Ok, I am not a professional nor do I pretend to be, but if there is something that I want bad enough I will figure out how to get it. As a blogger there are many hours a day I am required to be on the computer….just sitting. I have noticed since I began blogging that it hasn’t been good for my health. So we bought a treadmill, which has been great. However, with the busy holiday season upon us I have been working some serious hours and I haven’t had time for my treadmill.
I decided to google “Treadmill Desk” today and my jaw hit the floor. There were some really nice ones at really steep prices…like hundreds of dollars. Well that won’t do. So I got to thinking that I could make one fairly simply, and I was right.
I made a quick trip to Menards (local hardware store) and bought the following.
- 1 – 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ x 36″ Finished shelf (Your length will vary depending on the width of your treadmill) $4.99
- 1 Rubber Pipe Insulation $5.77
- 2 – 4″ Metal Dryer Clamps $2.58
- 1 package of flat head 3/4″ philips screws $1.59
So total I spent $14.93 plus tax a far cry from the thousands I saw!
You are going to want to measure the width of your tredmill from side bar to side bar to make sure you get the right length shelf. Mine was 36″. I gathered all of my supplies and got started.
Now the clamps I got were too big for my treadmill but not a biggie. I just loosened the clamp and just bent it where I wanted it cut. It was that easy to break. Then I just put the clamp back together.
I then screwed the clamps to the bottom of the shelf on each side to line up with my treadmills siderails. I screwed them on so the clamp adjustment would be in an easily accessible place. That way when I want to remove the desk from my treadmill it would be easy.
I then Cut the Pipe insulation to fit around the siderails on the treadmill. It is already slit long ways so I just needed to make it fit the length and just sat it on.
I then picked up the desk top and slid it over the covered siderails. I tightened the clamps, and voila!
I am now the proud owner of a treadmill desk! I can check my emails and update the blog all while I am exercising.
Amanda is a busy mom of 3 that is constantly on the lookout for shortcuts to add more happiness to the day. She loves creating recipes, printables, DIY, and sharing family fun tips with you.