Laptops are just as much a necessity at home as they are at work. Though despite being compact and portable – sometimes using a laptop at home can be a pain in the neck quite literally. Without a workspace, you end up working with it on your lap. And, seeing as how the mini-computer has the word ‘lap’ in its name, that shouldn’t be a problem. But anyone working from home will tell you that directly placing your laptop on your legs is less than ideal – for you and the machine.
The heat generated by your handy little device can not only affect your laptop’s shelf-life but can also leave you feeling highly uncomfortable. So, what’s a person to do? Your solution lies in the term ‘laptop stand‘. It’s almost as necessary as an office chair or the right footrest while working. What’s more, what if we told you there are several ways you can make your very own at home in a no-nonsense and budget-friendly way. Interested? We thought you would be. That’s why our DIY laptop stand guide will dish out not one but two step-by-step guides – so you can work in comfort and peace.
How to make a wooden laptop stand
There are so many DIY laptop projects floating around the internet that it’s a bit challenging to pick one. From PVC pipe stands to cardboard laptop stands – the sky is literally your limit. However, we’ve decided to go with a tutorial for a wooden laptop stand for two reasons.
One, wood is a robust material. It’s not like you’re going to want to construct a stand over and over again. So, it’s best to start the project with something that’s going to last.
Secondly, the design of this laptop stand is super-easy and ergonomic. There’s no complicated woodworking involved. Just some glue, a few wood pieces and hey presto – you’re on your way to build a laptop stand to stand the test of time (excuse the pun).
Now that we’ve covered our reasons for picking out this particular laptop holder tutorial, let’s get down to business. Here’s a list of all the materials you’ll need to make a wooden laptop stand.
- 4 pieces of 1×2 pine measuring 60cm in length
- 2 pieces of 1×2 pine measuring 60 cm in length and 23cm in width
- Wood glue
- Wood stain
- 220 grit sandpaper
Once you’ve gathered all the supplies required for the DIY project, grab the 220-grit sandpaper and lightly buff the wood to make it ready for staining.
Once the wood pieces feel smooth enough, test your wood stain on scrap wood to see the results. If you’re okay with the way the stained scrap wood looks, proceed to stain the actual 1×2 pine wood pieces.
To assemble the laptop computer stand, you’re going to need a few pieces of adequately-sized scrap wood pieces to hold up the ‘legs’ of the stand. Use the scrap wood pieces to support the 2 1×2 pine wood pieces (measuring 23cm in width) in an upright position.
Once you feel the legs are stable enough, start arranging the 4 1×2 pine pieces on top of the legs with adequate gaps. These gaps will ensure your laptop has a steady base to sit on and provide ample circulation to keep your machine from overheating.
Next, mark the placement for each 1×2 wood piece. Spread wood glue on both ends of the strips and put them back in place according to the markings. You can also use brad nails for extra stability. Place an adequate weight on top of the glued pieces and allow them to dry according to instructions.
To ensure your do-it-yourself wood laptop stand is extremely sturdy, you can glue two 1×2 strips in place underneath the stand where the legs meet the tabletop. However, only attempt this once the glue has dried so that the portable laptop stand doesn’t fall apart.
Once the laptop holder stand is completely dry – it’s ready for use. You can carry your lap desk wherever you go – be it your bedroom, living room, etc. You can also utilise the stand as a monitor stand for your PC and external keyboard.
Overall, this easy laptop stand will not only take away your problems but also help you keep a comfortable posture and keep your machine cool without the help of a fan or cooling pad. How’s that for a user-friendly solution?
How to make a folding laptop stand
Haven’t found the stand of your dreams yet? That’s okay because we still have one more tutorial to go. We’re sure you’ve heard of a cheap laptop stand made from a pizza box or a laptop stand for bed use – but what about a foldable one? Ikea, eat your heart out!
If you’re a fan of working from your bed and struggle with keeping your laptop screen at eye level, then this tutorial is for you. Here’s what you’ll need to make your very own foldable home office laptop stand –
- 1 1×8 wood board (measuring 2.4m) cut into the following:
- 2 1×8 pieces (measuring 53cm for the top)
- 2 1×2 pieces (measuring 53cm for the long aprons)
- 2 1×2 pieces (measuring 36cm for short aprons)
- 2 1×2 pieces (measuring 29.2cm for stretchers)
- 4 1×2 pieces (measuring 21cm for legs)
- 4 Connecting caps
- 1 1/4-inch pocket screws
- 4 Connection bolts
- Wood glue
- Tape measure
- Jigsaw (or table saw or circular saw)
- Carpenter’s square
- Cordless drill (with spade bit)
- Pocket hole jig
- Safety glasses
- Bar clamps (parallel)
- Hearing protection
- Dust mask
Measure out the 2.4m wood board and mark out all the pieces that need to be cut. Once you’re done with cutting the appropriate pieces, gather the 2 wood pieces measuring 53cm (for the top) and join them together edgewise using wood glue. Use the clamps to hold the boards in place and wait for the glue to dry.
Once the top is ready, set aside the wood pieces designated as long and short aprons. If you want your stand to include handles, you can mark out the area on the short aprons and use a jigsaw to cut out the wood.
Drill 1.9cm pocket holes into the top board and attach the aprons with wood glue and 1 1/4inch pocket screws.
Collect the wood pieces set aside to function as the table’s legs. Each leg should measure 20.9cm in length, and one side of each leg needs to be rounded over. Next, drill a hole at the top of each leg (near the rounded side) to make way for the connecting bolts (check the next step).
Gather the stretchers and drill 1.9cm holes into them. Attach the stretchers to the legs (5cm away from the bottom) with the help of wood glue and pocket screws.
Drill holes in the long aprons for connecting caps with the spade bit. Connect the legs to the foldable stand with connecting caps and bolts through the holes in the long aprons. This way, the legs will swing open and close freely – without any obstructions.
Sand and stain the stand as you desire and set it aside to dry. Once the waiting period is over – it is ready to receive your MacBook/laptop or anything else you’d like to place on it!
What are the benefits of using a laptop stand?
Are you still unconvinced about the benefits of using a laptop stand to work from home? If yes, then this section can help you make up your mind. We’ve compiled a list of the advantages of utilising a laptop stand, and here’s what they are.
- An adjustable laptop stand allows you to fix the height and angle of work so that your posture doesn’t suffer the ill effects of bending or crouching for long periods.
- Laptop stands are highly suitable when it comes to keeping your computer from overheating. Most modern laptops have their internal fans placed right underneath the device. That means placing a laptop on a flat surface can cut off the necessary air circulation required to keep your machine from heating up. However, a well-designed laptop table/stand will allow your laptop to receive the circulation it needs to stay cool.
- A laptop stand keeps your computer safe from spills on your work desk by keeping the laptop elevated.
- Laptop stands allow you to work comfortably by providing the proper placement for your machine. That means you can work longer and be more productive at work.
- One of the best things about laptop stands is that they’re lightweight and very portable. You can carry yours with you no matter where you go – so working comfortably on the move isn’t a problem.
Who would’ve thought a DIY laptop stand that’s durable and easy on the wallet would be such an easy feat. But, now that you’re aware that making one is pretty simple, we’re hoping you’re going to use our guide to make one of your own very soon. We’ll be back next time with another helpful guide to make your life easier!