Learn how to make a simple DIY laptop stand for a desk using scrap wood with this easy to follow tutorial. Your neck and back will thank you! It is also a great beginner project and gift idea!
This project has been a long time coming.
Almost 2 years ago, I built myself a desk that I love!
My work set up uses a large monitor tethered to my laptop in a dual screen mode – which by the way, if you haven’t tried, you have got to!
Unfortunately, there was one problem; the laptop screen wasn’t at the same level as the monitor.
For a good ergonomic posture and really to help your eyes travel from one screen to the next, the two screens should be roughly at the same height.
I temporarily solved it by putting a few of my old books to good use. Sometimes you work with what you’ve got!
What if you don’t have a monitor tethered? You still need this to make the laptop screen at eye-level for ergonomic reasons. You should NOT be hunching over looking down at a screen. Yes, you will need an external keyboard and mouse but all of that will help your shoulders and back. Trust me!
It was high time to fix the situation with a permanent solution.
I went into my workshop aka garage and whipped up a quick project using scrap wood.
Materials needed to make a DIY laptop desk stand
- Lumber cut per plans
- Miter Saw
- Orbital Sander
- Flat Metal Corner Braces
- Color or stain of your choice.
- Wood glue
- Nail Gun (or hammer)
- 1 1/4″ finish nails
DIY Laptop Stand Plans
Grab a copy of printable plans to build this DIY laptop stand by clicking the button below.
How to Make a Wooden Laptop Stand
Step 1: Cut the boards
Using a miter saw, cut the 1×4 and the 1×3 board per the cut list.
Step 2 – Attach the first board to the side
Step 3 – Attach rest of the slats
Layout and attach the rest of the 1″ x 3″ boards with ¾” spacing between them.
TIP – Use a scrap 3/4″ thick board to get the right spacing every time.
Step 4 – Attach the other end-board
Attach the second 1″ x4″ board to the other end of the 1″ x 3″ boards using wood glue and finish nails
Step 5 – Paint and Finish
Paint or stain the color of your choice (I chose to paint my stand with a coral wood stain to add some color to my workspace.)
I also added a little industrial detail by attaching metal corner braces
And we are done!
I love the functionality of my new wooden laptop stand!
My desk looks a lot less cluttered PLUS I have space underneath to keep notepads and sticky notes.
But let’s not forget the biggest advantage of all! An ergonomically arranged laptop screen.
It was such a quick and easy project, I’m not sure why I waited so long to build this.
Don’t forget you can get the printable plans for this Laptop stand by clicking here.
More DIY project ideas for your desk –
- DIY wood and acrylic pencil holder
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Anika's goal is to inspire and empower beginners with woodworking, DIY, home improvement, and home decor ideas.
She wants everyone to unlock their creative potential and experience the feeling that comes with making something. Nothing feels better better than seeing something and saying "I can make that!"