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Build a Treadmill Desk for $500, Including Treadmill !!

Details here:

Treadmill: Merit 725T Plus ($400, delivered)

Desktop: 48″ x 18″ Smooth Laminate Countertop ($35)

Desktop Mounts: Two ea Home Depot Shelf Supports & Brackets ($25)

C-Clamps: Four Home Depot U-Bolts ($10)

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Comment by Steve W. on February 25, 2013 at 2:33pm


Nice idea.  I think I am going to give that a try.  What did you do at the floor with the shelf supports?  My thought would be to put a 2x4 on the floor, drill a hole and have it sit in that. 

Did you just bring the shelf support to the floor? 

Comment by John L on March 2, 2013 at 2:33pm

Steve W,

Yes, the shelf rails sit flush on the floor, stabilized by the upper and lower C-clamps on each side. Ideally, you want to isolate the desk entirely from the treadmill, but the structural costs become higher. I can get up to about 3.0-3.5 MPH before the desk starts vibrating. JL

Comment by Steve W. on March 6, 2013 at 8:17am


Thanks for the update.  I didn't notice the clamp that you put on the bottom holding the shelf rails to the base of the treadmill.  I am assuming you had to drill a hole into the base?

Unfortunately for the treadmill I am working with I haven't been able to get clamps large enough to bolt the shelf rails to the top rail.  I have tried wire ties but they don't seem to hold that well. 

I am considering building a system where the desk is isolated from the treadmill. One item I noticed is that when you raise the treadmill the slope of the surface changes. My treadmill goes parallel with and next to a wall so can at least support it using the one wall. 

One thing you might want to consider is that Container store shelf supports have a system that holds the shelf in place.  I believe their brackets will work with the rails you have.  You actually buy their bracket and a separate item that holds the shelf in place.  I imagine this might be good to use with a treadmill desk. 

To use the container store system you would have to drill holes in the surface you have since they use this for their boards at specific widths. 

Thanks again. 

Comment by John L on March 6, 2013 at 10:40am

Yes, four 2.5" C-Clamps, two at the base (2x2" steel frame) and two at the top fastened to the treadmill handles (1.5" dia). One of the benefits of tying the desktop at the treadmill frame top is the near zero "moment" force. The desktop remains vibration-free and movement-free until 3.0-3.5 MPH. A stand-alone desk exhibits a long moment (think stilts), requiring a significant base and stiff columns. I have a tendency to push or pull on the desk for relief while walking hard. A floor-mounted desk may not remain stable during pushes or pulls.

Comment by Steve W. on March 6, 2013 at 12:30pm


Unfortunately the frame on the treadmill I am working with the handles are 4.5" in height by 2" in width and haven't found a C Clamp that large.  One thought I just had was using the material that some radiator hoses are secured with.  This is a perforated metal that I believe comes in lengths and is screw adjustable for tightness.  I am not sure if I can buy it in the length I would need. 

Good point about "moment" force for an isolated treadmill.  Do you think if  I used a 4x4 horizontal base and then ran 2x4's up to hold the shelving bracket that would be sufficient especially with my securing on side of the stand to the wall?  I would plan to reinforce the 2 x 4's at the base with 90 degree angles. 

Comment by Steve W. on March 6, 2013 at 12:38pm

I would also cross brace between the two shelving brackets. 

Comment by John L on March 6, 2013 at 1:51pm

It's worth a try!


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