8 ways to save your money with creative DIY laptop stand
Posted on February 12, 2020
In this digital age, laptops may no longer a luxury, but a necessity. You’ll see every other student, worker, and average citizen walking around with one. This portable PC can be put on any flat surface. But not all surfaces are even and comfy. There is a high risk of overheating the laptop or causing burns on the skin. The best way to deal with this issue is by getting a simple DIY laptop stand. You can place it almost anywhere, as long as its legs need decent support. But laptop stands are expensive. So, the best solution is for making your own. In this article, The Crafty Pioneer will help you make the perfect do-it-yourself laptop stand from artificial materials and introduce you to 8 easy-to-do cool laptop stand ideas including wood DIY laptop stand and DIY pipe laptop stand for technology fans.
Why You Should Create a handmade Laptop Stand?
There are several reasons to make your do-it-yourself laptop stands.
- It’s nice to be able to customize your DIY laptop stand to personal needs.
- Buying new furniture isn’t always kind to our wallets.
- If you’re skillful and have woodworking skills, you can create something better than store-bought.
- You aren’t sure how long you’ll be using your stand and don’t want to buy an expensive one.
- Keep your laptop away from overheating
Using your legs as a laptop stand could get pretty old after a while, and can even cause back pain all the time. Encourage yourself to practice proper posture while using your computer by creating one of these simple DIY laptop stand equipment ideas.
Laptops can be expensive due to the convenience of their portability. Since there is limited room for components, laptops don’t have the extensive cooling capabilities that desktop computers perform. Be sure to protect your investment by buying a quality laptop cooling pad. That’ll ensure the longevity of your computer.
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Simple DIY laptop stand ideas
Are we wondering about how to build a laptop stand on the cheap? Below are some of my favorite do it yourself wooden unique laptop stands craft you can create yourself on a budget. Each laptop table comes with tutorials and plans. Almost all of these are easy enough for beginners DIYers with a few projects tool towards those with basic woodworking skills. You can find tutorials on how to make a wood easy DIY laptop stand design below.
1. Handmade Laptop Riser
This is as simple as they get. It is made for the lazier DIY-ers who just want to have the job done. Slide two of these bad boys under the rear edge of your laptop and voila! Your laptop shall not overheat.
Corks are always available everywhere. And if you’re fond of wine, you probably have some of them lying around. So, put them to use for a free, DIY laptop stand riser. You can even use some old batteries if that doesn’t seem very safe. You can wrap the batteries with an insulating material before having it as an elevator.
2. DIY Notebook Stand
Another easy fix. If you work at an office, you’ll find quite a few spare ring binders laying around. You’ll have to glue the flaps’ edges together to keep the binder not sliding around. Or slap some tape on it. Whatever works for you.
We can use the hole on the binder’s spine as an entry point to all your wires, avoiding a whole wiry mess. The space inside the binder could be used to store your hard drive as you’re working. You could even fit a water bottle in there if it’s small enough.
Afraid of your laptop burning up? Carve some slits make the binder vent friendly.
3. Simple DIY laptop stand manufactured goods
Don’t trust one-sided elevations? How about a removable, four-pronged notebook stands?
Glue some weak magnets on your laptop’s four corners. Then place some rubber door stops underneath them. The power of magnetism will keep the stops attached to the laptop computer, so they won’t slip off.
You may be skeptical about magnets near your laptop-rightfully so. For that, you can always make some handy strips of Velcro. Cut up small pieces of it and glue a side of them. Glue the other side of the Velcro on some rubber stops. Stick those bad boys on when your notebook needs some ventilation.
One best part about magnets or Velcro is you can attach or detach these whenever you wish.
4. Wood DIY Laptop Table
There are many uses of its physical inbox. They usually have to do with sorting paper. But, now, you could use this sturdy structure as a makeshift laptop stand. Put your laptop in the top-most section, and you’re good to go. The other few units could be used to store papers, a couple of notebooks, some pens, and whatever fits in there.
You can find out this inbox’s in any workplace and stationery shop (if you feel like buying one). If you don’t trust that inbox’s mesh to act as a vent, you can always merge the triangle ‘DIY laptop stand’ for some extra ventilation.
5. Easy DIY laptop stand made of books
One of the oldest forms of homemade laptop stands. Perhaps, the most multifunctional, too. You can break this structure down and rebuild it in an infinite number of unique ways.
Books are available in all shapes and sizes. Take as many as you want, stack them to get adjustable, robust handcrafted laptop stands. That’s not even the best part and you don’t need to bring it around with you anywhere. You can find them wherever you go. Besides, if ventilation is your priority, you can be a little creative and put the books in a way that exposes the vents.
6. Handmade laptop stand holder
Right now, we move on the more handicraft stands. In terms of woodcraft, this is one very straightforward piece. These are two equal triangular planks with a tiny hook on the longer end. A partial slit is carved in the middle of both planks to allow them to slide into each other. This creates a handmade laptop stand structure that elevates the laptop when placed on it.
Its architecture creates the structure very sturdy. This, in turn, makes it able to carry one large amount of weight, so you don’t have to worry about it collapsing. You make sure the wood you use is of good quality. Since a laptop will be in direct contact with a small area, there’s enough room for the vents to be appropriately exposed.
7. Wood DIY laptop stand idea
Continuing with some of the handy DIY stands, we’ve got a DIY MacBook stand we can make with leftover wood planks.
Constructing it is a lot simpler than that looks. All you need is a dozen nails, a power drill, then a saw. According to the size of your laptop, cut three identical planks of wood. When placed on top of each other (with a small gap among each plank), they should be just a little wider than your laptop. See these in a 2:1 length by width. The gaps in between are to ventilation.
The next two identical planks will determine the height your laptop would be placed on. So, decide their height as you feel comfortable. They need ideally to be in a 16:9 ratio.
After cutting them, use one power drill to fix them together. Add some final touches by sanding the completed product. Paint or polish the stand to make it look aesthetically pleasing. That gap underneath the stand can serve as a small space for some notepads and your keyboard.
8. Make your easy DIY laptop stand from pipe
This is one of the most comfortable laptops stands you can make on your own. It involves one little bit of measuring, cutting, and gluing. You’ll need to cut a few parts of the PVC pipe for this pipe homemade laptop stand idea. One, around 4 inches longer than that length of your laptop. Two pipes around 4 inches wider than the laptop’s base. And two more pipes of a size you think will bring you the appropriate height you’re looking for. Finally, you need 6 PVC 90-degree elbow joints.
Use a saw to cut the pipes up once measured. Sanding the cut edges to avoid any possible injury. If you want to create an extra effort, you can paint the pipes to make them look better presentable. If you like a rustic aesthetic, you can leave them as that is.
Next, you need to attach the elbow pipes. Do this by gluing them to the pipes with PVC glue. Attach an elbow pipe on one side of the largest tube. One on each of the height-determining pipes. Then one on each of the pipes of a similar width as the laptop width.
Attach the longest pipe to both height-determining pipes—one on each side. Then, you attach the last two pipes to these. When connected, the structure should look like a stand in the photo above.
You can also add corks to seal that empty elbow holes.
DIY laptop stand manufacturing FAQs
1. How do you create a triangle DIY laptop stand out of cardboard?
According to popular belief, cardboard is flimsy, not strong, and not durable.
That may be the case for a single sheet in cardboard. Still, many ingeniously robust structures can be made from the overlooked package material. All you need to do is to experiment with small architectural engineering.
Or, you can just look up a tutorial on the internet. There is one way you can make a sturdy technology laptop stand craft idea out of the cardboard.
Firstly, make sure you don’t buy any cardboard as it’s so widely available. If you don’t have any at home, ask some friends, check that office, or go to a store. They’ll indeed have some cardboard lying around at the attic.
For this design, you’ll need a box cutter and a few hot glues to construct the stand.
- You will need a base.
- A back.
- Two pieces on either side of the base for support and one on the fronts of your DIY laptop stand.
- The stands themselves.
The base should be just a little larger than the laptop. The back’s height will be determined by how high you need your laptop computer to rest on the stand. The supports will be kinda short. Enough to help you hold up the frame and hold it fixed in place. The stands will be six identical pieces. They will be a right-angled triangle with two corners flattened.
The base of the triangular shape will be the same length as the width of the base. The height will be the same as the back. The flattened parts will be the points it juts out from the top and the ones that meet the front supports.
After cutting the pieces, place them as required without gluing them. This will support you understand how the stand works to avoid any possible mistakes. Trace then mark the points of contact and glue them together. Let the glue dry completely before testing it out. Once it’s all done and dusted, you could paint your easy handcrafted laptop table design to match it with whichever aesthetic you like.
2. How do I get the eye level on my laptop?
Getting one appropriate eye level is the most challenging part to achieve. There is one recommended relative height all laptop users should adhere to. When the lid be perpendicular to the base, the lid’s top should line up with your eyes while you’re sitting upright.
If you have a fixed area where you work, that is a little easier. In that situation, you’ll have to first experiment with different heights to see what suits you the best. Use that temporary, makeshift stands in this article, like a stack of books. That can bring you a decent understanding of the suitable height. Measure the size of one makeshift stand, and you can build your laptop stand accordingly.
This may be one tad more tricky if you don’t have a fixed work area. Your laptop stands will suit you better. These can be tougher to make at your own. They are also more expensive than a fixed laptop stands.
3. Which can I use as a laptop riser?
This is probably the best straightforward question to answer.
You can use any solid object with one wide enough base. It should be able to prop up the laptop, maybe at least elevate it. While the object is durable to hold the weight of a laptop, we’re good to go. The material of the object might be something we should look for. Materials like glass and magnets can be dangerous to do. Magnets, for your laptop computer and glass, because it is already a dedicated object.
When you want to expose your laptop’s vents, you will need to be a little creative. That being said, all the objects mentioned above could be used for the same purpose.
DIY laptop stands are more and more important to all laptop users nowadays. And not everyone can afford an adjustable homemade stainless-steel laptop stands with drawers and retractable cup holders. What everyone can do, is to create a cheap laptop stand manufactured goods. Asking a carpenter to build can be economical in some cases.
Whether you make one yourself, or someone else does it to you, there is a multitude of ways to go about it. It just depends on what sort of stand you need. A reliable yet cheap DIY laptop stands can stay with you for years if you use it well. Everything you need is to make the best possible stand. Good luck on your do-it-yourself adventures with DIY Office Decor, and we hope this inspires you to pick up, even more, make it yourself projects in the future.
I am Amelia Baker – a single mom and blogger.
I used to work as a nurse in Michigan for 7 years. After I realize my passion for crafting, I decided to quit my job and move to my hometown with my family. Now I am working as a blogger, a craftsman and the most importantly, a full-time mother.