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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Do it Yourself Discussion! => Topic started by: Parizade on March 08, 2012, 01:02:19 AM

Title: DIY Ergonomic Chair
Post by: Parizade on March 08, 2012, 01:02:19 AM
I did a google search for cheap ergonomic home office chairs and found this site: (

This is my kind of mustachian guy! I think I'll try it.
Title: Re: DIY Ergonomic Chair
Post by: madhadron on March 14, 2012, 01:06:17 PM
I can one up that: get rid of your chair and stand up. I finally gave up tweaking the ergonomic chair I had at work a couple years ago, plopped my monitor on my computer chassis and my keyboard on a convenient cardboard box, and never looked back.

You can build a standing desk for yourself really easily and cheaply. First, stand upright with your arms at your side. Bend your elbows to ninety degrees. Have someone measure the distance from your forearm to the ground. This is the height for your desktop. If you've never had a desk designed at exactly the right height for you before, you're in for a treat. However, it does mean that each person needs their own desk. My desk height is 43". My girlfriend's is 41". I have to pile books on hers to use it.

I built ours by ripping desktops off of a solid core door that we had sitting around, then going down to Home Depot and finding the cheapest decent, unwarped lumber I could find, which turned out to be 8' 2x2 pickets for $1.50 a piece. I had to go through the whole pile to find clean, straight ones. I cut legs out of these (desktop height - thickness of door, obviously). I also got 2 angle brackets and 2 flat brackets for each leg. The legs go on the bottom of the desktop, flush to the corner. The angle brackets go on the two sides into the desktop, and the flat brackets go on the other two sides and the sides of the desktop. I've found that this is stable enough not to need cross pieces.
Title: Re: DIY Ergonomic Chair
Post by: VanishingPoint on March 15, 2012, 05:51:12 AM
Madhadron, that sounds fantastic. Any chance you could post a pic?
Title: Re: DIY Ergonomic Chair
Post by: madhadron on March 22, 2012, 10:24:51 AM
Here's mine, though I haven't gotten around to installing the flat brackets on the outside of the legs.
Title: Re: DIY Ergonomic Chair
Post by: Sherriscott on April 05, 2017, 11:22:25 PM
That looks great idea. Easy and no money.