Netbook & Laptop Stand





Introduction: Netbook & Laptop Stand

A simple laptop stand in timber and steel made from cheap materials

Step 1: Materials & Tools


2 large wooden door stops (wedges)
1 metal bracket (see image)
4+ button head wood screws
4+ self adhesive non-slip pads

The metal bracket should be wide enough to provide adequate support for your laptop. This one was about 250mm (10inches) wide. It is important to use button head screws, as countersunk screws will not sit well in a bracket. The non-slip pads need to be thicker than the screw heads to avoid scratching the laptop.

All up this was less than $20AUD


Drill bit
Screwdriver bit

The drill bit should be about the diameter of the screw shaft for hardwood, or about 1/2mm smaller for softwood. The screwdriver bit should match the screw head (e.g Phillips head/crosshead).

That's all. Nice and easy.

Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Mark out the position of the screws on the timber. I lined up the holes to make sure each side would be identical. When marking, think about whether horizontal and vertical screws are spaced enough to avoid intersecting.

When looking at placement of the screws, consider where you will place the pads (step 4). As it will probably be best to have the pads as close to the corners as possible, you may want to position the screws further down from the top.

Step 3: Screw It

Drill holes in the timber. Make sure you drill perpendicular to the surface you are drilling, or the screws will not sit straight against the bracket.

Affix the bracket to the timber using the screwdriver bit. Make sure you don't strip the screw head (especially in hard wood). If the screw won't go without jumping, try re-drilling 1/2mm / one gauge larger.

Step 4: Padding

Stick on the adhesive pads. I might have used a few too many here, for a nicer look try one at each corner.

If you have a particular laptop you want to use it with, make sure the pads aren't going to obstruct the airflow.

Step 5: Done

Your laptop should sit nicely on the pads without scraping on the screws. If the laptop is large, make sure you move it down the stand so it doesn't overbalance backwards.

There should be plenty of room for at least the normal airflow around the base of the laptop, and the steel bracket will allow you to easily add a fan, and keep it out of site.

The laptop now sits at a better angle for typing, and moves the screen up about 400mm (~2 inches) for easier viewing.




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    Nice instructable! Maybe i'll give it a go.

     i made a wooden stand but mine had a 3" fan and 2x5watt speakers in the front.

    i made mine with 2 squares of 10mm board then drill a lot of holes were the speakers and fan was then in between the boards i put corner bits.

    good to see you didnt just buy some cheep laptop stand =]
    5 outa 5

    This is cool. How is that netbook? I've been looking at that asus aspire one netbook and the asus eee pc netbook, and I can't decide what one I should get.

    I haven't used the EeePC, but I can recommend the AA1. This is the AA1 (model AOA110L) with an 8GB SSD and 1.5GB RAM. It weighs less than 1 kg, and is smaller and lighter than most of my textbooks. I have Ubuntu 9.04 installed and use it as my main PC. It is great for everyday workloads e.g. Firefox+OpenOffice+Rhythmbox etc.

    Do they still make that one anymore? I searched online and all I could find were the batteries for it.

    I'm not sure if they are still in production. I bought this one new for $340AUD (about $280US) four months ago on Ebay, and Expansys had them online until just recently, but it probably depends where you are. The newer ones don't have the SSD, and probably come with Windows, so they will be more expensive and heavier. The standard battery in the original AA1 is a 3 cell, which will only give 2 hours of battery life.

    And before anyone says anything about the price, I know that would be expensive if I was in the US. But I'm not. In Australia, the cheapest netbooks now are about $600AUD (you pretty much can't get the Linux ones anymore), so this was a great deal.

    So the keyboard isn't too small? That's what I've heard on a lot of the netbooks.

    The keys are not smaller themselves, but are placed closer together. I find it fine for extended use except for the absence of a numeric keypad, and not having dedicated home/end keys. Of course having a riser or stand is really helpful, as the AA1 is so thin that your hands are at the wrong angle when it is sitting flat on a desk.

    How much is this useful,I am asking about the temperature drop?