Since I work from home, I've been wanting a treadmill/desk setup for a long time so I can walk and work at the same time instead of just sitting all day. When I looked online, treadmill desks run anywhere from $400-$4,000, and most are big and bulky. After a bit of Googling, I found this post on how to make your own for less than $20 and figured it was worth a shot.
I modified it a bit, so thought I'd share my process:
Here are the raw materials from my local neighborhood orange mega-hardware store:
- Wooden shelf (I chose a white coating but there are lots of wood-type options), 11.8" D x 35.8" W - $7.48
- 4 Eye bolts, 1/4" x 3" - $1.96
- 2 24" bungee cords - $3.45
- Drill with a 13/64 bit (not pictured)
I drilled two holes in each end, and screwed in the eye bolts. Done! It took about 15 minutes total.
One note on hole placement - I just randomly picked 3" from each end, since that was how it looked in the original post. My treadmill has short, stumpy handrails, so that almost didn't work. Before drilling, put the shelf on your treadmill to check eye bolt placement.
I attached the bungee cords to the eye bolts in an X pattern, slid it on my handrails, and now I have a treadmill desk!
I spent my first day walking between 1.0 and 2.0 mph depending on what I was doing, and my Fitbit says I'm at almost 17,000 miles as of about 2:00 p.m. This is going to put a big boost in my daily activity level - yay!
My only note so far is that it would be nice to have my monitor more at eye level instead of looking down... Some DIY treadmill desks used bookshelves or wall-mounted shelves for that purpose, but I would have to face the wall for that, and I would rather face into the room. Personal preference - there's a lot can be done with this with not much money or time. AND I can actually take it off my treadmill if I want a heftier workout, which you can't do with the big, expensive desks.
(Don't worry, loyal blog readers - another family post is coming soon...)