Pipe is a great option when it comes to building a standing desk:
- It Looks Great - Pipe has a great industrial look that adds a modern feel to your environment.
- It's Customizable - Pipe can be cut on site or by the store to create a desk height that is an exact fit to your size.
- It's Easy to Build With - Building with pipe requires relatively little skill and only a few tools (as opposed to wood)
- It's Solid - Pipe creates a rock solid base which can support a desktop of just about any shape, size and weight.
- It's Cost Effective - Pipe and fittings may seem like a costly option, but when compared to other standing desks on the market or building it yourself with wood, I think you'll find its a very cost effective option for building a frame for your desk.
Perhaps the biggest hassle when building with pipe is having to deal with the threaded ends and threaded fittings. Twisting the fitting into the right location can be time consuming and difficult.
Kee Klamp fittings are an alternative to plumbing fittings. They are easier to use and have a great finished look. Kee Klamps use a set screw that bites into the pipe to form a solid, structural connection.
The ten projects listed below have been built by our customers using pipe and Kee Klamp fittings. Be inspired by their work and build your own standing desk by selecting your own fittings, using one of our table frame kits or tapping into our project assistance.
Standing Desk with a Back Shelf
Brian used Kee Klamp as the base for the main desk and then used plumbing fittings to attach the shelf riser in the back of the desk. The frame of the standing desk is overbuilt to give it a strong, industrial look. Brian's standing desk uses a configuration similar to this popular DIY standing desk.
Desktop Standing Desk
Chris, from Rochester, NY, used Kee Klamp to build a "sled" that supports a monitor and keyboard tray. He uses this as a "second space". He can move from his sitting desk to his standing desk with relative ease. Modeled from this "sled desk", the pipe and fittings attach directly to the VESA bracket in the back of the monitor. This desk offers great versatility. It can be moved when needed and makes a great solution for anyone who is trying to build a standing up desk on top of an existing desk. Because the unit is made with pipe, it offers the weight needed to offset the weight of the Apple Cinema Display.
Two Level Standing Desk
The standing desk pictured above was built by Gabe Diaz. This desk was actually his third project using pipe and Kee Klamp fittings. He built a coffee table and bed from pipe as well (blog post coming soon). Gabe came up with the idea of having two different levels to his standing desk. The lower portion of the desk works as a working surface and the upper portion doubles as a shelf and a higher work area.
Gabe started off with his own idea, but then tapped into our design services team to help him get the exact list of fittings and pipe he needed to build his desk. A member of our projects team worked up this SketchUp diagram of Gabe's desk to ensure that all the pipe lengths would be cut just right.
Long Standing Desk with Integrated Bottom Shelf
Building a standing desk to suit your needs is one of the primary advantages of using Kee Klamp and pipe. This desk is a great embodiment of that idea. You simply won't find a standing desk on the market that looks like the desk pictured above. This customer wanted to have a spot for two separate computers and a long shelf underneath the desk to store books. He was able to build his own desk at a fraction of what it would cost to have something like this made by a carpenter.
Simple Standing Desks
These standing desks were used to outfit an entire office. They used black pipe to present a contrasting color against the galvanized fittings. These desks look great and are a low-cost, highly-durable solution for office standing desks. The basic table frame kit will provide you with the fittings and pipe you need to build this standing desk.
Another great option for standing desks in the office is our adjustable height table frame kit. This kit allows you to build a desk that can be set in a standing or sitting configuration. It also allows for finite adjustments so that the desk can be adjusted to the ideal ergonomic height of the individual.
Hidden Peripherals Standing Desk
Chris, from Richmond, VA, came up with a creative solution for managing his computer peripherals out of sight:
I wanted a sit/stand computer desk. However, I really dislike a few things about most computer desks these days. The big item is that there is generally no good place to store all the "stuff" that goes with computers except by piling it all on the desktop. For my desk, I build a large box, essentially, with a split top that lifts off to give me access to the interior. No drawers to snag cables, but I still had full access. Since wood is actually a decent insulator, I added some air holes and fans to keep the components inside the desk cool. I call this version my prototype since I built it to test the idea. I've used it for about 8 months now and I'm working on the next version.
See more pictures of Chris' setup on Flickr.
Stand Up Study Desk
Sims from Nashville, TN built his own standing desk and had this to say about the experience:
My buddy in my study group encouraged me to work standing up. i had already been exploring options. I went to many websites, called about half a dozen furniture people and finally found this option online. I didn't go with the adjustable option but the legs can easily be modified if i decide to sit again. The desk was pretty simple to put together even though I am not very handy. Thank you for posting the video and dimensions to your site!
Standing Desk with Carbon Fiber Effect
Marlon went all out to build this gaming desk. Using the same basic frame as this DIY standing desk, he coated a piece of fiber board in carbon fiber tape that he found on eBay. He added a keyboard tray and a shelf on the bottom of the desk. The black on black effect really makes the silver fittings stand out.
Marlon says: "With the Kee Klamps everything is so easy to assemble and can handle heavy stuff. I'm so happy with my new desk."
Standing Desk Built for those "On the Move"
Ladson, wanted to build a standing desk to enhance his studies. He used a Kee Klamp and pipe frame for the base and attached it to a pine top using carriage bolts.
I found an cheap pine table top online and cut it down to 60"x30" to be used as a standing computer desk and workspace as I begin engineering school. At first, I thought about how best to secure the table top to the frame itself. Wood screws were the obvious choice, but they did not seem most functional for long-term use if I needed to breakdown and move the table. So, I settled on counter-sunk machine bolts that matched the gator tubing and provided a nice contrast on the black painted wood surface. Overall, the table frame and table top connected together with the help of some shims where the underside surfaces didn't match up. Finally, I mounted a surge protector to the underside of the table to provide easy access for power cords.
One thing that Ladson didn't realize before building his project was that Kee Klamp makes it easy to disconnect the top from the pipe frame. Loosening the pipe in the flanges attached to the desktop would have made the top detachable. People are moving around more than ever these days and portability is an added benefit. Standing desks built with Kee Klamp can be reassembled time and time again. The hardware is attached, making it more difficult to lose and because the components are steel they are not likely to be broken.
Ikea Hack Standing Desk
Jason Howie submitted these pictures of his DIY standing desk. He used an IKEA shelf and desktop for his desk. I might also call this the Windows 8 standing desk :) Jason used a standard configuration that can be found in many of the other desks on this page. Jason did a complete write up on his standing desk that you can find on his blog.
You're Inspired! Now What?
If you've been inspired to build your own standing desk with pipe and Kee Klamp you've got a couple different ways to move forward.
- If you're the creative type, just dig into our online catalog and build your dream desk with the fittings you find there.
- If you're looking for a leg-up in the DIY process, then you've got two other options:
Bonus: More Standing Desks
If you're looking for further inspiration, there are many other standing desks in our projects area. A few of them are linked at the bottom of this blog post. The rest can be accessed in the Table and Desk category of our projects area.