I spend a lot of time on my computer during the day, writing articles, editing pictures, sharing on social media, researching topics, etc. As a result, I am sitting down way more than I should be on a regular basis. My solution to get a little more activity into my day without affecting productivity is a treadmill desk!
Luckily, we already owned a treadmill, albeit a rarely used treadmill. 😉 So we just needed to buy a few materials to create the desktop. Peter kept the design simple and it turned out great!
Treadmill Desk Materials
- 3/4″ high-grade plywood
- corner round cabinet trim
- 2 electrical conduit straps
- bungee cord
- finish nails and/or wood glue
- 4 screws
- teak oil (optional)
Cut your plywood to fit on top of your treadmill handrails. This will vary by treadmill model but our desktop is (30″ X 10-1/2″).
Use a finish nailer (or wood glue) to secure a piece of corner round cabinet trim on top of the desk. This will keep your laptop from slipping off the desk.
Add two electrical conduit supports to the sides of the desk. This will allow you use to secure the desk to the treadmill using a bungee cord.
Peter added two 1-1/2″ blocks underneath the front two corners of the desk to keep it level. He used scrap wood leftover from the desktop to make the blocks. The size of these blocks (if they are even necessary for your project) will vary by treadmill model.
Sand the edges and you’re done. Depending upon the material you use and look you want, you could paint it, stain it or just apply a coat of teak oil like we did.
Now the trick is to consistently use my treadmill desk every day!