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.
I am Amanda. Mom to 3 wonderful kids & lots of furbabies. Plus wife to my hubby, David, for 20 years (gosh that makes me sound old). In our house we love to get outside, have family fun, and enjoy all Florida has to offer (Hey, Universal!) We do all of that with a few shortcuts.