Introduction: Laptop Stand With Hidden Organizer

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This laptop stand is completely made out of cardboard and has a useful organizer that gets hidden once the laptop is placed on top of it. It's perfect to store all of those cables and stuff that you may need while using your computer.

I needed to keep my Macbook Air 11'' higher, at least as high as a regular 15'' laptop would be. That's actually my habit speaking since I was used to a 15'' notebook :D

Other than this, my cat keeps jumping on my desk playing with all of my usb keys and cables so I really needed a place where I could store all of them.

I joined these 2 needs and came up with the idea for this cardboard stand.

It's extremely cheap (I spent nothing) since I used some cardboard I had from an old box.
Despite the text printed on some of it I decided to keep it that way, but you are free to paint or cover it with whatever you like, of course!

Let's see how I made it!
And please vote for it if you like it :)

Step 1: Supplies

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  • cardboard
  • white glue
  • ruler
  • cutter
  • pencil

Step 2: Cut the Pieces

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The first pieces you need for this stand are 2 identical right triangles 25 x 13cm (9.84''x 5.11''). The diagonal side will be about 28cm (11'').
All you have to do is drawing them on cardboard and carefully cut them with a cutter.

If you follow this size you'll obtain a stand that is 13cm tall.

Other than these 2 triangles you need 3 rectanglular pieces of 3 different sizes:

  • 30 x 10 cm (11.81'' x 3.93'')
  • 30 x 8 cm (11.81'' x 3.14'')
  • 30 x 5 cm (11.81'' x 1.96'')

Step 3: Make Some Cuts

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Draw a 10cm (3.93'') tall strip that is as thick as your cardboard's thickness, at about 1cm from the short side of the triangles. My cardboard is 0,6 cm thick so the strip I made is 10 x 0,6 cm.
The strip must touch the bottom border, as you can see in the picture.

Drawing it at 1cm from that side is not necessary, it can be a little less or a little more, what's important is that you keep the same distance for both triangles.

Now draw a 8cm (3.14'') strip at about 6,5cm (2.55'') from the previous one and cut both of them out being very accurate.

Step 4: A Few More Cuts...

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You still need to make a couple of cuts:

take the smallest rectangular piece and draw a thin strip at 3cm (1.18'') from the short side. This strip must be as thick as the others and 3cm tall.

Do this on both sides of the rectangle and cut them out.

Step 5: Compose the Stand

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When you are done cutting all of the pieces, apply some glue in the triangle's cut and insert the 2 biggest rectangles in them, placing the triangles at 3cm (1.18'') from the rectangles' sides.
Of course, the 8cm rectangle must go into the 8cm cut, and the 10cm rectangle in the 10cm cut.

Put some glue in the remaining rectangle's cuts now and insert it in the triangles, at about 10cm (3.93'') from the middle rectangular piece.
Please take a look at the picture to understand what I mean.

Step 6: Make the Base

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Cut 2 more rectangles out of cardboard: these must be as big as the bottom sections of your stand.

These are the sizes I made, but they may be slightly different than yours so make sure to measure your base first:

  • 23,2 x 8,5 cm (9.13'' x 3.34'')
  • 23,2 x 6,5 cm (9.13'' x 2.55'')

Once you've cut them, put some glue on their borders and place them at the bottom of your stand, making sure to insert them in the 2 sections so that they won't change the height of the stand, as you can see in the pictures.

When the glue is dry, you can finally start using your new laptop stand and fill it with all you need!
Cool, isn't it? :)


Gustavo Aguiar made it! (author)2017-06-28

I'm so glad you made that tutorial! My laptop is larger than the usual, so I resized your numbers proportionally to fit my measurements. That was as easy as awesome to make it. I loved the result. Thanks!

RaúlT5 (author)2016-07-23

Thank you for make it in cm. It was so easy to make that I love this idea

jstormer (author)2016-06-26

Just ran across this, even though it's over a year old--what a great idea!

I saw a plywood version with this interlocking piece idea, but for an adjustable height stand, to allow you to go from sitting to standing...this basic idea looks like it could be modified fairly easily by making the uprights taller...

now to find enough cardboard...may have to go dumpster diving...

adventures_in_short (author)2016-04-23

This is really cool! I love how easy it is to make. I've been looking for a laptop stand for a while and most of the diy ones are made from pvc pipes which don't look as good as this does :D

AlexF17 (author)2015-07-31

Dose it only hold the Mackbook Air, or can it hold all difront moddels?

lindarose92 (author)AlexF172015-08-24

Depending on the size you make it, it can hold any laptop.

AlexF17 (author)AlexF172015-07-31

or do you need to ajust the with of the carbord in step four

sarawelder (author)2015-08-23

nice idea, simple, easy to do and cheap. I plan to make a version of this that is not glued together to go in my suitcase for travel

adithyashok (author)2015-05-09

Sorry if it comes out as rude, but why would you want to hide an organiser? Even if valuable items are placed, the box will stand out....
But it is a great idea for home arrangement. I'm definitely going to try it out.

lindarose92 (author)adithyashok2015-05-10

The main purpose of this project is to hold my laptop...then the organizer came useful and takes little space, so why not?

dashinggurl (author)2015-03-18


kmoore54 (author)2015-03-13

What a great idea! I've so been needing something for my laptop but didn't really have the cash to buy a stand and then I came across your idea. Awesome. Thank you for doing this!

lindarose92 (author)kmoore542015-03-13

Oh I am so glad about that! And if you want to share a picture of your creation when you are done, I would love to see it :)

rmart9 (author)2015-02-18

This is my version with a few changes, adapting the stand to my laptop. Now I'm thinking about make it again but this time using wood instead cardboard. :D

Thanks a lot.

lindarose92 (author)rmart92015-02-19

Great!! I love the smaller compartment on the side. It will be interesting to see the wooden version ;) Thanks for sharing!

rmart9 (author)lindarose922015-02-19

hahaha the space in the left-top-corner is because my laptop have a few fans in that place so is a way to protect it from overheating

lindarose92 (author)rmart92015-02-19

lol very clever!

anderson.alin (author)2015-02-12

this is prty epic


pdaryani (author)2015-02-09

just a word, Awesome!! :)

lindarose92 (author)pdaryani2015-02-09

Thank you so much!! :)

suzette.c.brophy (author)2015-02-07

very good idea


suzette.c.brophy (author)2015-02-07

very good idea

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2015-02-06

Wow! This is awesome Linda! Voted!

Thank you so much Muhaiminah!! :)

earrieta made it! (author)2015-02-06

Muy bueno y funcional. .

lindarose92 (author)earrieta2015-02-07

Wow!! See how fast it was? Your stand turned out great! Thanks for sharing the photos! :)

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2015-02-06

The mistress of cardboard rocked again:)

lol thank you Tarun! It looks like I have a house full of cardboard :D

rockerchandru (author)2015-02-06

Useful idea.


K_M_M (author)2015-02-06

This is so helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!

lindarose92 (author)K_M_M2015-02-07

I'm so glad it's helpful to you as well!! :)

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