Plan and gather materials
Before you start building your DIY monitor stand, you’ll need to plan and gather all the necessary materials. The type of stand you want to make will depend on your preferences, available space, and the number of monitors you have. Consider the size and weight of your monitors, as well as any additional features you may want, like storage space or adjustable height.
Once you have a clear idea of what you want, make a list of the materials you’ll need. This could include wood, screws, brackets, a power drill, a saw, sandpaper, and paint or stain to finish the stand. You may also want to have a measuring tape, a level, and a pencil handy for accurate measurements and markings.
Measure and cut the wood
Using your measuring tape, measure the dimensions of your monitors and the desired height and width of the stand. Make sure to account for any additional features or storage space you want to incorporate. Once you have the measurements, use a saw to cut the wood into the appropriate lengths and pieces.
Take your time to ensure that the cuts are accurate and clean. A mitre saw or circular saw will give you the best results, but a hand saw can also work. If you’re not confident in your cutting skills, consider asking a friend or family member with experience to help you.
Assemble the stand
With your pieces of wood cut to the right dimensions, it’s time to assemble the stand. Start by attaching the main frame of the stand using screws and brackets. Use a power drill to make pilot holes for the screws and make sure everything is level and aligned before tightening them.
Next, attach any additional shelves or compartments you want to incorporate. Again, use screws and brackets to secure them in place. If you’re creating an adjustable stand, you may need to use specialized hardware like hinges or drawer slides to allow for movement.
Take your time during this step to ensure everything is sturdy and secure. Wiggle the stand and apply pressure to make sure it can withstand the weight of your monitors without wobbling or collapsing.
Sand and finish the stand
Now that your DIY monitor stand is assembled, it’s time to give it a smooth and polished finish. Use sandpaper to sand down any rough edges, corners, or surfaces. This will not only make the stand look better but also prevent splinters or injuries.
After sanding, wipe down the stand with a clean cloth to remove any sawdust or debris. If you want to give your stand a more polished look, you can apply a coat of paint or stain. Choose a color or finish that matches your office decor and apply it evenly using a paintbrush or roller.
Allow the paint or stain to dry completely before moving on to the next step. This may take a few hours or even overnight depending on the product you’re using. Make sure to read the instructions on the paint or stain can for specific drying times.
Set up your monitors
Once your DIY monitor stand is fully dry and finished, it’s time to set up your monitors on top. Place each monitor securely on the stand, making sure they’re centered and aligned properly. Adjust the height and angle of the monitors to your preferred viewing position.
Before connecting the monitors to your computer, make sure all the cables and wires are neatly organized and hidden. You can use cable clips, zip ties, or cable management solutions to keep everything tidy and prevent tangling.
Test the stability of the stand and make any necessary adjustments. If you find that the monitors are not secure or the stand is wobbling, reinforce the joints or add additional support as needed.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully built a DIY monitor stand for your office. Enjoy the ergonomic benefits and added storage space it provides, all while adding a personal touch to your workspace.