DIY Laptop Stand

I use both a macbook and a windows laptop, and usually at home they are docked to a widescreen monitor at my desk. While that setup works pretty well, once you get a keyboard and mouse on the desk, there’s no space left. To solve that problem with my macbook, I bought a nice aluminum “bookarc” stand with a rubber cushion insert. It holds the laptop vertically on edge and significantly reduces its footprint on the desktop.


For my windows laptop, I wanted something similar but I didn’t want to spend a lot. I decided to make a wooden stand from some  wood scraps leftover from another project. As it turns out, I didn’t even have to cut anything because the bottom blocks that define the width of the laptop slot were already the right size. I allowed a little extra width for some self-stick felt pads to securely grip the laptop and protect the finish from scratches. I also put felt pads at the bottom of the slot, and small pads on the bottom to serve as feet.

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I assembled the pieces using a corner clamp and small finish nails. After testing the fit using the laptop, I added wood  screws to be sure the stress of holding the laptop doesn’t bend or loosen the nails. The final two photos show the finished project holding my laptop.

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  • 1 x 3 wood for the side rails and bottom blocks – a couple of feet should be enough
  • 12 ea. small finish nails
  • 4 ea. #6 X 1 1/2 flat head wood screws
  • 2 ea. 6″ long self stick felt pads for the insides of the rails
  • 2 ea. 3/4″ round self stick felt pads for the bottom blocks
  • 4 ea. 3/8″ round self stick felt pads for the feet

Measure carefully before you cut the side rails so that your laptop fits snugly once you add the felt pads. Be sure to wear safety glasses when sawing, drilling or nailing. Happy Making!

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