While some laptop stands work really well, others are definitely more problematic. This is one of the reasons why making your own is a good idea. You'll save money and end up with something that will work for you. When Oscar from Ottawa, Canada, started a new job, he discovered that he would have to adapt to life with a laptop. Laptops are great, but if you don't use a stand of some kind, you'll quickly realize that they are rarely at the right height. His laptop was connected to an external monitor, a Dell 20-inch, and he needed to raise the level of the laptop.
After being disappointed with what he could buy in a store, he decided to hack his own using IKEA Lansa handles and Ekby Valter brackets to make a laptop stand out of some IKEA bits. The benefit of this laptop stand is that it can also double quite well as a book holder, that can be useful in the kitchen or study.
- Two-pack LANSA Handles
- 2 EKBY VALTER Brackets
Putting this together is pretty simple. You just have to one handle at the bottom and one behind, so that they form the stand. All in all, it's a pretty simple hack that could work well for your laptop, if you've grown frustrated with the ones that are available. Further modifications could include some fabric so that the handles don't scratch the laptop.Conversely, the mStand from Rain Design is one of our favorite laptop stands. It's sleek and minimal, and does look really good on your desk. If you have been having laptop stand problems, then the mStand might work well for your.
[via Ikeahacker, photos by Oscar]