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Build Your Own Treadmill Desk {Joe’s Corner no. 2}

March 15, 2014

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

I am happy to be turning the blog back over to my better half, Joe, again today, so that he can teach you how to make your very own treadmill desk.  In case you missed Joe's Corner debut, you can check out his awesome DIY floating shelves tutorial HERE.

A bit of background before the much less verbose Joe gets your attention…  One day while I was at work, I was thinking about how I can possibly continue to fit in exercise in my busy life of working full-time, raising our twin girls AND blogging.  I remember thinking, “I wish I could exercise while I blog.”  About 30 seconds later, I sent Joe an email asking him to build me a treadmill desk.  He's pretty bad about checking his email, so I followed-up with a text.  After reading my email, he texted me back.  This is what transpired.

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Can you believe he thought I was kidding?!  The good news is he came around and, rock star husband that he is, built me what has become one of my most PRIZED possessions–my treadmill desk!  And, he did it in  just a few minutes with scrap wood while he was home with the girls one day.  Did I mention he is amazing?  So, I will now shut up so you can get to the good part!

Joe's Corner

Hi.  I'm back.  I'll keep this brief since Tasha is so long-winded.  This project is quick and easy.

Materials Needed for 1 Treadmill Desk:

  • 1 x 6” pine boards
  • 2 x 4
  • Kreg Jig (this thing is amazing and I don't know what I did without one.   You can buy one here: Kreg Jig K4 Pocket Hole System*)
  • Pocket screws
  • Drill
  • Felt pads
  • Velcro
  • Staple gun

Learn to build your own treadmill desk by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

 Steps to build your treadmill desk:

1)  First measure the distance between your treadmill handles.  Mine was around 33”.   I wanted a little over hang  so I cut the 1 x 6” pine boards at 36”.

2) Next measure your computer to see how deep you need the desk to be.  We have a 13” Mac Book Pro and felt comfortable with around 21” of desk space.  This allows for plenty of room for the computer as well as room for your wrists to rest on the desk.  To get the desired depth, I used 3 pieces of 1 x 6” pine (all cut to 36″ in length).

3) Now, you have to do to attach the boards together.  I have a Kreg Jig pocket hole set and this was the perfect application for it.  If you plan on building other furniture, etc., I recommend getting one.  I wish I purchased one years ago.   If you are not much of a woodworker you can still complete this project by just screwing the boards into the 2 x 4’s, it will just be a little less sturdy and will have less of a finished appearance.  Using the Kreg set I drilled three holes into two of the boards.  I drilled one hole in the middle and one on each end.

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

This is the Kreg Jig in use. It's awesome.

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

Daddy's little helpers.

4)  Next, lay your boards on a flat surface and butt the long ends of the boards together.  Keeping the joints flush, screw the pocket screws in until the boards pull tightly together.

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

 5)  Next, you need to determine a comfortable height for your desk.  This really depends on the height of whoever will be using it.  For us a 2 x 4 would raise the desk to the perfect height for Tasha to type comfortably while on the treadmill.  I cut two 2 x 4s to 9” and screwed each one into the desk surface (made with the 1 x 6” pine boards).  The side rails on our treadmill are 32“ apart so I made sure the 2 x 4s were centered on the rails while I decided on their placement.  I marked where they needed to sit with a pencil and then screwed them into place, using a counter-sink drill bit to pre-drill the holes.

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

This is a counter-sink drill bit.

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

 7)  To fasten the desk to the treadmill I used some leftover velcro and stapled it to the bottom of each 2 x 4.  I also placed felt pads on the bottom of the 2 x 4s to ensure the desk would not rock or move around.

DIY Treadmill Desk Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

DIY Treadmill Desk- Full Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

It really was an easy project.  Even Attley and Avery got involved, as you can see.  And Tasha loves the thing.  She still wants to “pretty it up” eventually, but it does exactly what she needs it to do.

DIY Treadmill Desk- Full Tutorial by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {designertrapped.com}

Before I go, allow me to answer the question that is probably on your mind—did I build this in our very ugly, outdated bathroom?  Yes, I did.  Because the treadmill is in our master bedroom and, though ugly, our bathroom is spacious and the tile allows for easy clean-up.  I am a practical man.

I hope to see you back for the next edition of Joe's Corner.  Let me know if you have any questions.

 

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  1. Carrie says:

    Your hubby is super smart! Love the treadmill desk!

  2. Cool idea! Now I need Joe to come up with an idea for my eliptical!

  3. First of all, I have to say that I love the banter back and forth between you and your husband. It totally sounds like my husband and I;) Second, I love this desk! I wish I had a treadmill at home so that I could do this. I’d get some pretty funny looks walking into the gym toting a laptop and desk;)

  4. Carmody says:

    I love this! My husband would totally do this. Currently he sits on a swopper at work. http://www.swopper.com/

  5. Shellee says:

    I love how the bathroom is moonlighting as a work space!

  6. oh wow–I’m pinning this for sure! My treadmill is currently down in my not very pleasant basement, and I’ve barely used it since we moved. It either needs to move upstairs or we need to finish the basement. AND it needs a desk!

  7. What a smart solution and a handy husband! Well done! Now… get to walking/blogging!

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