Custom Monitor Stand

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I received a lot of questions about this photo I posted of the monitor stand that I recently built. I thought I'd write a quick post and share the details of what I used and how insanely simple it is. I wanted a way to raise my massive 27" monitor to a better ergonomic eye-level as well as a way to clean up and organize my cluttered desk. Since I couldn't find anything that was exactly what I was looking for I built my own solution with parts from IKEA. A lot of people have negative opinions about the quality of IKEA products, but if you know how to shop the store you can find some great items. For the shelf I used the Ekby Tryggve ($7) which is essentially just a piece of untreated solid pine, and for the legs I used the 4" Capita ($10). I treated the wood with a few coats of stain and polyurethane and then just screwed in the leg brackets when everything was dry. The whole thing only cost around $25 and a couple hours of labor. Not bad :)