Posted in Gaming, Life + Living

Step by step guide to building a standing station

Last year, I posted a very high level overview about building an Ikea standing station conversion. This year, I’m showing you:

1: Read this guide
2: go to Ikea

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3: Daydream about making some of the rooms yours:

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4: Find and purchase the following:
~Lack side table (21×21″)
~Antonius shelf (31×11″)
~brackets of your choice

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5. Gather your materials.  You will need

– side table
– shelf
– brackets
– power drill with 1/16″ bit and Phillips had screw driver bit
– screws of appropriate dimensions.( I raided our junk drawer to find some. You want at least two that are just under 1/2″, and about four more that are about 1″)
– a pencil
– a buddy

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6. Assemble the table according to the included instructions (recruiting a buddy helps save fatigue in your forearms)

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7. Figure out where you want your keyboard to be by putting the table on your existing desk. Bend your elbows to mimic typing comfortably at a keyboard (usually around 90°) and mark off this height discretely with a pencil on the inside of the table leg.

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8. Measure and mark the holes for the brackets on the bottom of the shelf

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I couldn’t find my measuring tape, so I just eyeballed it.
9. Drill a shallow pilot hole for each of the screws using a 1/16″ bit. Only go deep enough to get through the veneer

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10. Line the brackets up as planned, then screw them down. Your screw should just fit:

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11. Referencing your pencil marks from step 7, mark where you’ll be attaching the other side of the bracket to the table

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12. Drill pilot holes *just* through the veneer, and use the smallest bit (1/16″ is what I used).  Get your buddy to brace the table so it doesn’t fall over on you. He or she can hang out and lend some leverage through the next steps.

13. Mount the shelf to the table using 1″ screws.

14. Place standing station conversion on your existing desk, move your monitor, keyboard, and mouse as needed and Ta da: standing station

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* if you use too big of a bit, drill too far, or use screws that are too short, you might experience the painful conclusion of your shelf falling off when you place your table upright

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Don’t worry, if plan “A” fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet. Plan “B” for me was to spin the table around and correct for my mistakes. The damaged part faces the wall anyway, so no one will see.

My trip to Ikea included the parts shown above, crafting beads, and lint roller refills. My bill came to $33.  The table itself should be around $7-9, the shelf around $6-7, and the brackets around $6-7.  Not a bad deal for $20!

I talked to someone there who had already made his version and he was helping a friend build one. This was #2 for me. Are you going to tackle it? Comment below with your thoughts.

Posted in Fitness, Life + Living

No, sir, I don’t like it!

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In an effort to improve my “professional image” at work, I decided to dress in business attire and clean up my desk. Both of these pursuits have led to the demise of my standing station. I figured I could just walk on my breaks, but it’s only two days in, and it sucks. Although I was more productive today, that’s just because I was busy and had deadlines. My back and hips ache. Of course, that could be from wearing high heels all of a sudden…

No, sir, I don’t like it!!

The standing station is coming back today! Even if I walk on all of my breaks, it doesn’t make up for sitting for 8+ hours per day, especially since ice gotten so used to not sitting down so much.

Posted in Life + Living

Ikea For The … Lose?


Ikea is a special place full of glamorous rooms, stylist-perfect and magazine ready–all put together with an allen wrench.  The beauty is that you can take each and every piece of their showcase home if you so choose–right down to the books on the shelves.

“Imagine my joy upon learning we would be going there to purchase the kitchen cart for our new place!”  <– that’s in quotations because you don’t have to imagine it I have anticipated your desire to witness such rapture and have captured it on camera, hence:

JOY TO THE WORLD!  YAY IKEA! (Which I randomly just keyed in as ‘idea’ –coincidence? I. Think. Not!)

So we proceeded into the store and meandered through each of the displays in search of a kitchen cart.  And a spice rack.  And a paper towel holder.

We walked out with a trivet, a frame, and a coaster.  We ooohed and aaahed over the wonderful displays, consulted a few sales folks, ate some Swedish meatballs, and then accepted the fact that we would have to go to Wal*Mart or Target to find the damned kitchen cart and spice rack.  That is not to say that Ikea did not have either of these items–on the contrary, they did! They even had the beloved kitchen cart that our old roommates had…. except it was on back-order and unavailable.  The only spice racks they had hung on the wall and had giant jars so that my spices would go stale before I could possibly use them up.  I did not capture my acute disappointment on camera because I am sure it would bring you to tears.  It was an uber-pout of epic proportions–so much so in fact, that we have yet to wander to either alternative.  Our kitchen still sits in a state of unrest.

The good news, is that I was able to order the spice rack and the paper towel holder online through Amazon and use a fantastic gift card so that there was no out of pocket expense.