Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need a large room to set up a treadmill desk. Of course, having a smaller space can limit your options. However, you can buy or make your own treadmill desk in an area as small as 5′ x 3′ or 5′ x 4′.
I personally like the shorter or foldable treadmills for this exact reason. So, if you need a home office desk to fit into a multi-use guest room, this option makes perfect sense.
Plus, if you plan on using your machine exclusively for working, you just need a small treadmill. Besides saving space, a smaller machine will also save you money.
Note: You don’t even need an *under-desk* treadmill if you can find a regular model where you can detach the arms. This technique can save you money on a machine. Plus, we show you how below in the “Making a Treadmill Desk” section.
Is a Short Treadmill Belt Bad?
Some people worry about the length of the tread area because they feel like they’ll fall off the back. The fact of the matter is that your legs take shorter strides walking vs running. Therefore, this becomes a non-issue at a treadmill desk.
Keep in mind that your body is trying to maintain a sort of balance as it tries to work and walk at the same time, and shorter strides makes this easier. Imagine trying to take big steps while typing on the computer and talking on the phone… Point made.
Making a Treadmill Desk to Fit Your Small Space
The Exerpeutic small walking treadmill (without the desk) measures less than 3′ x 5′, and you can either attach a clip-on desk (similar to a computer stand for a treadmill) or build your own. We show you how to easily remove the top portion of the machine so that you can slide it under a work standing desk if you want.
I think that this is the best treadmill for small spaces due to the fact that:
- It is a well-made piece of equipment by a trusted company at an affordable price.
- You can remove the top arms of the machine if you want to build your own desk.
- It is electric rather than manual, so it is hassle-free while you’re working.
You have a variety of options as far as homemade standing desks go. Some people buy shelving units, other people lay a piece of shelving across the arms of the treadmill and secure it. If you plan on using your machine up against a wall, you can alternatively build a wall shelf that extends over the top of the treadmill and far enough out so that you can work on it.
The other option is to simply buy a small treadmill and desk combination that is compact. There is minimal assembly, and you won’t have to build your own desk.
I’ll be honest, there aren’t many options on the market. What you want to look for is a machine with about a 40″ belt length. This will keep the length of your workstation under 5′ when you figure in the size of the motor and frame.
If you don’t want to mess with figuring out a desk, this is a great choice. However, it is better for people who are taller than 5’5″ due to the fact that the desk is a pre-set height and is not adjustable.