How to Build Your Own Monitor Mount That Clamps to Any Desk

If you need to raise your monitor higher than what the stock stand can achieve, a monitor mount or arm is a great way to do that. Here’s how to build your own.

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You can get monitor mounts and arms for pretty cheap, but if you’re not a huge fan of the selection or just want something really simple and customizable, you can build your own monitor mount that can clamp onto almost any desk surface. Plus, it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

What You’ll Need

You’ll only need a few tools to get the job done, as well as a handful of materials. I used:

  • A power drill with drill bits
  • A pencil
  • A 12-inch threaded galvanized steel pipe (You can get any length you want—this will determine how high your monitor sits)
  • 3-inch threaded galvanized steel pipe (Again, you can get any length, but it’s only needed to attach the VESA mount)
  • An elbow joint
  • flange fitting
  • A couple of small C-clamps
  • Small wood screws (Four of them ideally, but extras are good to have)
  • A scrap piece of cheap wood
  • VESA monitor mount plate (Any plate will work, but you’ll likely have to think of your own creative way to mount it to the pipe).

Make sure that all of your pipes and fittings are the same size throughout. So if you get 3/4-inch pipe, you’ll need 3/4-inch fittings as well. The size is up to you, though.

Step One: Screw the Pipe Flange to the Scrap Wood

The first thing we’ll do is attach the pipe flange to our scrap piece of wood, which will make up the base of the monitor stand. To start, we need to mark on the piece of wood where the screws will be drilled in order to attach the flange. Set the flange on the piece of wood and mark where the holes are with your pencil.

You’ll end up with four circles where we’ll need to drill pilot holes.

Take your power drill and a drill bit and drill four small holes where marked. You don’t need to drill all the way through the wood, but there’s no reason not to if you’re in a hurry, since you won’t see the bottom anyway.

Next, grab a screwdriver or change out the drill bit for the drive bit and screw the flange to the wood using four small wood screws. Make sure the screws aren’t long enough that they’ll pierce through the other side.

Step Two: Attach the Main Support Steel Pipe and Elbow Joint

After you have the base all ready to go, it’s time to erect the main support pipe that will sit vertically. Since the end is threaded, all you have to do is screw it into the flange and tighten it down the best you can.

This pipe will also determine how high or low your monitor sits relative to the desk surface. So the longer the pipe is, the higher your monitor will sit. I went with a 12-inch length since that’s a good sweet spot.

After that, you can screw on the elbow joint. I ended up having to get a T-fitting since the hardware store was out of 3/4-inch elbow joints, but it still gives me the 90-degree angle that I need.

Step Three: Attach the VESA Mount Plate to the Pipe

Take your short length of pipe and determine how you’ll attach the VESA mount plate to it. This will take a bit of creativity on your part, but here’s is how I did mine. I first needed to drill a hole completely through the pipe in order to stick a bolt through to attach my VESA mount.

To do this, place the pipe into a bench vise for stability.

Next, take a drill bit meant for drilling into metal and go to town, making sure to apply a lot of pressure but going slowly. If done right, you should end up with some clean holes on either side of the pipe.

Screw the pipe into the elbow joint on the monitor mount, making sure that it’s as tight as possible, but also making sure that the holes are facing up and down.

Next, grab the VESA mount and slide it over the pipe, lining up the holes as you do so. From there, take the bolt and slide it through, securing the other end with a nut.

The stand is now complete and ready to be transported to the nearest desk.

Step Four: Clamp the Monitor Mount to Your Desk

Find a place where you want your monitor stand and make sure it will work where it is.

From there, take your two C-clamps and clamp the monitor mount to your desk, using the wood as the clamping point. Ideally you’ll want to face the clamps down, so that the bulk of the clamp isn’t showing and you have a cleaner look.

Step Five: Attach the Monitor to the Monitor Mount

Take your VESA mount plate and screw it onto the back of the monitor. It’s also a good idea to remove the stock stand on the monitor, since you won’t need it.

Lastly, carefully attach the monitor to your DIY mount. For my monitor, the VESA mount plate hooks onto the section that I bolted onto the pipe.

Once your monitor is mounted, it may take some adjustments to get it level and placed exactly where you want, but other than that, your monitor mount is all ready to go!

Again, feel free to customize this any way you want in order to mount your monitor in the best place possible for your setup. You may want yours mounted higher than mine, so go ahead and use a longer pipe if necessary. Or if you just need to raise it up another inch or so, take another block of wood and stack it below the base.