I did it! I built myself a treadmill desk for less than $200.00! And half of that cost was in the sturdy keyboard tray I decided was necessary for my ergonomic keyboard (since I can’t type decently on anything else anymore).
This project started when I read an article about how people who sat at desks all day were developing all kinds of health problems. To counteract this, a couple of innovative companies offered the option of a treadmill desk where you can walk and work at the same time. I love to walk and I own a treadmill so I decided this was a no-brainer for me.
Except the treadmill desks you could buy ready-made cost thousands of dollars (and probably wouldn’t fit my treadmill).
Since I’m the daughter of an engineer I decided I would build one myself. In fact, I loved the do-it-yourself projects my father and I used to work on together when I was young. My problem is I don’t have the same array of tools at my disposal as my dad does. Fortunately, there’s Home Depot where they will cut your materials for you.
So I studied my treadmill, measured it from all angles, and came up with a design. Then I trekked off to Home Depot with my list of materials in hand and came home with these:
Four fence posts, a shelf meant for a closet, four rolling castors, and a bunch of screws. (My plan was to do this low-cost to see if I really liked it before I invested in more upscale materials.) The keyboard tray had to be ordered because no one local had one that I thought would hold up to my pounding.
With the help of my Handsome Husband, I got the fence posts attached to the closet shelf. Next I had to put the keyboard tray track on sideways because my closet shelf was so shallow, but voila! I am now the proud owner of a treadmill desk.
Not only will I get lots of exercise while I’m writing, but I will feel the glow of accomplishment only a DIYer gets to bask in. (Another bonus: the treadmill is in the basement which is blissfully cool in this scorching weather.)