I like watching movies and TV shows, primarily before I fall asleep and when I wake up, but as a perpetual student, I'm too cheap/broke to buy an actual TV. Naturally, this leads me to watch my media through my computer (which is officially my entertainment system). In my old apartment, my desk was next to my bed, and all I had to do was move my laptop from the desk to my chair in order to see properly and have full control over it. When I moved to my new apartment, of course, my desk moved all the way across the room, and I lost all semblance of control over it.

To correct this, I downloaded an app (LogMeIn) for my iPad that allows me to control my computer. Works great in principle, but do I really want to reach over the side of the bed to grab my iPad, open the case, log in, and then be able to use my "remote control" every time I want to queue another episode? Of course not!

This project was the result of that laziness. I wanted a way to have easy access to my computer via my iPad with minimal effort, particularly in the morning when I can't open my eyes for more than 30 seconds, much less get up to my computer and turn on an episode of South Park. Obviously, you could also put this somewhere else -- the kitchen for easy access to the weather, news, and recipes; the living room for control of the surround sound system you were able to buy with your actual money that you made at your actual job; the bathroom so you can read your comic books sci-fi style. The list goes on and on. Enjoy!

Step 1: Materials

Chiggity-check that beautiful pic. Also, don't forget your POWER DRILL!!! (I LOVE POWER TOOLS :-D And yes, that is a new revelation).

Piece of wood (long and thin; 1/4" thick x 2" wide is a good one; you'll need at least 24" in length, more to be safe)
Plastic cards (for spacers; don't use old credit cards, because they have words that make them not-flat; used gift cards work best) -- NOT SHOWN
Wood screws (I used #10 x 1") -- NOT SHOWN
Book shelf (or anything else you're mounting the iPad to)

Saw (any kind will do; hack saws are a major pain in the a**)
Super glue
Tape measure
Level (if you wanna get fancy and make it straight, for whatever reason)
Sandpaper / sanding sponge / actual sand (just kidding, don't use sand, it gets everywhere)
Sorry forgot to add I love your writing style and you make me laugh
:-D Glad to hear it! I kinda write like I think, and I can never decide if that's a good or a bad thing...
but the real question is are you what you write? or is that what you eat??? I can't remember.
This is such a great idea! I am wondering if you have any ideas for making a homemade <a href="http://www.monitorsinmotion.com/products/mantis_desk_stand_for_ipad" rel="nofollow">ipad desk stand</a>. Thanks for this post.
when you side it in, yoiu should make it so it slides into a usb cable so it charges and syncs :)
Hopefully I get the iPad 3 for school :) That will mean I'll have the ONLY iPad 3 in the WHOLE school. As a bonus I will make this.<br><br>DRH
I should also note that I have a power strip between the bookshelf and the bed, so I can keep my iPad charging while it's mounted, and it slides out easily enough when I need to take it with me.
Final unsolicited comment (I swear!): I built this for a grand total of about 5 bucks. The wood was just over a buck, the sanding sponge was 3, and the screws were less than a dollar. Obviously, I had the bookstand already, as well as the hacksaw (bought to build a bike stand, which I might put up later; super glue was also leftover from this project, I believe), and I borrowed the power drill from a friend. The cards were just throwaways I had lying around.

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