Lap Desks: 2 DIY & 3 Retail Buys

Lap Desks: 2 DIY & 3 Retail Buys

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Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 23, 2010

Lap desks can be ridiculously handy for small children. Maybe your space is small or they're not quite tall enough to work comfortably at your kitchen table, but either way, lap desks can be a great place for arts and crafts and homework. Here are a few finds from the retail world and two out-of-sight diy tutorials if you're up for making your own.

Here are a few of our favorite lap desks, boards and trays. We use them all the time in our own home and can attest to their functionality. Does your family have a favorite model that you don't see listed below? Let us know in the comments!

Lap Tray ($9.95) from Land of Nod. This tray is simple, basic and can easily be cleaned no matter what science experiment (or bowl of Cheerios) spills on it!

Dry Erase Lap Desk ($21.99) from Board Dudes. This setup is great for siblings who are just looking to color as well as for kids looking to take notes while they read. The adjustable easel surface can be quite handy for coloring pages.

Vintage Metal Trays. Although we found this one for $7.99 online, we see them all the time at local antique and thrift stores. Some are in better condition than others, but rarely do we see them priced over the $10 mark. We love that they held up for us when we were little and still have life to give, plus they're a good size to sit on the floor next to you as well as sit on your lap.

Little A's lap desk. Sometimes you don't have the space for a giant puffy lap desk hanging out in your home. This diy version is a great project that folds up easily and is even good for road trips.

DIY Kids Lap Desk. This is the same style lap desk we still use today. It conforms to your legs without feeling too hot - make your own with this simple diy tutorial.

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