This is the best idea for building your own walking desk without breaking the bank.
Expensive treadmill desks are available but for the do-it-yourselfer you can definitely put something together that will work very well.
DIY Treadmill Desk Plans
You only need a few things and the first of which is a treadmill.
These should be sized for their use. If you are planning on using it ONLY at your standing desk then the length isn’t as important. If you think you might be running on it make sure it is long enough to accommodate your running stride or else you can get shin splints and other leg issues from having to shorten your natural gait.
There are treadmills that are made specifically for just walking too.
To compare the specially made walking treadmill and the average ‘run of the mill’ treadmill would compare on two very prominent aspects.
1. The average treadmill has its controls hard fashioned in place on the console in front of the user. They also have safety bars that run on the right and left of the user off the front console.
2. The treadmills made for office use are usually much quieter.
Also many treadmills will elevate to higher pitches so you can have a more intensive workout.
How to build a Treadmill Desk
To make your own treadmill you need to be sure it will be ergonomic so you will be inspired to use it. This means you have to take into account the height you need for your desk area, keyboard, and monitor.
When buying a treadmill you can get second hand ones quite cheap. I’ve seen decent electrical treadmills on Creigslist for $50+.
Once you find your treadmill you will know what you will need to do to assemble your desktop.
Standing on the belt, put your hands out in front of you to a height you feel would comfortably have your keyboard, usually around elbow height. Then use your measuring tape to measuring tape from the top of the belt to where you have your hands.
Pick out a keyboard drawer so you know the height you need to add for the desk top. For example if you measured 42 inches to the bottom of your hand, and the drawer slider adds another inch you will want to raise your desktop to 43 inches. Also account for the height of your keyboard is you have an old thick one.
If your rails on your new treadmill are only 35 inches you will need to accommodate for the extra needed.
If you are feeling adventurous and really “handy” – try to find a folding treadmill. This way you can remove the solid frame for the controls and place the controls on a manufactured standing desk so you don’t lose all that space and can maximize the length of the treadmill.
You can also just remove the console if you are up to it (see top picture).
First you want to find a space against a wall so you can install adjustable bracket shelving for your monitor and books.
If you have installed wall brackets you can extend out from there with support brackets adding front support by anchoring to the rails.
To maximize your desk space, instead of a little board across the top, get a wider and longer board and just cut out a small u space for you and your keyboard.
The desk will eliminate some of the usual walking length so be sure you account for this when picking out your treadmill.
Be very careful though – don’t fall off the treadmill like I did!