKEA parts.

Build a standing desk for $109 using IKEA parts.

Inspired by Lifehacker’s Standing Desk’s on the Cheap, I put together this IKEA standing desk solution for $109. It took me about an hour to assemble. In the picture, I’m using a Goldtouch Go Travel Keyboard but I’ve switched to the Kinesis Freestyle Solo (learn more).


Two of the Vika Kaj legs broke when I tried to install them – the adjustment mechanisms are very poor. I had to make another trip to the not-so-local IKEA to replace them. Alternatively, consider: Utby Underframe $89.99 (though it seems like it’s been taken off their website – from this). IKEA also has some other adjustable legs such as the Gallant A-Leg. All of these adjust to 35 3/8″ officially – but I was able to get my Kaj legs to go a few inches higher. The Gallant T-Leg for example only adjusts to 32″.

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Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.


  1. I’m building this on Wednesday, just waiting for Ikea to deliver (2 weeks so far)


      1. Here is my finished build, I have added a 5th leg to the middle since for extra support.


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