A lot of people are interested in treadmill desks these days, but they need a solution that gives them an inexpensive space-saving treadmill desk. Most solutions sold on the market these days take up a lot of room and are very cost-prohibitive. But I’ve found an inexpensive, DIY-based space-saving treadmill desk that I love. Every time I tell someone about it, they want to know where they can get it, so I’m going to share it with you today!
A few years ago when I was dealing with severe health issues and was looming closely to having a spinal fusion, one of the things I missed most was being able to simply move. Once I had my health issues behind me, I started to invest in myself. I told my husband I could either continue to pay for therapy that took me away from my day job and my writing and gym memberships that I should use but never actually did—or I could make a one-time investment in the equipment I needed and keep it here at my home office.
One of those things I really wanted was a treadmill desk. Since I’m a fully-remote worker in the day job, there are many days when I never even leave the house. I don’t even get in steps walking across a parking lot from my car or walking down to a cafeteria for lunch. And quite frankly, it was killing my spinal health.
However, I’m a very petite person, so a lot of desk solutions don’t work for me—I even have a children’s sized desk as my regular desk because an ergonomic audit revealed that at 5’3” or so, I am too short to use a typical adult desk (designed for people 5’7”-6’0”) in a way that would support my ergonomic health. In addition to my personal needs, I also have space limitations in my home office. A giant treadmill and stationary table desk were not going to fit anywhere in my house. And a price with a comma in it was not going to fit in my pocketbook.
But I’ve never been one to let limits like that stop me, so I got to work doing research into DIY solutions that others had used. In the end, Amazon made it easy to put together a fantastic space-saving solution that cost me about $300.
The first breakthrough came when I found this folding treadmill. It doesn’t have fancy incline features or anything like that—but I don’t need fancy. I just need to walk at a steady pace. I had seen where some people even took the handlebar off the front, but I didn’t need to do that. The handlebar worked fine with my final setup. All I needed to do was not install the control panel on the handlebar. I just let it hang down and then I rest it on a shelf on the desk part of my setup.
There is a slight incline that I didn’t like, but I solved that with two bricks from Home Depot and a towel under the back bar. The bricks are the perfect height to give me a flat surface to walk on. The treadmill easily folds up—I can do it one handed—and secures with a locking pin. It takes less than a minute for me to get everything set up.
And did I mention the treadmill is pink! Amazon does sell other color options…but why wouldn’t you want a pink treadmill?
The only negative about the treadmill is that it turns off after 30 minutes, but I find this helps me keep track of how long I’m walking. I usually walk about an hour at a time. I did find some reviews that said if you’re very tall/have a long stride, or you’re over a certain weight, this might not be the treadmill for you.
For the desk part, I used a wall-mount desk. I work on a laptop, so there’s not a lot of weight (and the way I have it set up, the handlebar from the treadmill provides extra support when I fold out the base of the wall-mount desk). I found this one on Amazon that is a simple design and seems to be the most space-saving of the options that were on the site at the time I put this together.
The great thing about the wall-mount desk is that it gave me the opportunity to put the desk at the height where I need it from an ergonomic standpoint. I’m able to hold my arms in the right position with this solution and I’m in a good spot for looking at the screen.
When I’m through, I move my laptop back to my regular desk, fold up the wall-mount desk, then fold up the treadmill. The whole setup, when folded, sticks out about a foot and a half. It is about two feet across.
I’ve tried my regular tennis shoes and a pair of Vibram shoes while I’m walking. I’ve actually decided I like walking on my treadmill desk best in these. I don’t get fatigued because I’m walking slowly for a set period of time, but it gives me the chance to use my full foot and my toes and get a feel like barefoot walking. I rotate through—and you need to do what’s best for you—but I find myself coming back to the socks again and again.
This is becoming my favorite place to work. I’ve gotten to a point where I can fully work at a pace of 1.5-2 mph. I won’t win any races at that pace, but that’s not what I’m aiming for. I can work on my health while I work at my job or work on a book. In fact, I’ve typed this whole blog while walking at 2mph.
What about you? Have you tried working on a treadmill desk? Have you been looking for a solution that fits your space and your budget?
A few of my writer friends are sharing where they work too—stop by their blogs and check out their desks! You might find something that inspires you for your own workspace!
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