I started off with a design for my homemade standing desk based on the design found at how to geek. The designer of that standing desk made a few odd choices regarding pipe lengths and extra couplings in my opinion. The odd choices I decided to do with out were:
- No custom cut pipe, custom cuts costs more than a regular length of pipe. Galvanized pipe comes in lengths at one inch up to 12 inches and then in 6” lengths after that.
- Remove the couplings in the center. No matter what your height the lengths a combination of standard pipe lengths can be used to meet your height requirements with out resorting to custom cut pipe.
With these things in mind I removed several pieces from the design and focused only on standard lengths of pipe. I also moved down from 1″ pipe to ¾” pipe because is it half the price of 1” pipe and just as sturdy according to my local contractor (aka my father in law). I am also not big on aesthetics in my office (I was using an old folding table top for a desk previously) so I skipped painting. If you wanted a different look you could just buy the black galvanized pipe and skip the painting again.
I ended up not adding end caps on the feet. My desk sits on carpet and the caps seemed like a waste of money.
- 1 x 48” of ¾” galvanized pipe
- 4 x 24” of ¾” galvanized pipe
- 4 x 18” of ¾” galvanized pipe
- 4 x 10” of ¾” galvanized pipe (nipple)
- 4 x ¾” Galvanized floor feet
- 6 x ¾” T joints
- 4 x ¾” leveling feet
- 1 old Melamine folding table top 72” x 30”
- 16 x ½” screws
- 2 x Pipe wrenches
- Screw gun
- A lot of muscle power
- 1 x Anti-Fatigue pad (I went with NewLife by GelPro Bio-Foam Comfort Floor Mat, 20-Inch by 32-Inch, Stone ($69.95))
I went with 24” pipe for the top section because I wanted to be able to convert the table back to a regular desk, and my regular desk needed to be at a height of roughly 35” instead of the 45” for the standing desk. So i could swap out the 18” pipe in the feet for 10” pipe and have a sitting desk in theory.
My process was as follows:
- Connect the 2 T couplings to 2 10″ pipes on the left and right sides
- Connect the 2 T couplings to the 48″ pipe, this should form your center H
The anti-fatigue pad was a bit pricey, aka more than the desk itself, but it was the only one i could find that was thicker than ½”.