DIY Standing Desk for Laptop

Take a look at the next project I’m working on. A DIY standing desk for your laptop. Create a dedicated workspace in the home while using space efficiently.

We are all working more from home these days and that puts that extra bit of demand on the workspace. My wife and I use the dining table as a makeshift workspace but it’s hardly functional.

The kids are also having online school so they compete for desk space when they can. And often win…

  • Time to make - About 30 mins
  • Build difficulty - Easy

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DIY Standing desk dimensions
Kitchen standing desk

This basic standing desk has a small footprint. The frame for the desk, which are two 2×4 timber posts, is set up against the wall. The desktop fastens to the posts using shelf supports. All in all, it takes up little space.

Standing desk laptop shelf
Framework for the standing desk

It’s quick and easy to build and you can locate it anywhere in the apartment. The timber posts are easy to set up using Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets. There is a top and bottom bracket which pop on each end of the 2×4 post. The top bracket tightens against the ceiling by turning the adjusting screw.

It’s held there by tension with no tools required.

I decided to set up my standing desk next to the countertop in the kitchen. This is great for when I’m cooking or preparing a meal. I can quickly get onto the laptop to check my work emails or facebook posts.

I wanted to show you how little space this desk takes up. You can see in the photo below that I can put a set of kitchen shelves under the desk and still have enough space to work.

Extra space under the standing table

Add a pegboard for important notices, calendars and stationery items. This is great for extra space. Be sure to leave enough gap between the bottom of the pegboard and your opened laptop.

Leave a sufficient gap between laptop and pegboard

DIY Standing Desk Project Information

Tools required

  • Drill
  • Drill bits 
  • Measuring tape
  • Screwdriver 
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level (or download the “Bubble Level” App for iphone for free)


  • Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets x 2
  • 2×4 Wood post vertical x 2
  • 9” x 7” shelf brackets x 2
  • 86 cm x 60 cm (12″ x 25″) pine board shelf x 1
  • 86cm x 60 cm pegboard x 1
  • 1 ¼” wood screws for pegboard
  • ¾” wood screws for shelf bracket

Time to Make

About 30 mins

Build Difficulty


DIY Standing Desk Instructions

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DIY Standing desk dimensions

Build the Framework


Labrico flat ceiling ok, not sloped ceiling

Select location.

The Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets need a flat and sturdy ceiling and floor.

Check the ceiling and floor.


Measure the length of the floor to ceiling.

Minus 3.7 inches or 95 mm from the measurement.


Put the upper bracket and bottom bracket on the wood post.

Pop on the upper and bottom bracket onto the wood post.


Step 4: Lift the wood post into place
Lift the wood post into place.


Turn the adjusting screw clockwise to tighten the upper cap against the ceiling.


Step 5: Check the wood post is vertical by using a spirit level

Use a spirit level to check the wood post is vertical.

If not, loosen the adjusting screw and reposition.

TIP: For an online spirit level, download “Bubble Level” for free from the iphone app store.

Attach the Desktop


Build two posts 65cm (25") apart

Setup 2 posts 65cm (25”) apart


Fasten 2 shelf brackets to the post

Mark a spot on the post 100cm (40”) from the floor.

Fasten the 7” x 9” shelf brackets to the post. 

The 7” length fastens to the post. The 9” length fastens under the desk board.


Make a pencil mark for the screw holes
Mark on the desk board the screw holes

Place the desk board on the shelf brackets and centre.

Mark the screw holes from underneath.


Drill pilot holes into underside of the desk board

Take the desk board off the shelf brackets. 

Using the marked spots, drill pilot holes.


Standing desk laptop shelf
Fasten the desk board to the shelf bracket

Place the desk back onto the shelf brackets and use screws to fasten.


Standing Desk in the kitchen


MORE Storage? Add a Pegboard


Add a peg board to the standing desk

Here are the dimensions that I used to add a pegboard.

You can definitely customize this to suit your needs.


Leave a sufficient gap between laptop and pegboard

Just make sure with the pegboard, you have enough height to fully open your laptop.

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