Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Treadmill Desk

I posted on my Facebook page a while back that I got bored one day and decided to get a little handy. I actually used a saw for the first time, by myself, with no one else home. That may not have been the best idea I've ever had, but there was no tears or blood, so we're good. 

I was walking on the treadmill and I had happened to grab the top of an old desk that Hubby had taken off. He used the base of the desk for a radio table. So all that was left was a large flat piece. Well, I wanted to read while I was walking, so I wedged the black table top in between the grab bar of my treadmill and the large part where all of the buttons are. I'm getting real technical here, I know! 

It worked because I was pushing down on the free end, which wedged the other end in even more and it barely moved. Well, then I got to thinking... a dangerous pastime, right? (I've been watching too much Disney!)

I looked around the main room, while I was walking, and saw some old scraps of boards and realized that we have one of those folding TV trays that I could butcher, since we never used it. So I took an old shelf that we got with the house, the top of a folding TV tray, and the top of an old, wheeled computer desk and created ... a treadmill desk!!

I should have taken pictures of the process, but I wasn't all that confident that I could pull it off, to be honest. So I just dove in, hoped I didn't bleed to death, and hoped I didn't ruin anything before Hubby got home! 

I took the shelf and basically cut it in half, to create the sides of the treadmill desk. It was too low to just use the black table top, which you can't see in this picture, so I wanted to build it up a bit. I then just basically screwed the two pieces of the self on both sides of the TV tray and then attached the computer desk top to the bottom.

The black computer desk top is on the very bottom and still wedges in between my grab bar and the panel of buttons, so it stays there just fine, but I wanted to make it a little more sturdy, and support the end that actually holds the computer, especially since I'd probably lean on it a bit.

This part isn't so handy, it's more like I just stuck a long board on top of the handle bars and then wedged a couple of 2x4s in there so the bottom had something to rest on. I don't know if you can follow that, but that's as well as I can describe it. Anyway, here's my treadmill desk!

Sorry about the cruddy iPhone pics. I had Hubby take a couple of pictures for me to document it. You can also see that our main/family room is still a big hot mess. No walls and new electric hanging everywhere. I'll post an update about that tomorrow!

The good thing about my treadmill desk/treadmill is that it currently sits right next to an outlet that is in a light switch, so I can plug in my computer and my phone and all kinds of stuff while I work. I can walk, walk briskly, or just stand while I work. It's pretty great. I'm hoping to make a better version of the treadmill desk eventually, but I'm pretty proud of myself considering I had never used the saw before, I put it together after about ten minutes of planning it out in my head, and I did it out of all scrap pieces we had lying around the house. Woo! : )

Hope you enjoyed my tale of the treadmill desk construction. I'll try to do a better job with pictures and details next time I do something like this. Hope you all have a wonderful week! See you again soon!


  1. Great!! I think you're probably one of the most innovative persons I've ever met! I loved the way you constructed the treadmill and I think it looks professionally made. I've been searching for some treadmill desks that can serve well as a stand-up desk for me at the workplace since I want to lose some weight. I was thinking they might be a bit expensive and quite technical to make. You totally changed my opinion about it. Thanks a lot.

    1. Thank you! I think this is probably one of the most basic and thrown-together treadmill desks out there, lol, but it works. I have no doubt that you could make one too! I don't think I had ever used a saw before this, but I managed alright. You never know what you can accomplish until you try! Let me know how yours turns out and thanks for the comment! : )