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.
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Purchasing a fancy laptop stand that elevates your notebook for easier typing and better airflow can be expensive, so DIYer Chris99 built one himself using a metallic document holder, some shelf liner, and a block of rubber. Using a hot glue gun and utility blade, he padded the metal surface and positioned the blocks to hold his MacBook in place. We've featured a whole lot of DIY laptop stands here over the years, but this looks like one of the better put together of the bunch. Simple Metallic Laptop Stand
Reader Jörgen found a creative way to prop up his laptop and reduce heat buildup with doorstops and magnets. To build this nifty little stand, Jörgen bought small doorstops at a regular housewares store. He explains: 1. I took two doorstops and glued them together in opposite directions. 2. Next, small magnets. Preferably one of the magnets is a little thin metal piece that doesn't stick out underneath the laptop's ordinary feet. 3. Finally, I glued the thin magnet on the bottom of my laptop and the other magnetic piece inside one end of the doorstops. The end result are two magnetic feet that are easy to remove from the bottom of your laptop but will still stay on if you're moving you laptop around. For another option (without the magnets), you can create your own laptop stand using wine corks. Thanks, Jörgen!
Web developer Ingo built a simple laptop stand from a three-ring binder and an aluminium rail. The result raises his screen, makes a more comfortable wrist rest, and even creates some handy storage for an external drive underneath.