Using a monitor stand is a super easy way to free up space on your desk while also giving your work area a sleek look. I don’t have a small desk, but I like to keep my space free of clutter and also liked the idea of storing my laptop under a monitor stand. Ergonomically speaking, monitor stands are also great because they allow you to adjust your monitor’s height so that your line of sight lines up with the center of your monitor, helping to prevent posture and eye strain.
I could have just purchased a nice adjustable monitor stand, but that wouldn’t be me! I didn’t want something plastic or something that looked like it belonged in a cubicle. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money, so I decided to make one out of a piece of pine. I wanted it to coordinate with my desk but not match completely, so I stained the pine part of the stand a dark color, but I matched the peg legs to the white legs on my desk.
Here’s what I used to make my monitor stand:
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- One piece of 10in x 20in pine
- Stain in English Chestnut
- Minwax semigloss polyurethane
- Tack cloth and 220-grit sandpaper
- Liquid Nails
- Ikea Stubbarp peg legs
And here’s how I made it.
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Step 1: I kicked the project off by picking up a 6-foot piece of pine from home depot. The piece was already 10 inches wide, so I had them cut a 20-inch piece off so that I’d have a 10in x 20in piece to work with. (I stowed the rest in a closet for a future project.)
Even though the wood was unfinished, it still needed a good sanding to clean it up, especially around the edges. I used 220-grit sandpaper all over to give the piece a nice smooth finish, focusing on rounding and softening the edges. My desk has edges that are rounded ever so slightly, so I wanted it to look like that.
Step 2: After sanding, I wiped the piece down with tack cloth to remove all sanding residue and put one coat of stain on. I finished the piece off with three coats of polyurethane. Two coats would have been enough, but I think the third coat really gave it an extra polished look. (I made sure to use 220-grit sandpaper to sand lightly between each coat of poly.)
Step 3: I used four Ikea Stubbarp legs to support my monitor stand. They are a great price at $8.50 for a pair, and they aren’t plastic. Since the Stubbarp legs are made for Ikea furniture, they come with an M8 bolt on each leg. However, since my piece of wood was only 3/4 of an inch thick, the M8 bolt was way too big. Instead of cutting the bolt or finding a smaller bolt, I used Liquid Nails to attach the legs to the wood.
See the black indented circles on the bottom of each leg? They are a cool feature that you can twist out a bit if you need to balance slightly unbalanced legs.
And here’s the finished product…
Super easy and effective way to improve your work area…I love it!
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