Practical Inexpensive Monitor Stand

About once a year, I’m writing about a DIY project. Not about the stuff you typically find on this blog, but more old world, non techy things, like last year’s Riding the Rods projects.
This time it’s about a monitor stand that I built for my home office. I don’t know if it’s because of my constantly decreasing visual perception, which some might call Presbyopia aka age-related farsightedness, but I thought it would be a good idea to raise my good old Apple 23″ Cinema HD Display up a little.
Many of the newer – but still not as good looking – LCD displays, can have their hight adjusted. My Cinema display on the other hand has a a beautiful brushed metal foot, unadjustable in hight tho.

In case you too own one of those 23″ 1920×1200 Apple Cinema Displays, I feel your pain. Mine has the distinct pink / magenta cast on the edges as well. A Spyder display calibration doesn’t totally remove the pink cast but reduces it significantly.

I wanted to raise the hight of the display by about 3″ to 4″ and since my desk is made of solid wood (IKEA VIKA BYSKE), a simple wood construction should work just fine.
IKEA offers the EKBY TRYGGVE, an almost perfectly matching 31×7.5 softwood shelf for only $3.00. The shelf’s thickness is 5/8″ and it is easily supporting the monitor and more if you like.
Simply using four Ace’s Heavy Duty Rigid Door Stops, brings the monitor stand up to a height of 3.5″.
The door stops cost about $4 each, which adds up to $19 for the complete monitor stand.

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