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Build standing desk yourself - DIY from old wood!

In this article, learn how to make a Build standing desk yourself can. Very simple and uncomplicated from wood. I am passionate about building my own furniture from old material. So I also built my new standing desk myself, because I can work really well and concentrated while standing. I will now show you how you too can build your own standing desk in just a few steps. From old oak wood that would otherwise have ended up in the fireplace. Let's go!
Here is another short Table of contents incl. the individual work steps:

Why build a standing desk yourself?

First of all, I would like to give you the reasons why you should build your own standing desk and then work more often standing up. For me, the following advantages are in the foreground:

  • I work more focused and attentively at a standing desk
  • Old material (here: garden fence posts + oak slab) is upcycled and not burned
  • Standing up, I don't get tired as quickly and can work on my projects for longer
  • I can design the self-made standing desk the way I want it to be
  • At a standing desk I never have back pain because I stand bolt upright
  • By building the standing desk myself, I can also show you and other readers something
  • It's just cool to be crafty or to learn to be crafty.

You don't believe that you can work more concentrated while standing? Then try it out and be proven wrong 🙂 Many people work at height-adjustable standing desks because they want to fight their back problems or simply work more attentively. So much for the basics of a standing desk. Now I'll show you step by step instructions on how to build your own standing desk.

1. sketch your standing desk

Standing desk build yourself DIY tutorial
Simply make a 3D drawing of the standing desk with your desired dimensions


First, just get clear on what you want your homemade standing desk to look like in the end. A lot of wood, a lot of metal? What would you like? I opted for wood and may add some metal in the aftermath. The sketch for the standing desk doesn't have to be a work of art. Here's what you should know before you build your standing desk yourself:

  • Dimensions: length x width x height (the height is to be adjusted individually for each).
  • Material: wood (oak, beech etc.), metal etc.
  • Special features: Compartment for pens, drawers, etc.

Since I live minimalist and think, I have also decided to build a minimalist standing desk. The standing desk should basically be made of wood and have dimensions of L110 x W35 x H111 cm. The height is of course very important. You should be able to work straight-standing and comfortably. Test out a bit beforehand at what height this is the case and include it in your sketch. Now you need material, as sustainable as possible, of course.

2. material for the standing desk

Build standing desk yourself from wood & metal
Depending on how you want the table to look, you need to find the right material for your standing desk


Anyone can buy new. But I wanted to build a sustainable standing desk myself, where I use old material once again. Completely in the sense of the Zero Waste Lifestyle. The necessary material was still at my home in our shed. A cool rustic plank of oak and old fence posts that would otherwise have become firewood. Later on, I had a metalworker cut two metal plates to connect the feet of the standing desk to the tabletop.
If you can't find it at home, I recommend the following material sources for your own upcycled standing desk:

  • Storage shed at the neighbors
  • Scrap yards near you
  • Along railroad tracks or small stations can often be found old pallets, boxes, etc..
  • Carpenter - Here falls a lot of material that you can still use
  • ... the possibilities are endless, ask around a bit 🙂

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If you have everything together, the foundation is laid so that you can build your own wooden standing desk. Now it's time for the material processing!

3. standing desk material clean & pre-sanding

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Before cutting, the material must be cleaned and pre-sanded and, above all, free of nails


Before you either cut your material for the standing desk yourself or take it to the carpenter, you should first check it for worms, dirt, nails and screws. For me, that meant once I had checked all my lumber, I gave the wood another quick pre-sanding to get rid of any excess but solid paint. Before that, I cleaned the wood with the high-pressure cleaner and let it dry briefly. The carpenter then makes up for the rest by planing and cutting. Because the next step is now to get a nice straight standing desk.

4. standing desk material planing & cutting

Standing desk build yourself instruction wood
With my carpenter I have now planed all the wood and cut to size


To ensure that the self-built wooden standing desk really stands up straight and does not wobble, precise machines are required. This work is best done together with a carpenter in your area. First, the surface of the desk must be planed smooth. A few joints remain, but it looks cool. Nothing is more boring than a bolt-straight Ikea desk. Next up are the legs for the standing desk. They are cut to the exact same height and planed to the identical thickness. The next important step in the instructions for building a standing desk yourself is done. Off you go home!

5. standing desk wood smooth sanding

Standing desk build yourself instruction wood
Now you have to do it yourself again: Sand your woods really nice and smooth


At this stage, the planed wood is still sharp. Therefore you grab coarse sandpaper (80 grit)* and go with the paper over all the wood and especially its edges. The surface of your desk top should of course be smoother than the underside. Try not to sand so much on the underside of the standing desk, so that the surface remains nice and even and the desk doesn't wobble afterwards. The same goes for the bottom of the feet and the side of the feet that touches the surface. After you have sanded everything with the coarse sandpaper, you can sand the wood again. with such fine sandpaper (K120)* revise.

6. clean & dust woods for painting

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Before painting can begin, the wood must be cleaned and dusted.


This is absolutely uncomplicated. If you want to paint your self-made standing desk in the next step, you should first remove the dust from the sanding. A damp towel is sufficient for this purpose. When you have your cut, sanded wood ready, you can finally paint it in the next step. Soon you will have built your own standing desk. Cool, isn't it?

7. standing desk material painting & drying

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Grab a paintbrush or paint roller and paint your sanded woods on


The color. Well, that's really a matter of taste. There are thousands of ways to paint your homemade standing desk. I'm a walnut fan (for example, I have Walnut push up grips) and have therefore opted for a natural walnut laser. Here you get a selection of wood stains*.
Simply place the feet and surface of the standing desk on old cardboard boxes so they can sit a little higher and dry from anywhere. Then grab such a wooden brush* and your wood stain and get started. Depending on the room temperature, you can repaint on the same day or the next day. You should do this in any case, so that the paint is evenly distributed and no drops are visible. The instructions for building your own standing desk are coming to an end. Now everything must be screwed together.

8. screw the standing desk together

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Legs and surface of the standing desk still need to be stably connected together


Feet and surface of the standing desk are painted ready, now, of course, they need to be connected. Ideally, the connection should not be visible when looking at the desk normally. To complete the instructions for building a standing desk positively, I had two sturdy metal plates cut to size by a well-known metalworker, so that the plates fit exactly under the wooden tabletop without protruding. Holes are drilled on the outside of the metal plate, which are then used to attach the metal plates to the tabletop. But first you have to drill 4 holes in each of the places where the metal plate should rest on the feet. This gives the self-built standing desk proper stability, because you should not underestimate how high the table is.
Once again, briefly summarized: First you screw the feet to the metal plates. Then you screw the metal plates (with the feet) to the table surface. Done. Transporting the table is then also easy, because you can simply unscrew the two foot sections and screw them back on at the place of use.

9. the self-made standing desk!

Build standing desk yourself - DIY instructions for the wooden standing desk
This is how the finished rough version of the standing desk looks like - now you should fill it with life 🙂


Well, what do you think of the table? Uncomplicated, minimalist and sustainable? Me too! As soon as I have the standing desk with me in Berlin (I built it at my hometown) I'll make you another nice photo where the standing desk is in use. Possibly I will add a cool grid, which you can then use like a bulletin board. As soon as there is news, I update this article of course. 🙂

Alternative to build your own standing desk?

Is all this too much work for you? Then I can recommend the flexible standing desk from Standsome. The desk arrives plastic-free, is assembled in 30 seconds and is simply placed on a normal desk. You can flexibly adjust the heights by simply putting the board one level higher or lower. Since I'm a partner of Standsome, you can get the with the coupon code "CAREDESK" 10% on your purchase in the store of Standsome.com secure


Build standing desk yourself - Very simple!

Basically, you can easily build your own standing desk. Uncomplicated, sustainable and exactly how you would like your standing desk. I also use the time in which I build a new piece of furniture myself to simply switch off completely. I can only recommend you to do that regularly 🙂 .

Do you have any questions, tips or suggestions? Then feel free to write me a comment below this article.

Best regards,

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Christoph Schulz

I'm Christoph, an environmental scientist and author - and here at CareElite I'm campaigning against plastic waste in the environment, climate change and all the other major environmental problems of our time. Together with other environmentally conscious bloggers, I want to give you tips & tricks for a naturally healthy, sustainable life as well as your personal development.

14 thoughts on “Stehschreibtisch selber bauen – DIY aus altem Holz!”

  1. I still have my desk from school. Since the felt almost falls apart, I wanted to give the next carpentry for repair work. Your idea to build a new standing desk from old, but has changed my mind. I will remember to clean and sand the materials beforehand.

    1. Moin Toni! Very good, then have fun with implementation and happy planing, sanding, painting and working 🙂
      Best regards
      Christoph

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