Top 10 DIY Laptop Stands

Top 10 DIY Laptop Stands

When your hot laptop needs ventilation and your wrists need a break from a flat keyboard, you can drop 50 bucks on a fancy commercial laptop stand—or you can build one of your own. Do-it-yourself laptop users have built several creations from common household materials to keep their notebooks elevated while they work . Made of everything from wine corks to door stops to paper (and paper towel) holders, check out our favourite top 10 do-it-yourself laptop stands for your lap and workspace pleasure. Photo by hunter1_86.

10. Wine Cork Elevator

The most simple and portable solution in the bunch, the wine cork laptop stand gets your hot notebook off the table with minimal effort. Just slip two wine corks underneath your computer and you’re done. You can substitute the corks for regular rubber door stops, too.

9. PVC Pipe Wire-Hider

Hide your laptop wires and elevate your notebook screen to eye level with a custom-built PVC pipe laptop stand. This stand snaps together like Lego at a height you determine, costs under 5 bucks, and saves space on your desk, too. (Original post)

8. Ring Binder with Hard Drive Storage

Mod a regular three-ring binder with an aluminium rail, felt, and two clamps to elevate your laptop, tilt up the keyboard, and even stow an external drive underneath it. (Original post)

7. Paper Towel Holder Stand

Reader Marcelo repurposed an Ikea paper towel holder into a good-looking laptop stand with a drill and some elbow grease. Check out his Flickr photos for details on the construction.

6. Vertical Wall Mount

wallmountedlappie1.png The blogger at Nolebotic wanted his jukebox/file server laptop mounted to a wall, visible but out of the way. This setup isn’t good for typing on the notebook keyboard itself, but it could work with a wireless external keyboard. Here are the details on building these plywood brackets yourself.

5. Wire Shelf iLap Clone

Instead of spending $70 on a new iLap, you can put together one of your own with some wire shelving, old t-shirts, and zip ties, like reader Mike did to save his lap from computer burns. Check out Mike’s Flickr photo set for details on how he put it together.

4. Magnetic Feet

Similar to number 10 but with a little more sticky factor: Attach a couple of magnets to the bottom of your notebook and the top of two rubber door stops for a portable and sturdy notebook elevation solution. Several readers don’t like the idea of magnets near or around your computer, with good reason, so do proceed with caution on this one; seems that you should be ok with light magnets (ala the MagSafe). Here’s how reader Jorgen attached his laptop’s magnetic feet.

3. Laid Back Bed Stand

If you like computing while still in bed—laying down—you can build yourself a laptop stand for easy typing while reclining. Instructables user jumpfroggy built a $15 homemade bed stand much like the Laptop Laidback Stand (pictured), which’ll set you back $140. Here’s the full bedstand Instructable. (Original post)

2. Hardware T Stand

tstand_sm.png For a more industrial take on ye olde laptop stand, Instructables user johnbot headed to the hardware store to pick up a joint tie, wooden dowels, and anti-skid pads. For under $20, he assembled the parts into a minimalist stand that would look good on most office desks. Here’s the full step by step for assembling the T stand.

1. Inbox Plus Door Stop Stand

inboxstand.png Make your GTD inbox do double duty as a laptop elevator. Flickr user oldwisemonk put a couple of door stops and adhesive pads on top of a wire mesh document organizer to raise and tilt his laptop forward, and keep his paperwork in order underneath. Here’s oldwisemonk’s photo documentation of the Inbox stand in action.

What’s your favourite contraption of the bunch? Tell us in the comments—or vote for your pick in the poll below.

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  • I was just about on my way to the store to get a stand for my laptop. I just came across your site, and can’t thank you enough for the binder suggestion. I was in luck, I had one handy. And in two seconds, walla! Ya just saved me 50 bucks!!

  • The problem with some of these is that they don’t allow the air to circulate under the laptop. That folder for example looks like the laptop is sitting flush on it. The bottom of your lappy would heat up and then turn itself off I would think!

    I like the wire shelf one though.

  • I use a textbook or two. I can slide my 3D keyboard under the flat laptop keyboard to adjust appropriate angle and distance with respect to typing, posture and eye-view of screen. Returned my fancy $69 laptop stand since the textbooks did a better job! 😀

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