I’ve been wanting a treadmill desk for a while now, but have you seen the price on those suckers? I wasn’t ready to shell out $2,000. So I made my own!
I had a few requirements for this project:
1) It had to be cheap. Duh.
2) It had to easily disassemble and fold up to be stored/stashed out of sight when I entertain.
3) It couldn’t be a major eyesore.
4) It had to leave the original treadmill intact.
And this one met all of those requirements for under $150! If you want to make your own, here’s what you’ll need:
Treadmill – $109.95
Card Table – $25.89
1.5 Yards of Fabric – $7.33
PVC Piping – $5.50
Total Cost – $148.67 (plus tax)
Assembly is pretty straightforward.
1) Put together the treadmill
2) Cut down your PVC
3) Add PVC “legs” to your card table
4) Place it over the handlebars
And that’s it!
The fabric is purely decorative, and it serves to cover the leg joints that aren’t so pretty. See?
The PVC that I used is gray. Who knew PVC came in gray? Turns out it’s for electrical nonsense, but I used it so it would match my decor. Is it the perfect color? Well, I wish it was a little lighter. Is the color compromise worth avoiding the hassle of priming and spray painting white PVC? A million times yes. If you want a different color, you could definitely go with the white piping and spray paint it.
I cut the piping down myself because I went to Lowe’s at 11am on a Saturday, when the entire rest of the planet was there as well. Since it was so crowded and the sales people were rushing around like crazy I felt bad asking them to cut it for me. But even if you have it cut down at the store, it’s worth having a hacksaw at home to make any trims. I initially cut each pipe to 48″ but once I added them to the table it ended up being too tall, so I trimmed them down to 43″. There’s still plenty of clearance on the handlebars and it’s the perfect height for me! That’s another bonus to making your own desk – you can build it to the perfect height just for you!
You may have noticed some bright orange at the back of the treadmill. I can explain. You see, this treadmill had an incline that was a bit too much for me. I mean, the idea of a treadmill desk is to be walking while working, and I kept tripping. So I added two furniture movers to each of the back legs to raise the platform and lessen the incline. They’re not really pretty, but they’re behind me when I’m walking so I don’t really care. (Oh hey, would have been nice if I cleaned off the dog hair before photographing this. Let’s chalk this up to “blogging my truth” or some such nonsense, mkay?)
And so there it is – a treadmill desk that disassembles in a snap, keeps the treadmill intact, matches the living room, and came in at under $150! Not too shabby for one Saturday worth of work. Even Teddy approves, and you know how critical he can be.
One note, while this is easily a one woman job, it would have been helpful to have another pair of (human) hands around when I was trying to place the table over the treadmill. The legs kept slipping off and it took a few tries to get everything on right.
Have you built a treadmill desk? Do you want to? Hit me with any questions you have – I’m happy to help!