IKEA Norberg Standing Desk

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I made our first-ever trip to IKEA. Our shopping list included the parts needed to build a Standest 2200. I’ve been wanting to hop on the standing desk train for some time now and $22 seemed like a reasonable price for a trial run.

Right before the trip I ran across this post from Ben Brooks about his Norberg standing desk. His conclusion:

Overall: cheap, ugly, but perfectly useable.

I was intrigued.

As it turned out, the wall-mounted drop-leaf table checked all of my standing desk boxes:

So, after much thought and deliberation, we left IKEA with a Norberg.

Size

I’ve since installed the desk and I’m really liking it. The size is sufficient, especially since it isn’t the only desk in my office. If it served as my only workspace then it would probably feel a bit cramped. It also folds down and stays out of my way when I’m not using it. Bonus.

It’s worth mentioning that IKEA has two additional wall-mounted drop-leaf tables: Norbo ($39) and Bjursta ($39.99). They are wider and have better color options but they didn’t offer quite as much depth.

Sturdiness

I had concerns about sturdiness and stability, but so far it’s holding up just fine. Instead of trying to hit studs, I have it attached to a whiteboard which has a wood backing that provides extra strength.

I’d sleep better at night if it came with beefier hardware, but this’ll have to do.

Conclusion

If I had it to do all over again, I would make the same decision to go with the Norberg. If you’re looking for an inexpensive standing desk solution and have some wall space to spare, then it might be a good fit for you as well.

✒︎ January 30, 2015 · office · standing desk · Ikea · Productivity & Workflow


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