A wobbly desk is cognitively annoying, like a creaking hallway or a roommate whistling happily to you while you work at the desk.
But why is it like that? Desk work requires the highest concentration, so that even the smallest disturbances attract attention. Depending on what you are working, you find this disorder annoying to unbearable. If you work on the computer, you will find the wobbly desk uncomfortable, and in writing it can even make your typeface washed out because the desk gives in with every press.
For the eyes, the wobbly desk can be onerous in the long term, as the monitor or documents are set in motion and your eyes must constantly refocus. Overall, your work will definitely drop, so it’s best to take quick action.
Common causes of a wobbly desk:
In most cases, a wobbly desk is due to a faulty design. Even small nuances decide whether the desk is standing or wobbling. Self-made tables are most often affected by this problem, such as when the table legs are simply screwed to the plate. This construction is generally more susceptible and often causes a wobbly desk.
Desks with sides and crossbeams are sturdier built, but usually a bit more expensive to buy. In the end, however, the extra costs pay off because the frame absorbs the weight and ensures a level position.
The table legs are not the same length
Uneven table legs are also a common problem and cause of the wobbly desk. Often affected are particularly cheap products that need to be assembled by themselves. Already in production unclean work was done, so that the table legs turned out to be different lengths. You can not always see the difference in length with the naked eye: Often a few millimeters decide on the safe position.
The ground is uneven
If the ground is uneven then the best desk will do nothing. Small bumps occur frequently, such as when parts of the floor have leaked. Even here, the smallest height differences are sufficient to make the desk wobble.
The screws are loose
Rarely is the problem due to loose screws. If they are not tight or worn, the overall construction can become unstable. In particular, if you feel that the desk is not shaking in its entirety but is rather “unstable” in itself, this may indicate loose screws.
Help with a wobbly desk:
Mount underlay for stabilization
The easiest way to stabilize a rickety desk is through documents . This is not only a fast, but also very cost-effective option. Documents are useful if the table legs are of different lengths or there are bumps on the floor. The most elegant and durable solution consists in the purchase of felt glides, as they are also used for chair legs .
For tables we recommend extra large, well-made felt glides, as the table has a large weight and cheap gliders are flattened too fast and worn. Check which table leg is too short and underlay it with a felt glider. Do the same if there are bumps in the ground. If you do not have felt pads on hand and are annoyed by the shaky desk, you can improvise with cardboard pieces or folded paper .
Make table legs height adjustable
With height-adjustable legs, you can easily solve the problem by fine-tuning the height for each leg . Persistently wobbly desks can also be retrofitted by adjusting devices are subsequently screwed to the legs. This has the advantage that you can attach the desk even higher than originally provided, so that an ideal working position is possible.
When adjusting, it is best to place a spirit level on the desk and check that the table is level after adjusting the table feet.
Fixation on the wall
A very successful, if somewhat brutal method is to fix the desk by means of an angle bar on the wall. We recommend this step, especially if your table is very shaky and other options did not lead to the desired success. The attachment of an angle bar is possible on most tables.
Attach the strip to the back of the table with several screws. Then place the desk close to the wall so that the angle bar fits snugly against it. Finally, the strip is fastened to the wall with dowels and screws. Now the formerly shaky desk is so firmly connected to the wall that there is no room for movement for the materials – the wobbling is eliminated and undisturbed work is easily possible again.