Introduction: Simple Laptop Stand From MacBook Packaging

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This is a simple laptop stand made from the packaging of a MacBook. Simple to make, and saves the styrofoam from heading to the landfill. Besides the styro that comes with the MacBook has great architectural elements. All you need is the styrofoam packaging that came from your MacBook, 3.5" deck screws (2), and a means of cutting the styrofoam. I am designer at http://www.massivestudios.info & the idea came to while searching for a cheap effective laptop stands online.

Step 1: Get the Packaging

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There are a couple of pieces of foam that come with the packaging, use what ever one you want.

Step 2: Cut the Foam

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Cut the foam to create the stand base, I cut mine right along the seam where the cords where stored during shipping.

Step 3: Set the Screws

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I used 3.5" deck screws to hold the foam together. The foam is dense and the screws made a great bond, just don't over tighten as you can strip the holes out. I counter sunk my screws so I would never scratch the bottom of my MacBook.

Step 4: That's Basically All There Is to It

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Here is a side view of the stand, as you can see the holes that Apple created in the foam will allow for air flow. Some of the stands have lips on the front to keep the laptop from sliding off. The friction of the foam holds the MacBook just fine.

Step 5: All Done and Ready for Action

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You can still access the sides to plug in your peripherals.

Comments

007dna (author)2009-12-29

 Wow....You have a lot of cords in your 'Book...

007dna

PSPerson (author)007dna2011-11-13

I was going to say the same thing.

robotkid249 (author)2009-06-17

BTW the new macbooks do not have any styrofoam

Kasm279 (author)robotkid2492009-07-24

what is in them btw?

ElvenChild (author)Kasm2792010-12-24

plastic

explosivemaker (author)2009-12-13

ha ha ha....using screws with Styrofoam....and people though I was weird for using screws and cardboard....

dangeross (author)2009-08-20

I flipped the big piece upside down so the laptop would fit nice and snug in the grooves....

thenewdoctorwho (author)2009-06-21

just built it, verynice. but extremely annoying. it squeaks on my desk every time i click or press a button on the keyboard. grggggg

try putting a tshirt on the bottom thats what i did.

taji kato (author)2009-08-06

haha! thank you i knew that one day the Styrofoam will be a use to me one day lol

robotkid249 (author)2009-07-25

The new ones have these cardboard right angle things...

Kasm279 (author)2009-07-24

yet another reason to get a macbook... *drools*

sebergast (author)2009-06-28

damn! I have trowed the packaging of my macbook away but it's a nice instructable:D

pedrolg93 (author)2009-06-23

dude thank a lot i was looking for one and now i don't need to buy it anymore it's just perfect, and i don´t get any squeking =D

Tanners (author)2009-06-01

this is a genius idea! its so cheep. Its free! and fits the macbook perfectly. I will definitely do this if I get a macbook for a graduation present. I hope I do!

nanticommando (author)2009-03-14

The best homemade stand I've seen. I've been drooling over laptop stands for my macbook pro, and this is the first one I've seen worthy of making. My only change was that I used the other side of the packaging (so that my notebook fits snug inside of it. I can't access the cd-rom without removing it, but I never use it anyway. Thank you for this great idea.

nanticommando, thanks for the kind words about my laptop stand! I also spent countless hours looking for a laptops stand. Finally , I just decided to build my own, and came up with this concept. Cheers-

lemonie (author)2009-02-25

That stuff came with a MacBook? They're even thinking about design in packaging...? L

Cartermarquis (author)lemonie2009-02-25

Design in packaging is something that (I think) sets Apple apart from other companies. They have freakin' origami masters in Cupertino.

gmjhowe (author)Cartermarquis2009-02-26

Yes, that they do. It adds the the whole experience, when you get a new Mac, opening it, is half the fun, discovering the stickers, or marvelling at the little black screen cloth with an embossed apple logo in the corner.

Pixel Jokey (author)2009-02-25

Apple consistently wins awards for there package design.

marc92 (author)Pixel Jokey2009-02-25

When I first got my MacBook, (the aluminum one) I used the box it came in as a case. It had padding, was form fitted to the computer, and had storage for accessories and several CD's. Also, nice 'ible

acaz93 (author)Pixel Jokey2009-02-25

They are also considered a green company due to it packaging methods

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