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Tools for DIY standing desks

Autonomous Autonomous | Apr 16, 2019

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Depends on the kind of standing desk design you intend, the tools will definitely vary.

DIY standing desks are claimed by many users to be very effective in many ways especially costs. Benefits of standing desks may include the joy of having something crafted out of your own hands, the idea of learning something new or taking on something more challenging than the usual.

Standing desks generally enhance your body chemistry as they could help you burn out about 400 extra calories per day.

The use of standing desks is increasingly popular, which is exactly the reason why any persons are now driving towards these sorts of desks.

And if you are one of the persons especially if you are interested in DIY standing desks, then you may probably want to keep reading. There are many ways in which people get to design standing desks. Some covert their usual desks to highly functional standing desks.

We would have a look at a few necessary tools in which you may need, depending on the style of design you are using. Let’s look at it from the viewport of a few different but generic designs.


Quite expensive, but still a good option if you are up for very quality stuff. There are kits on the market that contains all the necessary tools needed for a complete set up of a DIY desk

These kits contain a lot of stuff in it that can aid you in creating a frame from start to finish all you would need to do will be to buy or make a timber desk top.

You should find

  • A Cable Management Tray, which attaches easily to the underside of the desk with included hardware. You can try our Cable Tray

  • A 6-outlet Surge Protector Outlet Strip, with a 15’ heavy duty power cable core tucks directly into the tray.

  • An Cable Coil consolidates Cords, included wire funnel makes cable insertion and removal very easy and quick.

  • 10 Re-adjustable Uplift Adhesive Cable Ties, adhere to most surfaces and hold cords in place.

  • Add a Clamp-on Surge Protector, with 2 USB ports and 15’ cord. Clamps onto desktops, or clamps onto desk frame for use with thicker tops.

  • Desk Frame. The well coated steel frames are well crafted with stability and durability – and aesthetics. You can try our SmartDesk DIY Kit - The best frame in the US market now!

TOOLS FOR DIY STANDING DESKS - a smartdesk diy kit base

Further explanation on how to go about the frame using the tools in the DIY Desk Kit is below

  • Unscrew the screws to fit the length you want

  • Make sure the center of the frame aligns with two predrilled holes on the table top

  • Then fix the legs on both sides of the frame

  • The inside frame extender should be pushed aside in order to gain access to the legs, then screw the legs firmly.

  • The base of the legs should then be attached with screws

  • You should then attach side brackets to both sides of the frame using same size screws.

  • Then fix the noise dampener pads in the top of the frame’s screw holes

  • At this point, you should attach the table top with screws

  • And then attach the control pad under the table top where you want it to be with screws

  • Press down the up and down buttons together for a while and let go after a beep and when the screen displays and then let go. The standing desk should be ready for use from then on.

The motors attached to the frame do the electrical adjustment movements, which prove how very noiseless the adjustment process can be with the frame. The flexibility of being able to switch from a high or low position could be a point of attraction for some.


This might not be suitable in every architecturally created space but definitely has a good place in the DIY standing desk world. This type of standing desk is probably the easiest to make of all of them as you can complete the whole thing in less or within an hour.

It usually consists of wall brackets and a table top, where it is mounted on the wall and supported by the brackets in the leeward direction. The equipment and materials you would need to finish up this desk are below –

  • A table top.

Probably the most important of all you would need to get your desk set.

  • Wall hinges.

The protrusions the table top would rest on in order to carry the weights of a laptop, books and other things you may need on our desk.

  • Drills.

To make holes for screwing and other fastening procedure you may find favourable on your own. They are just as necessary as the rest in this group as you would have to join all the components together to have a standing desk set.

  • Power-driven Hand screws.

In fastening these frames together, you definitely need to have a screw driver. They work much better than mechanical hand screws.   



With intentions to make it high and at the same time durable, you may go for the use of steel plumbing pipes for the frame of your DIY standing desk. The highly polished surface of these pipes create high aesthetic value for your desk and at the same time being as durable as any other highly rated desks. The final output of the desk can complement any kind of design.

The materials you may need for this kind of desk are

  • A band saw or any saw that can work efficiently.

This saw would be what you would be needing for the cutting of both the steel and the wooden top of your desk.

  • Drill.

In order to make holes for the nuts and bolts to pass through, you would definitely need a hand drill or something similar.

  • Power-driven Screw.

To hold the top and frames together, there needs to be something to drive the screws through the wood to fasten them together with the frame. Some use direct electric power from the home while some use rechargeable batteries, whichever is available could still work efficiently. You may be tempted to use your hand but power-driven screws would surely do the job more easily and much better.

  • Sander.

You would definitely love to have your desk smiling at you when you use it. To make you more proud of this desk, you would need to enhance the finishing with something like a sander.

  • Table top.

Which is the rectangular area upon which your works would be done.

  • Steel pipes.

For the frames, you would need steel plumbing pipes which are very durable and aesthetically appealing.

There may be other materials you would be needing just as mentioned earlier in the article, depending on the design style you choose.

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