Got a wobbly desk that’s driving you mad?
There is nothing more irritating than your desk shaking when you type or click on the mouse. It can ruin your work and strain your arms and wrists.
Desk wobbling is usually easily resolved with a few quick fixes to steady your desk, but if that doesn’t do the trick, we’ve got some other solutions for you.
Keep reading to find out what they are!
1. Tighten Legs
The simplest way to steady your desk is by tightening all four of its legs. Extend each leg out fully and make sure it slides back in easily.
If it’s hard to slide back in then it’s time to tighten that leg. On each leg, you should see a nut or bolt that you’ll need to twist open with an Allen wrench, the same tool you’d use for screwing together your IKEA furniture.
Once open, loosen the bolt and slide the leg back into place, twisting it back down as far as possible.
You can also remove a non-moving part of a leg by unscrewing the top section and sliding out any debris from inside. Then reattach and make sure all legs are tightened securely.
You can even try metal desk legs for extra stability.
2. Add Rubber Feet
Rubber feet act like little suction cups connecting your desk to the floor so it can’t wobble around. Simply attach them below each of your desk’s four legs using the included adhesive.
You might need to cut off or sand down any extra length that’s hanging off, then place your desk in its usual spot so you can decide how much of an angle your feet should have.
Once you’re happy with the placement, press them firmly onto the floor for a few seconds so they stick securely in place.
3. Install Nonslip Backing
This DIY nonslip backing will eliminate all movement on smooth surfaces. You can simply buy nonslip matting at most home improvement stores and attach it to the bottom of your desk using glue or double-sided tape.
It’s easy to cut if necessary, but try it out in one piece first to see if it fits well underneath each of your desk’s legs.
4. Get a Desk Pad
A desk pad will cover the entire surface of your desk and make it practically impossible to slide around. If you don’t want to buy one, some old mousepads or cutting boards work as an alternative.
Just cut them down to size and apply adhesive if necessary. Lots of people like yoga mats since they’re thick and spongy (and cheaper than name-brand mat pads).
They’re great for balancing out any wobbling desk legs that are at slightly different heights, not just stabilizing fallen-over desks!
5. Anchor Your Desk
Finally, consider using screw-in anchors in the wall underneath your desk to keep it from tipping over. It may seem like overkill, but it’s more practical than you think.
If your shaky desk tips over even once it can ruin the entire piece and any papers or electronics that happen to be on the top.
Anchoring your desk will save you cash in the long run since you won’t have to buy a new one!
How to Steady Your Desk
There are plenty of other ways to steady your desk, but we’re just scratching the surface! We have a bunch more articles just like this on our blog to help you with your desk problems.
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