I’m going to tell you a little story right now about how I almost died. I’ve been writing this blog for 5 years. That means 5 years of sitting at a desk with my shoulders all hunched up and my head tilted forward and my legs dangling from a chair because contrary to what it looks like on the Internet, I’m actually about the size of a kidney bean. From sitting at a desk for 5 years my body has been all squinched and bent and mashed into a peculiar shape.  I have blogger bod.


That’s an actual photograph of me. I thought I was standing straight. A life of blogging means a lot of time spent at a desk writing, photoshopping, emailing advertisers and watching cat videos on YouTube.  It’s the same for anyone who spends a lot of time working at a desk.

I noticed 3 things after blogging for a few months.  I’d gained 5 pounds, my muscles from the base of my neck to my shoulders were REALLY tight and I was getting constant headaches.

When things got really bad I’d lug all 3 pounds of my laptop downstairs (which was a great deal of effort for someone who now spent all day sitting), and I’d set it up on my kitchen counter so I could stand while I worked. My muscles instantly relaxed.

I looked into standing desks and then walking desks when they started to get popular but the cost of your average walking desk is $2,000. And they’re HUGE.  And with those desks your head is STILL tilted downwards if you’re using a laptop which defeats the purpose of getting a walking desk if the point is to improve your posture.

So last January I changed my life by building my own walking desk for a mere $250 which included the price of the treadmill.  That’s right.  Treadmill and all for $250!  And here’s how I did it. (don’t worry a rundown of the instructions and materials will be at the end of the post)

folding-shelf For a walking desk you need a place for your keyboard and a place for your laptop or monitor.  The monitor should be at eye level with your head in a neutral position.  So, not tilted up or tilted down. The keyboard should be lower than you think.  Most people think your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle but they should actually be lower than that in order for your shoulders to relax. idealtyping So to set up your DIY walking desk all you have to do is install 2 shelves.  One for your monitor and one for your keyboard. waking-desk1

The top shelf is a floating shelf that measures 24″ wide by 2″ thick by 10″ deep.  This is the size you need if you’re going to put a monitor or laptop on it.  It has the size and strength to hold your very expensive piece of computer equipment.


The bottom shelf holds your wireless keyboard, mouse pad (Apple track pad in this case) and drink. This shelf is a folding shelf made by attaching a shelf board to folding shelf brackets.  That means if I want to fold the treadmill up and get it out of the way I just have to flip down the shelf and the treadmill can be folded up right where it is.  More on that later.


So far all we have are 2 shelves on a wall, but add in the smallest, most portable treadmill available anywhere and you have a DIY walking desk for the total cost of $250. I spent a LOT of time figuring this out. I looked at small treadmills that just fit under your desk and I looked at getting a big used treadmill off of Kijiji.

Trust me when I tell you if you want to make a walking desk, especially for a small area this is the treadmill to buy. The Confidence Power Plus Treadmill clocks in at $199 with free shipping, is only 49″ inches long and 24″ wide at its widest part.  They say it’s useable for someone up to 250 pounds.

If you’re in Canada the link might not work.  If it doesn’t, just click here and search “Confidence Power Plus Treadmill”.  The item is only sold in America but does ship to Canada.



It’s a regular treadmill with everything you need in a walking desk treadmill.  It monitors your speed, time, distance and calories burned. You can set whatever speed you want from a slow walk to a fast run.  The speed range of the treadmill is from 0.6 m.p.h to 6.2 m.p.h.  (that’s around 1km per hour to 10 km per hour)  That’s the thing about this.  It’s an American product so it reads in Imperial, not metric.  You have miles per hour for speed and miles for distance.


To full out run on the treadmill, you just have to fold down your folding desk to give you more room.  If you don’t want to do that and you have the space, you can just pull your treadmill away from the shelf a little bit to give yourself some room. Your floating shelf that holds your monitor stays put so you can continue to read (as if) or watch a TV show while you’re running.


The other reason why installing a folding shelf is important if you have a small space is because you can fold the shelf down and then fold up the treadmill.

table-down   folding-up-treadmill

If you use the shelving sizes I recommend, everything will fold up into a 10″ x 24″ space.


Which leaves you all this space for filming your own YouTube cat videos.

DIY Walking Desk


24″ x 10″ x 2″ floating shelf

Folding Shelf Brackets

24″ x 14″ x 5/8″ Melamine Shelf (note you will have to cut 4″ off  of this shelf to make it 20″ wide otherwise it won’t fit in between the bars of the treadmill)  You can also buy iron on edge tape to cover up your cut. I couldn’t find a 5/8ths one on Amazon, this one is 3/4″ and would need to be cut down slightly to fit your 5/8ths shelf.

Confidence Power Plus Treadmill  (If you’re in Canada the link might not work. Just click here and type “Confidence Power Plus Treadmill in the search bar)


  1.  Hang floating shelf on wall (according to package directions) so your computer screen will be eye level for you.
  2. Attach the floating shelf brackets to your melamine shelf and hang (according to package directions) at a level so your arms will be hanging slightly down when they reach the keyboard on it like you can see in the ergonomic diagram earlier in the post)
  3. Roll your treadmill into place.

Done. For Canadians it’s cheaper to buy your shelf stuff online from Home Depot.  You can get the floating shelf here and the folding brackets here.  For your melamine shelf check out the Home Depot, Canadian Tire or Home Hardware.  You may need to cut it to fit.  If you DO cut your shelf to fit you can also buy iron on melamine edge tape to cover up your cuts.



The only thing you absolutely have to buy on Amazon is the actual Confidence Treadmill.  Unlike when I bought it, they now ship the treadmill Canada!  Everything else can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes. This treadmill is only available on American Amazon, so I ordered it from there with the free shipping and had it delivered to a CBI shipping address in the States for $6.  Then I drove over to Buffalo to pick it up.

As soon as I got the treadmill home I set it up and was using it within a day.  My headaches went away almost immediately, I lost those 5 pounds and my shoulders have sunk down from my ears to a more appropriate place.  All 3 ailments resolved within a few weeks of using a Walking Desk.

I was so excited I almost died.


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  1. Hi Karen!

    I discovered your blog while scouring the web for the leanest, meanest foldable walking desk setup on the market. And before I continue, I must confess that between your blog topic, writing style, and passion for sneaky deals and extremely detailed instructions, I have been left reconsidering if long-lost internet soulmates do, in fact, exist.

    Anyway, words cannot express how much I appreciated this blog post. I live in a 325 square foot apartment in downtown Manhattan that I share with my 14-lb. dog and 6’4″ fiance, so truly, I live by the slogan, “NO SQUARE INCH LEFT BEHIND!”

    I’m nearly ready to pull the trigger on purchasing all of the walking desk setup materials you recommended, except one — the treadmill. I keep running into the same issue with regard to the particular treadmill you listed, and I was hoping you might be able to assist.

    Prior to buying the Confidence Power Plus Treadmill on Amazon, I combed through the detailed reviews and seller information for the current item for sale. My research led me to discover that this treadmill is currently only being sold by one particular seller, Shop247. (They are the sole seller fulfilling orders for this treadmill on several other sites as well, e.g., Walmart, NewEgg, eBay.)

    The problem is that the reviews for Confidence Power Plus Treadmill purchases fulfilled by this seller have been extremely negative. It seems that they either selling a knockoff version of this treadmill, or some type of defective model.

    I haven’t been able to find any other treadmills that meet all of my criteria like this one does, but I’m reluctant to purchase this item from Shop247 given the negative feedback. Do you have any other recommendations for alternate models that fit the bill?

    Thanks so much, and keep up the awesome content!! :)


    • Karen says:

      Hi Meredith! Thanks so much, I’m glad you found me. Especially with your 325 square feet, lol. Although that IS 325 square feet in Manhattan soooooo it’s an enviable 325 square feet. I haven’t searched for another compact treadmill since finding things one. At the time it was the only one. What exactly are the bad reviews on the treadmill? If someone is expecting it to perform like a $1,500 treadmill then they will obviously be disappointed. Because it’s a $100 treadmill, lol. BUT mine has done well and lasted but I mainly walk on it as opposed to running. I have run on it and it’s fine but it has a short tread so you can’t take huge strides. Like your boyfriend could definitely not run on it. My only suggestion is for you to buy it and if it ISN’T any good to try to return it or (more likely) sell it on Craigslist or Facebook. I know. Not much help. :/ ~ karen!

    • Jessica DePriest says:

      Meredith, I’m late to this party, but the Sunny brand has a great under desk treadmill for under $400. Check their website. :)

  2. Nadja Burmatoff says:

    okay, well that’s it, you’ve convinced me yet again, I have a treadmill that’s in great condition and I never use it…..and I want to, darn it, I want to train again….so I’m building me a treadmill desk just like yours!!!! Thank you!!!!!!! My butt is going to look amazing.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Several years on now, I came back to this post and I’m curious about how the treadmill has held up?
    I looked up the treadmill on Amazon and there are several questions of customers asking how to keep it from stopping every 30 mins. Does yours stop at 30 mins?
    I’m trying to find the perfect spot for a setup like this…working from home is definitely changing my body for the worse.

  4. Brenna says:

    Hi Karen. I’m thinking of setting one of these up in my cubicle at work and was wondering how well the treadmill has held up and if it’s quiet enough to use in a shared work space. Thanks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Brenna! The treadmill has held up great. It isn’t particularly loud but I’m not sure people would love you using it in a shared work space. Remember it does have a motor. I guess it depends on how bustling your office is. If it’s very quiet then yes, it would probably bug people. But if not, it should be fine. ~ karen!

  5. kathleen says:

    I just tried to order from and it said free shipping but when I was checking out, they would only offer standard shipping for $200. I’m so disappointed. Don’t live near a border town.

    • Karen says:

      You’ll have to do what I did Kathleen. Order it and have it delivered to a delivery service place just across the border. For me, that was in Buffalo. About a 45 minute drive for me. WAY beats paying some insane delivery charge. Plus it gave me a chance to run to Target, lol. ~ karen!

  6. Mel says:

    I ordered the treadmill from your link! It’s here already! However, the instructions with it for assembly are horrible. I’ve gotten the black rubber bumpers & 4 screws attached to the back of the treadmill, but I’m puzzling over what to do with the other screws and bits. Help!?!?!

    Also, man this thing is light! I can lift it with one hand! Sweet!

    • Mel says:

      Ok – the long bolt with the black handle is to secure the treadmill when I fold it up. The shortest thin bolt with the black knob is to “secure” the little control panel at preferred angle on the handlebars. I have one left over, no clue what it’s purpose is!

      • Karen says:

        Hi Mel! I’m sorry I didn’t get your message until now. It was almost a year ago so I don’t actually remember how I put the treadmill together! I don’t remember it being a problem but it’s entirely possible the design has changed since I ordered it. I don’t even have a bolt to secure the treadmill when I fold it up. At least I don’t think I do, lol! Maybe I was less tenacious than you and chucked that particular piece. ~ karen!

        • Mel says:

          It’s all good, I don’t think it’s essential. I got this because… oh this is almost ridiculous… I have a 2 & a half year old high-energy Australian Cattle Dog. He broke a toe. He’s re-injured it zooming around like a fool at the dog park. And they say “El Nino is coming! The rains are coming!” and no one likes spending two hours in the rain on leash trying to tire out a dog to the point that he’ll let one sleep through the night. We’ve only tried introducing it twice today but he’s at least gotten all four paws up on it while it’s running a couple times, and he’s getting more confident getting front paws on. We’ll get there! They are known for being stubborn and skeptical. I may be known for my patience, but I bet I can out stubborn him!

  7. Laura Bee says:

    Ohhh, I have been feeling my back, neck & shoulders aching more since re-opening my Etsy shop back in February. And that 5lbs found my ass too. I honestly don’t know where I’d put it though. If I did it with the pc & got rid of the big desk – where would I put all the crap that’s on it!? (Time for another 50 thing purge…) Fantastic idea.

  8. Sera says:

    I looooooove this idea! I wish I could do this in my office. Unfortunately it’s a shared office and it would be really weird. But I kind of still want to order this super cheap treadmill to try to make up for my 7 hours of sitting during the day. I don’t walk very much anymore and I can’t leave the house after I put the babe to bed. I really really want this. Merry Christmas to me??

    • Karen says:

      It was MY Merry Christmas to me last year Sera! I ordered it right after Christmas and picked it up the beginning of January. :) ~ karen!

      • Sera says:

        So that means that you’ve been using this for 11 months now?! For how much time per day? That’s a pretty good treadmill for the money. Really. I want one.

  9. Ginny says:

    I ordered the Treadmill yesterday morning and it was just like Karen said – $199 free shipping and it just arrived on my doorstep! Never got anything that fast! They must know I need it. I am not a blogger but I do spend a lot of time on the computer. It is all Pinterest fault! That’s my story anyway. I had the same issues – neck and back pain, headaches – and I did the same thing. I set my tablet up on my kitchen bar and that did help but I also like to read in bed and I get a headache every night. I can’t sleep on the treadmill- unless Karen can come up with a plan for that! but I think it will help with the other stuff and just not spending so much time sitting on my ass. Can’t wait to take it out of the box!

  10. kelli says:

    Fantastic idea, glad it works for you. For me, not so much. I haven’t tried a walking desk yet, BUT I tried a standing desk at work several months ago (IKEA is literally across the road from us). For over a month, I switched it up every couple hours, Standing then sitting; sitting then standing. But then had to shorten the switchup time. Why? Well, my ankles swole, my feet hurt, my knees hurt, my back hurt, and I was extremely unproductive (because in my head all I could think of was “ow ow ow ow ow”).

    Went back to a more or less “normal” office set up and my body went back to normal too. So does this mean I’m actually stuck in a permanent “blogger” shape?

  11. Jen Morris says:

    DUH, obv not possible when using a laptop. Ignore me, it’s been a long day.

  12. Jen Morris says:

    I love this! I’d actually wall mount the monitor for an even more streamlined look.

  13. Jessica says:

    Karen, I just can’t get used to your new site! You seem to have lost your homepage. As a regular reader it is not easy to tell what the latest post is. Without a homepage your SEO is up the wall, now when I Google ‘the art of doing stuff’ your homepage is nowhere to be found, it only navigates me to one of your dropdowns or your Pinterest site. Also, could not find a way to message you other than SM. Reader #teethingproblems.

    • Karen says:

      Ha. Nope, my home page is still here. But thanks for bringing it to my attention. Selina (from WayLay) changed some SEO thing and now we’re looking into changing it back because my Google referrals have dropped which I never would have thought to check if you hadn’t mentinoed it. Should be fixed soon. As far as where to look for the newest post go to the homepage ( and the newest post will always be the first one of the small thumbnails. I’m going to try to keep the large initial post be a collection of something interesting. Like DIY Xmas gifts, or organizational tricks, or fave soup recipes … ~ karen!

  14. Patty says:

    Just ordered the treadmill. After your review and my own research it sounded perfect for my wants and needs. Thanks for the post!

  15. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    My old dry eyes are reading this just fine…they are saying thank you for the gray…I like that small treadmill…I bet I could fit it somewhere in this little house…Unfortunately my car is dying and I don’t even have money to replace it…if I have to ride taxi’s I will be one grumpy ass old lady…Great idea anyhow Karen..My heart Doctor would love it if I had a set-up like that…..

  16. sj says:

    I don’t have plans to do this idea any time soon, but….after your reminder about how bad sitting is for you (especially for us seniors!) I immediately walked away from the laptop. I intended to do one thing, but that led to other activities, and 3 hrs later I was done and found myself on a walk–outside! Thank you, thank you, thank you :D

  17. izzy says:


  18. Stephanie says:

    This is brilliant and much easier than all the other DIY Walking Desk methods I’ve cruised online., which typically involve removing the treadmill handles and rewiring the controls to sit elsewhere, and then building a table thing over the end of the treadmill. Thanks for the genius easy version.

  19. Kim C says:

    Yup, Betty’s correct!
    I am going to try and incorporate a small shelf into my existing treadmill set up. Right now I have to bungee cord my tablet and small ipod speaker to the display. This shelf idea of yours is pure genius.
    Thanks again for all the time you put in to show us how easily things can get done when we just put your minds to work. :)

  20. Bonnie G. says:

    Karen, I have not been around for a while but I am glad to be here today! I do not write a blog but spend mucho time on my computer: reading my favorite blogs, shopping, researching, Facebook, etc. so what could be better than to keep moving while doing just that. You are a wise woman!
    As for Mindy’s hubby , his ego is stuck amid his technical expertise and the common sense to keep his lips zipped.

  21. Devra cooper says:

    I can read the black on grey on my iPad, but the pale orange hyperlinks … not so much.

    Love your idea … Wouldn’t feel guilty spending so much time sitting at desk googling, reading facebook, etc. if I’m standing and even walking at the same time.

    • Karen says:

      Plus for $250, no huge loss if you don’t use it. As opposed to a $1,500 treadmill! (I’m working on finding a better colour for the links) ~ karen!

  22. Marta says:

    Had to pin this one. Even if you exclude the treadmill, this is still brilliant. Love the fact that the “desk” folds back to the wall.

  23. Jennie Lee says:

    My 62-year-old eyes read the black letters just fine. It’s the yellow ones you use to emphasize certain things that are hard for me to see. IF you are able to change them to blue or burnt orange or something, it would be great. Hunching forward to read yellow letters is giving me “blogger bod”!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jennie Lee! Yes, I’m going to change that colour. It’s really easy to read on a laptop but hard to see on an iphone or ipad. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a colour that works for all yet doesn’t offend my very delicate aesthetic sensibilities, lol. ~ karen!

  24. brenda says:

    This is freakin’ awesome! I just bought the treadmill on your recommendation….I’ll tell my hubby to suck it if he thinks:
    a) I wont use it or
    b) it’s a waste of $$$

  25. Tigersmom says:

    This is brilliant! Leave it to you to be tenacious enough to come up with and implement such a great solution.

    To your health!
    (That was me toasting your health with my coffee. I’m about as good at drinking alcohol as you are.)

  26. Mary says:

    Hi Karen,

    Lovely idea!! But if you only have one laptop, how can I put the keyboard on the lower shelf and screen on higher one??? I really can’t take apart the laptop?? or can I?? or am I missing something here?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary! Sorry, I’m assuming you know you need a wireless keyboard. You can buy a wireless keyboard like my Apple one for $64. It will work with an iPad or laptop. I’ll go update my post with that information now. :) ~ karen!

  27. Ev Wilcox says:

    Well, I guess my old eyes are not as old as I thought! I prefer the grey background! And still love the new font. When I am stea, I mean graciously copying recipes, I use a similar font, always!
    Your walking desk setup is great!

  28. Alice says:

    Here it is, says they ship to Canada:

    Sorry, don’t know if that will be a live link or you’ll have to cut and paste into browser.

    • Alice says:

      I see it’s live. Hooray!

      • Karen says:

        Hi Alice! The issue is you can ONLY buy the treadmill on the American website. But when I link to it the reader is automatically taken to the Canadian site. Grr. That’s what’s causing all the confusion. Anyhow, I’ve added in instructions to the post on how to get around that. ~ karen!

  29. Kat says:

    This is absolutely fabulous Karen, you are a genius!!!! About your new look, I have old eyes and I do find your new site very soothing on them. (It took you long enough LOL) Now the only thing I would change about your set up with the treadmill would be to change the wall your using. If you put it on that wall where the electrical outlet is your cord is hidden and more importantly you could look outside once in awhile without having to turn around and go flying off the treadmill. Ones back should never be to a window. This small change would be a pain in the but as you would have to repair all the holes you just made and repaint the wall but the benefits of looking outside while working your butt off would give you so much more pleasure!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kat! Thanks. Glad to know. I don’t find the text difficult to read at all but clearly there are a few that do. The treadmill is best on the wall that it’s on for me. There’s a window to the right which you can’t see and it doesn’t stick out into the main part of the room which it would a little bit if it was placed the other way. That seemed like a really weird and long sentence. ~ karen!

  30. Kiara says:

    Links are dead! I need that treadmill

  31. Heather says:

    You are just brilliant!

  32. Mary W says:

    Blogger bod? I have Type II Blogreader Bod and the need for exercise is doctor recommended for life. I have little room, just enough for a recliner with a laptop shelf. Every wall is covered with shelves except for one tiny wall. This will soon be covered with your FANTASTIC idea. Outside walking the dog is free and fresh air, but I sweat like a pig (actually pigs don’t sweat which is why they prefer wet dirt to keep cool) and my dog gets distracted easily and can’t walk far with her collapsed trachea. So now I don’t even walk much. Its a hard life, watching laptop all day! I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get this done. You have saved my life – love you girl!

  33. Debbie says:

    The Amazon links are not working for me………… waaaaaaaaaaa

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debbie! They must have sold out on the treadmill! Not to worry, I’ve updated the links to another seller (same price and free shipping to US, not sure of cost of shipping to Canada but they do deliver to Canada) ~ karen!

  34. gabrielle says:

    I’ve been computing full time+ since 1989. Often under great pressure. Plus, I have anxiety disorder. I’m sure this would have helped in the early days, but now I couldn’t identify a ‘neutral’ position anywhere in my body, even if I had any feeling left. My G.P. says my entire back is made of cement. Even whirlpool doesn’t help, because I get jumpy when I’m not doing anything. When Neil Young said it’s better to burn out than fade away, he didn’t have a clue. Medically induced coma, anyone?

  35. Karol says:

    Hmmm, I’m not convinced. I can’t do anything on a treadmill except hold on or maybe swing my arms. I can’t imagine what my text would look like if I tried to type on a keyboard and walk at the same time. Given, I’m hold as dirt, but really? I see people in my neighborhood walking and reading a book at the same time, and that just about triggers a vertigo episode thinking about it.

    • Karen says:

      There’s definitely a bit of a learning curve, lol. But you just walk slowly. It’s just enough to make you move so you’re not sitting. Sitting is so bad for you. You a even just stand, but walking is a bit better. And anyone can walk while reading emails. Or watching cat videos. ~ karen!

  36. Eileen says:

    I love all this, but it’s based on the theory of being able to “chew gum and walk” at the same time. I’m afraid I’d become engrossed something on the screen and forget to walk!!!! Coordination is an acquired talent for me. Great idea, though!!!

    • Maggie says:

      You can still use a standing desk though–Google varidesk for a reasonable desk topper that converts your existing desk to standing. Good standing mat there also.
      To try it out free temporarily, test out putting your computer on boxes. I swear even standing gives you more energy than sitting all day!

  37. Kathryn says:

    Apparently the treadmill is sold out :( They’re suggesting a big one for $759 so I’ll have to look around for another small one.

    Good idea having the small folding one — it’s not much more than a really good chair which will try to kill you — if you love it you can get a bigger, better treadmill later.

    • Karen says:

      They are sold out. But use this link Kathryn (make sure you’re on the AMERICAN Amazon, not Canadian_ Same price and free shipping and they deliver to Canada. ~ karen!

      • Kathryn says:

        It’s telling me $200 for shipping (for a total of $399 US which is about a million dollars Canadian) so I think I’ll just look around locally.

        Thanks for the update.

        • Karen says:

          Yikes! Well I can tell you that you won’t find it locally. It doesn’t exist. I looked for over a month. If you live near a border do what I did which was have it shipped to the states and drive and pick it up. Barring that, I’d contact the seller and ask if they can lower the shipping. 8 times out of 10 they can. ~ karen!

        • Dahn says:

          I tried to add a link and it says it cant find it.
          Just Google Confidence Power Plus Motorized Electric Treadmill and then look for the site. Be careful you are not in the site.
          I can get it free delivery to the Arctic, so I know its the right link.

        • Kathryn says:

          Hey Dahn,

          No, I’m quite definitely on .com (it did take me to .ca, but I switched it back) and it’s quite definitely saying that shipping to my address (not in the Arctic) is 200.00 US. I’m not saying it’s not a great idea, just not for me at that price. I will keep an eye out for something reasonable.

          (Another webmaster note — I’m not sure if it’s because a comment thread is of limited length, but I can’t reply to DAHN, only to my own message or the first reply).

        • Karen says:

          Hi Kathryn! Uch. I’m playing around with how many comments can “nest”. Apparently once you get to comment number 4 on an iPhone you can barely read the nested comments. So … clearly I need more than 3 nested comments which is what I’m currently testing out. :) ~karen!

        • CathyB says:

          Well I live in Alaska and I just looked it up and it gave me $1000 for shipping! Ouch!

  38. Denise Leavens says:

    Eureka! Just what I need. Well done, good and faithful DIY person!

    Do you know if lath & plaster walls are hollow? Will the hollow wall anchor you demonstrated yesterday work with lath and plaster walls? (Abominable lath and plaster…grumble, growl.)

  39. Dagmar says:

    That is an amazing idea. I love how little space it takes, and how you can fold it under. I noticed that there are some soft linen curtains behind the treadmill, please do be careful not to get those caught into the machine…never mind losing those imaginary 5 pounds you think you’ve gained, that will have you losing your teeth !

  40. MissChris SA says:

    Wow – that is mega impressive.
    I wish SA had the online shops etc. that you have overseas.
    Actually, maybe its better if we don’t, I would be more broke than I already am!!

  41. Mindy says:

    My husband, who works on fitness equipment for a living, snorted at the treadmill. I’m out of this conversation, because I know nothing about them. At all. His one and only sentence was, “That’s probably not the treadmill to buy.” Don’t shoot the messenger.

    • Karen says:

      Well you tell your husband to suck it. It absolutely IS the treadmill to buy. This isn’t a “Hey i’m gonna work out every day” treadmill, it’s a treadmill for a walking desk that maybe once in a blue moon you’re going to run on. Anything bigger, like a big fancy treadmill won’t work for this setup (which isn’t to exercise per say but to move) So to reiterate tell him to suck it. Special from me. ;) ~ karen!

  42. kate-v says:

    well, i just scrolled down until I came to these bright white spaces that I recognized from when I made comments in the past so I could make one last comment: I cannot read a blessed thing you have written in black(?) on dark gray(?) if this is the new look, it is not for these old eyes. Hope you have a good life – I enjoyed the blog when I could see it

    • Stephanie Hobson says:

      Kate, on my computer it’s black on light gray with a dark gray either side of it. I’m sure Karen would like to know about these problems and it would help if you could give her some information about your computer setup, in particular what browser you’re using and it’s version. In the meantime there is a solution for you. If you would drag and highlight the copy (or where the copy should be, between the pictures) it should highlight as white on black, or maybe dark blue. That way you won’t have to miss any of Karen’s brilliant ideas. ~Stephanie Hobson

    • Karen says:

      I’m afraid this is definitely how the blog is going to look kate-v. Funny because the majority of people are saying they find it easier to read because there’s no glare from the white. You can try increasing the size of your font by pressing CTL-+. So CTL with the minus sign makes the font smaller or CTL with the plus sign makes it bigger. If you’re on a Mac you would use command instead of CTL. ~ karen!

      • Debbie says:

        Karen, I’m with Kate. There isn’t enough contrast between the light black of the words with the gray of the page. Either a darker or bolder font, or a lighter shade of gray background really would help those of us with older eyes. Maybe most of the comments are coming from younger eyes. Please reconsider. I’m not leaving, but I can’t read as many of the comments or read your great blogging as thoroughly as it hurts my eyes (even with reading glasses on).

        • Karen says:

          Hi Debbie. I’m afraid after a year of designing there’s no going back now. :( The font is in black, as dark as it can be and I can’t change the font. I can try a slightly lighter background but I don’t want it to be white because other people found the white to be very glaring. :( As we all know it’s impossible to please everyone but I’ll try to find a happy medium. ~ karen!

        • Pam says:

          I personally don’t find the color of the background or the the font to be the problem, but the weight of the font. It’s composed of a much thinner line and that’s why I am having trouble with it. It helps some if I use the zoom function of my browser (on my laptop) , but it does still require me to strain to make out the text. Of course, I don’t expect you to change the font of your newly re-designed site, but I thought I’d throw my feedback into the mix. FWIW :-)

        • Teri says:

          I concur, the font is skinny. hard for older eyes. On a Mac Laptop, don’t like having to adjust the zoom to read a blog. just saying… and agreeing.

        • Jan in Waterdown says:

          Just my 2 cents worth (which of course is worth waaay more than that imho), my iPad version is somewhat different than my PC desktop with the PC being nicer. Either way, it’s very easy on these 64 yr old eyes!

      • Grammy says:

        My eyes are older than a whole lot of people who hang out here, and I find that reading the comments on my laptop (which I’m doing now) is far better now than it used to be because the glare is now non-existent. I love the black on light gray. I do recall, however, that I thought there wasn’t enough contrast when I was reading it on my iPad, so maybe that’s the problem — not the design of the website but the adjustment of each individual reader’s screen?

        If any of you are having trouble with reading the comments section on an iPad, here’s a tip: Open “Settings”, scroll down to tap “Display and Brightness” (it will be right under “General” on the list) and look over on the right side of your screen.

        You will see a little ball you can drag left or right on a bar to adjust the brightness of your screen, which will make the background whiter. Under that little bar it says Auto-Brightness, and if that is turned on (it will show green if it is) your screen adjusts to ambient light and in my case, that almost always makes my screen darker than I need for my older eyes. Tap that little circle next to it and you will see if your screen automatically gets lighter or darker. If it’s on and your screen lightens when you tap it off, then turn it off and do your own adjustment on the little bar to make your screen right for you, and leave the auto-adjust off.

        Right under the Brightness section you’ll see “Text Size”. Tap on that and you will see a little slider to drag left or right to make your text larger or smaller. Adjust your text size to your liking. Going back to “Display and Brightness” you’ll see that right underneath the place where you tapped to adjust text size it says “Bold text”. You tap the little circle to turn that on. A window pops up saying if you turn that on your iPad will re-start. If you want to do that, turn it on and let the restart happen.

        Sorry this comment is so long, but if you can make adjustments on your devices, you might find that you’re perfectly happy with the looks of things and can read with ease. I hope this helps someone.

  43. Lin N says:

    It is a brilliant idea! Well executed Karen! Once upon a time I was an ‘Ergonomic Assessor’ for office workers. Forearms should be a bit below 90 degrees, your’s appear a fair bit below that…then again I worked with each persons personal range of comfortability. One is trying for neutral tension in shoulders, arms and wrists. The perfect keyboard shelf I would suggest is one that is adjustable up and down, as well as foldable. Very good post.

  44. TucsonPatty says:

    Now I have to find the perfect place to install this brilliant set-up!!
    I *need* this!! Thanks for all the research done for us!

  45. Jan in Waterdown says:

    Effin’ brillyunt!! You da woman!

  46. Dominic says:

    I see you’ve snipped the E-stop cord on your treadmill… You’re a dangerous woman. Total Anarchy could ensue!

    • Karen says:

      I know, right? Hardcore. Next I’ll be drawing a tear on my cheek with a Sharpie. ~ karen!

      • j says:

        You are amazing! [You were using this all summer and you didn’t share? I feel sort of left out,,,,] Betty should be so-o-o proud of you! but here’s the problem-what do the folks do who type with two fingers, and have to look at the keyboard ? What’s an e stop cord? cutting it doesn’t make the god of electricity angry? And LOVE your wood floors!!!

  47. peg says:

    nice build,great idea!

  48. Pati Gulat says:

    That’s AWESOME, Karen ! I have blogger butt and I’m not even a blogger but I can sure use this cos I DO love me some Facebook !! BRAVO !

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Pati. No joke … it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done. I don’t use it as much in the summer because I’m naturally exercising and moving around more but even just yesterday while I was working I was on it and walking for all of my emails, writing and a bit of Photoshopping. Plus instead of tiring me out it gives me energy. WAY more energy than if I were just sitting all day. I love it. Did I mention I love it? I’m so happy I found that tiny treadmill (it took many weeks of searching online for a solution until I found my tiny treadmill) ~ karen!

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