DIY Standing Desk Plans for the Home Office, Low-Cost Solution

This DIY Standing Desk has a very small footprint and can be set up anywhere in the home. You can position the desk against a wall or you can have it or freestanding in any part of the room. That means setting up the desk in a large storage room, bedroom or kitchen space is not a problem. 

Constructing the desk takes about 45 mins using using Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets and 2×4 timber posts for the framework. The desktop is fastened to the framework using shelf brackets. 

Simple design, very functional and small price.

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DIY Standing desk dimensions
Kitchen standing desk

A Standing Desk with a Small Footprint

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

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

Easy to follow Standing Desk Plans

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. 

Freestanding Standing Desk or Setup Against the Wall

The Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets gives you the flexibility to build your desk anywhere in your home or apartment. If you prefer, your desk can be in the middle of the room, freestanding. Just as easy is setting up the desk in the corner of the room or against a wall. 

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.

Low-Cost, Not Low-Quality Standing Desk

Depending on how long you plan to stay working from home you could spend $350 to $1,100 on a height adjustable desk. But you don’t have to. If you can find a DIY solution then you save $$.

Space is the other factor. A lot of us live in apartments or have a limit on how much area we call our office ‘zone’. A proper ‘office’ desk at home is sometimes out of the question. 

With budget and space in mind, I designed this low – cost standing desk. The supplies to build the desk cost around $60-$70. It’s DIY so you supply the labour and the know how. I can help with the know how…download the Standing Desk plans! It’s a small price to pay for such a handy desk.

The desk is built from wood which makes it solid, sturdy and elegant (if you stain it). The 2×4 framework can be built used 2×4 spruce lumber (spruce is about $5 a post but there are other timbers that are more expensive). For the desk top, I used pine wood (and stained it). 

Want to Customize your Standing Desk?

It’s easy to add a pegboard to your standing desk 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.

If you want your work books and folders to be within reach, you could add a shelf or two. 

Or to make the workspace more homey,  you can put up some pictures or display some decor. Most picture hooks come with a screw or a nail which you can fasten straight into the timber post. 

Leave a sufficient gap between laptop and pegboard

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

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Standing Desk Step by Step Plans

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DIY Standing desk dimensions


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.


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


Add a Pegboard for More Storage


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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Moby Deter
Moby Deter
1 year ago

Good evening. Thanks a lot! Really enjoyed reading this page

1 year ago

Standing desks are not cheap with some over $150. Your DIY plans make this an affordable solution.
While a lot of desks sit on top of another table, your standing desk either is against the wall. Can it be freestanding?

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