Introduction: Simple Laptop Stand

I always use my laptop on my lap, and it tends to get really hot. I looked online for some kind of stand, but they were all really expensive. I made my own out of a scrap of plywood and some rubber. Now the laptop sits nicely on my lap and still has airflow around it.

Step 1: Gather Materials

I used a piece of quarter inch underlayment plywood that I found in the garage. I then used a scrap of industrial grade rubber that was lying around.

Step 2: Measure Twice, Cut Once

I measured the dimension of my laptop, roughly 12" x 9". Then I sized the plywood a little bit smaller, just because I wanted a smaller profile with the stand.
After I had my piece of plywood I eased the edges with a router to just to make it a little bit nicer. I then used a razor knife to cut out six pieces of rubber. I sized them to be roughly a square centimeter each. I made six so that the back would be a little higher, giving me a slight angle with the laptop.

Step 3: Glue

Next, I flipped over the laptop to find good spots to land the rubber feet. I decided to have it rest next to the laptop's feet. I marked the spots on the piece of plywood.
I used E6000 glue. It is a "craft" glue, but it will glue anything. I glued the two stacks of rubber first, then I glued all four down to the wood. Within 24 hours it was dry and they were solid as a rock.

Step 4: Test It Out

Once it's dry, put the laptop on it and see how you like it. You can always pry the rubber off and re-glue it. I didn't need to cut any angles on the rubber, becuase it squished down a little bit with the laptop. I had to scoot the laptop forward a little bit for balance issues.
It works out great, and it fits right in my laptop bag, too. The laptop stays a lot cooler with just a little bit of airflow around it.

Comments

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pape21 (author)2007-12-04

this is a similar to what i have just made for my laptop. it kept overheating when i had it on my lap and i didnt really have anywhere to store all my things (harddrive headphones, mouse etc). i made one out of wood with a 3/4 inch deep storage area inside and put a foam base on it. if anyone wants pics , reply and ill post them

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OSSMA (author)pape212011-10-17

hi, im not sure if you'll get this but i am doing a business idea for my school and i was wondering if you could put an image on so i could put it on, your idea is really good, and was wondering if you could give us some tips thanks.

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lukkbox (author)pape212009-03-12

despite the name 'laptop' ... laptops were never designed to be used on your lap bro they have air intakes UNDERNEATH and your lap/knee/nuts are blocking the only source of cool air IN this is the cause of your overheating OP' has made a fine example of a DIY riser nice one OP!

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gizmology (author)pape212008-02-21

Yes, yes, let's see it!

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rush_elixir (author)pape212008-02-18

Please post some pics here. thanx

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bmciver (author)pape212008-02-18

The possibilty of storage sounds nice. Let me see them pictures.

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lukkbox (author)2009-03-12

i made one of these from a plastic breadboard wrapped in foil to keep microwaves off of my nuts works like a charm nice one OP

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bretthall (author)2007-09-14

I've got a thing called the lapinator (which isn't DIY..) but is basically a foam pad with a semi-hard top to keep the laptop cooler. Well designed and inexpensive, I use it often.

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momster451 (author)2006-05-10

There are these squishy, cheap pillows from Walmart that you could glue to the back to make a more fitted surface for your lap.

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nospleen (author)2006-05-03

Yes, that is actually what inspired me. I just didn't need something so fancy, so I made a simple one. I guess that is Instructables at its finest!

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ianturton (author)2006-05-02

I've made a similar stand/board. I glued foam rubber to the underside and covered it in fabric to make it more comftable on my lap. I sprayed the top black so it blened in with my machine.

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radiorental (author)2006-05-02

velcro

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ranex (author)2006-05-02

is there a way to keep this attached to your laptop so u dont have 2 diffrent item lying around

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