Cheap Ikea cycling desk

I picked up a bicycle trainer off Craigslist, a Century Fluid trainer someone else was offloading, and have been enjoying using it for workouts post-baby. It does get boring though, so I built a table that fits over it to hold my laptop.

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The table had a few non-negotiable requirements:

  • It needed to be sturdy enough to hold my laptop (easy)
  • It needed to be adjustable vertically so I could either lower it for a real workout or raise it and type on my laptop for some pedaling-while-working
  • It needed to be easily removable
  • It needed to be cheap

I ended up finding the parts I needed in the Ikea IVAR system. I used two 20″ wide by 48″ high sides, one 20″x35″ shelf, and an X bracket to give the whole thing stability.

Bike in "typing" mode

Bike in “typing” mode

The total including tax was under $45.

I pull the table up over the handle bars if I want to type on my laptop, and push it back so it’s more over the front wheel if I want to get an actual workout in. My only complaint is that the seat I have isn’t very comfortable when sitting upright and typing. I may pick up a gel cover to give my butt a break.

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4 thoughts on “Cheap Ikea cycling desk

  1. John says:

    This is great. Do you have the IKEA part numbers you used?

    1. Kelly says:

      The sides are article number 537.558.09 (you’ll need 2), the top is 901.665.76. The cross brace is 877.496.00 and is called OBSERVATOR. Hope that helps!

  2. andy johnson says:

    its $35 now
    thanks for sharing

  3. Kevin says:

    Thanks, this is really helpful and cost efficient! Much appreciated

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