Introduction: Makedo Laptop Stand

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Build a cardboard laptop stand that keeps all the cables in place with no tangles. A must for everyone with a laptop. All you need is a box and Makedo re-pins and re-clips available at

This instructable was designed by Tanaka Satoshi, Makedo's master maker in Japan.

Step 1: Find

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Source a cardboard box that is wide enough to sit your laptop on.

Step 2: Score/cut

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Begin by placing the box on its side. Use the point end of the Makedo safe-saw and score from one corner of the box to the opposite corner.
Cut a hook shape just before the bottom corner to prevent your laptop from slipping.

Step 3: Fold

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Fold inwards along the creased line.
Turn the box over and repeat on the other side.

Step 4: Fold

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Fold the top flap to follow the slope of the
hook shape. Carefully place your laptop on the angled surface to ensure that it rests firmly without slipping off.

Step 5: Punch

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Use the Makedo safe-saw and punch four holes through the flaps of the cardboard.

Step 6: Connect

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Connect using Makedo pins and clips shown in the image.

Step 7: Build

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To create a cable tidy slot, simply attach an extra piece of cardboard to the side of the stand and use the Makedo pin and clip to hold it in to place.

Step 8: Share

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Your Makedo laptop stand is complete. Don’t forget to share and upload your creation to


aparente001 (author)2016-05-29

This is an excellent design -- thank you! I will make one suggestion for improving the aesthetics and the feel: score on the inside rather than the outside. It will still be easy to make a precise fold on the diagonal, but this way you'll have a smooth outside edge.

Could you please comment about making the folds for the ledge? I find it difficult to make a precise fold going against the grain of the cardboard. The ledge is definitely the tricky part of making a cardboard laptop stand. From the pictures, your ledge came out beautifully.

laideekim (author)2012-05-14

Quite different from the robots and cars the kids make at work.. lolz
Never thought of using Makedo products for adult uses.

makedo-able (author)2012-03-05

By all means ‘make do’ with other things you have lying around at home to make a similar stand. In this Instructable we are showing one way of doing it using our connectors that hold things sturdily – and are reusable.

AT (author)2012-02-24

Sweet! Nice job. I did something very similar with an Amazon box for my laptop. Mine doesn't look as good as yours. It works. :-)

makedo-able (author)AT2012-02-26

Thank you! :D

pat ambre (author)2012-02-20

Nice & tidy. Recommend that you check for wrist strain after you use for a while, and if your hand aches, modify the angle to more flat.

canucksgirl (author)2012-02-19

Just so I understand correctly, we have to BUY pins and clips from you to make this?

cloverstreet (author)canucksgirl2012-02-19

crazy huh? Glue, tape, x-acto knife, those folding push-pin things. Otherwise all this Makedo stuff cost more than actually buying products. I don't like where this is going...... Maybe if make do actually told us what we could use that everyone has and then tell us why their product is even a better choice? I am actually interested in the saw for my son as it is safer than an x-acto knife, but this abuse of instructables means I will not be shopping at make do.

FonHom (author)cloverstreet2012-02-20

An ordinary serrated steak knife would make a fine saw. Regular table knives are serrated - some more than others - so that might work too depending on the cardboard. But since they require more force they're more prone to slip & potentially injure. Might be good experiment for your son on picking the right tool for the job!

Agree with commenters on the unfortunate marketing angle.

canucksgirl (author)cloverstreet2012-02-19

I totally agree. Its also a contradiction to call yourself "Makedo" if one can't "Make Do" with what they have in the instructable...

Fodaro (author)canucksgirl2012-02-19

Yeah, it seems like it. Personally I wouldn't put up an Instructable on this as any reasonably imaginative person could do it without instructions or any special 're-pins'. No offence to the author, but this seems to be a marketing Instructable.

macjedimatt (author)2012-02-17

You could also dress it up a bit with wrapping paper or that sticky contact paper.

makedo-able (author)macjedimatt2012-02-17

That's a great idea! Thanks for the tip. :)

mikeasaurus (author)2012-02-16

Great reuse for those boxes!

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