Jennifer Rothman
Jennifer Rothman

Jennifer Rothman is a copywriter and columnist, specializing in delivering informative content you can trust.

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

If you’re planning to invest in a standing desk, you probably have researched and discovered that they are a little on the expensive side. Most standing desks that are currently on the market range from $500. We all know that regular standing is necessary for health, so purchasing a standing desk is basically top priority. Although there are different options like standing desk risers that are flexible and can be set on the existing desk surface also they are easily customizable.  There are so many DIY  desk top options that can help you save money if the standing desk you desire right now is not within your budget. Get a few proven DIY desk top ideas and chose the one which fit your needs.

Customizable DIY Options for Standing Desk Surface

#1: Reclaimed Wood Desks

Desk made of reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood holds a certain character as they’re antique looking, and using them will make you feel like you’re giving it a second chance at life. Unlike laminate desktops available in most stores, reclaimed wood offers a certain cache.

A simple DIY reclaimed wood desk project would be getting some old pallets and following a simple instruction video on how to make it yourself. You might require some assistance if you’ve never constructed a table before.

A reclaimed wood desktop can easily be made using old wood pallets found in warehouses, which are pretty cheap or scrap lumber from construction sites. You can construct it in a way that allows it to offer different heights for aesthetic or compartments if you please.

You can also add some paint to give it some color or to fit your room decor. How to make a wood desktop is relatively simple, and the steps are normally easy to follow.

#2: The Double Decker Method

If you’re not really good at completing DIY projects or constructing DIY wood desktops, and your budget is not big enough to purchase a high-end desk, you can try the double-decker method. With this method, you can change modes. It can be done in two ways: increasing the height on the table from under or on top.

You can add a short-legged desk on top of your existing table that will fit at a perfect angle when you’re standing. If it has compartments, you can even use it as extra storage. The top is also very easy to disassemble if you decide you don’t like the style later on.

Also, you can approach it differently by adding a device or equipment under the MDF desk or particle board desk to raise the height of your entire workspace.

#3: Standing Desk Kit

DIY standing desk kits are the new trend and are available for individuals who want to transition into the standing lifestyle. The kit can be purchased in your local store or online, and it comes with parts and desk materials needed as well as instructions on how to put it together. The kit might come with reclaimed wood laminate or bamboo laminate, depending on the type you purchase.

#4: The Book Stack Method

This is one of the many temporary solutions to creating a DIY standing desk. It is relatively easy to set up and take down. You probably already own a set of books, all you need to do is stack it up on your wood desktops, put your computer system on it, and you’re good to go.

If you finally decide to transit yourself to a proper standing desk, this method will make it easy, as all you need to do is remove the books and set up your new DIY table.

#5: DIY Pipe Standing Desk

DIY pipe standing desk

You can easily construct your own pipe desk with just some mending plates, screws, and plumbing pipes. All you need is to go to your nearby hardware store and find the best wood for your desktop. You can decide to go for a plain laminate top or a decorative HPL laminate (High-Pressure Laminate). If you desire a natural wood desk, then you can just buy the wood and add some Danish oil. After getting the desk materials, all you need to do is attach the wood with mending plates if you want it longer, screw the mending plates in, attach the plumbing piped together, and screw it under the wood. It is best to use plumbing pipes as they are easy to adjust, depending on the height of the user.

#6: DIY Changeable Standing Desk

This type is a simple equilibrium desk that offers a stand for your system or monitor. It works as a lever system, and you can use pins to hold it to a particular position when sliding it up or down.

This DIY tabletop desk is tailored to work for both sitting and standing, so it can be modified when you’re standing and when you decide to sit. To construct this kind of table, you might have to consult a YouTube video or follow a set of instructions.

The essence of this DIY design to be practical and clever as most of the time, there is little time taken on the finish. You can decide to amp it up with some décor or use a laminate desk, it really depends on your tastes.

#7: DIY Sawhorse Desk

A sawhorse is usually used as a balance beam to support wood for sawing. It comes with four legs, and it is popularly used by lumberjacks. This contraption can also be used to create a DIY sawhorse desk. All you need is a desk tabletop, preferably a wood desktop and two or three sawhorses for balance. This is a very simple way to create a DIY standing height desk, and you can decorate it how you want. If the sawhorse is bland, you can add some modern paint to fit your aesthetic or leave it to project avant-garde or rustic vibes.

Are You Interested in Investing in a Proper Standing Desk?

Young businesswoman standing at desk

If you decide to purchase a standard standing desk, instead of your own DIY standing desk project you can go for a bamboo standing desk. Bamboo is a very sturdy material known to be able to take a lot of pressure and hold up properly. Bamboo desktops are also very sleek and of premium quality.

Alternatively, if you’re changing the décor in your workplace conference room, you can invest in a natural wood meeting table. The important thing is to look out for durability in products by ensuring that the materials used for the table are top-quality.


Jennifer Rothman
Jennifer Rothman is a copywriter and columnist, specializing in delivering informative content you can trust. Since graduating from Villanova University, she’s worked with top brands across the fashion, beauty, and health and wellness space to reach global audiences. Eager to share her expert knowledge of the wellness industry, Jennifer continues to craft reliable content that engages readers through the art of storytelling.