Introduction: Simple and Cheap IPad Stand

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 This is a quick and painless solution until you get your expensive pre-order iPad stand :)

I just used stuff around the house. It's not the most elegant, but I didnt have to leave the house to do it!

- .97¢ basic metal bookend from staples
- 6 half circle rubber feet from the hardware store (2 bucks a pack)

Step 1: Stuff I Used

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 If you dont have this stuff around the house, you can pick these up at your local stationary store and or hardware store.

Step 2:

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- I put 2 pads on the top so the iPad could rest against the bookend's back without scratching my precious new toy.

- Then I added 2 more about 7/8" away from the back on the bottom top of the bookend. This will give you a near level view of the iPad.

- Then 2 more about 1-1/8" away from the back, to give me more of an angled view.

You can either rest your iPad on the rubber pads or in between them. Either way the surface of your iPad is protected from getting scuffed.

Step 3:

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 All done!


GuillermoA36 (author)2017-05-09

I made one from a CD Box, nothing needed to be fixed

enero (author)GuillermoA362017-05-09

how do you mean? Please share!

GuillermoA36 (author)2017-05-09

I am using a CD Box and it can be used again as a box

ElaineB4 (author)2016-07-10

simple from items lying around the house. Instead of the rubber buttons, used some of the felt sticky back squares (normally used on chair legs to help protect wood floors) b

gosphero (author)2012-11-30

It looks like a pretty efficient way to hold a tablet! I'll have to make this so I can play all of the apps with Sphero even easier!

macprodanfan (author)2012-09-22

Awesome idea and thanks for taking the time to share with us.

PHiLOS1 (author)2012-08-01

Going to give this a go this weekend, thanks for cool instructable!

enero (author)PHiLOS12012-08-01

Good luck, you wont need it ;) it's as easy as pie....actually if pie were this easy, we'd all have diabetes!

I'm still using mine after all these years. I've done some modifications to it since I posted this. Maybe I'll take some pictures and update it.

PHiLOS1 (author)enero2012-08-08

You were right - dead easy! Went to IKEA and bought some cheap "chrome" bookends and made the mods, my Dad loved it so much, he took it home with him and I now have requests from his friends for iPad stands and my Mum for a Kindle stand - sigh! - the joys of being the family Tech Support ;-)

Going to build my own this weekend and do the same for iPhone and iPod but using smaller bookends from a local retailer - once again, thanks for the great instructable!

Ray-l-l (author)2012-07-31

It works nice on the Kindle Fire as well. Thanks for a great Instructable.

enero (author)Ray-l-l2012-08-01

Hey good to know! I'm glad it works for you!

sheldor (author)2012-06-22

Great Instructable! I will try this. Trying to switch from MacBook to iPad is like trying to quit on Smoking: "You need help..."

batman96 (author)2011-09-26

V! To bad Hulu stopped playing it.

JeanetteJ (author)2011-06-25

What a clever idea this is! I had an unused bookend and purchased the little "pads" on a quick trip to Office Depot, as you suggested. Simple and easy to put together, my little iPad 2 stand is perfect! Thanks for your great idea! I might even decorate it with paints and stickers. I love it!! ;-)) JJ

abbyholverson (author)2011-04-12

Awesome! I've been trying to figure out a cheap and sturdy solution for a stand, this is perfect! Thanks!

enero (author)abbyholverson2011-04-12

Thanks! I'm actually still using it after a year, this stand has become my iPad's permanent home. I've been tempted to get a store bought one, but whats the point :D

pixelpartner (author)2010-07-31

The iPad works in ALL four orientations. So if you place it with the home button on top, it still works fine, but you can still plug in your charger.
I could have done this with my iPad3-D stand, but it's custom build anyway and has enough space below.

SNiPERSeyes (author)2010-04-17

Really? am i going to have to say it?  okay...
you bought a 600 dollar ipod thouch with 64 gigs maximum memory...
and you are telling me that you dont have enough money to pay for a stand...

Eirinn (author)SNiPERSeyes2010-04-19

He just spent all his money on the ipad and you ask why he has no money? :P

Guard13007 (author)Eirinn2010-04-19

 Exactly my problem! Except I had bought the iTouch, and now it's gone but I still have no money... Hmm, bad...

Profkool (author)Guard130072010-05-06

 The iTouch is a problem, not a product!

amando96 (author)2010-04-22

 Wow, the ipad is just a trend.

htxb (author)2010-04-22

Hey, I just ordered my iPad 2 days ago and have been thinking about how I could get a stand on the cheap...thanks for this great idea!!

apr1694 (author)2010-04-19

 I would count on a "cheap" stand to support my expensive iPad. I only trust my own hands.

Damp Cuttlefish (author)2010-04-18

you have an i-pad 0_o

enero (author)2010-04-16

 nice! hows the steadiness of it and how did you do?

Computothought (author)enero2010-04-16

Thanx,  I use for lots of things including books or even just sheets of paper to type from. I could make one a bit wider with a lower center of gravity. An instructable is up.

enero (author)Computothought2010-04-17

 You totally have to make an instructable for this!

Computothought (author)enero2010-04-17

You could probably make a better one, but your wish is my command....

bowmaster (author)2010-04-16

I'm just going to prop mine up on my cat.

enero (author)bowmaster2010-04-16

 If I had a cat handy when i made this, I would have stuck rubber pads on it.

bowmaster (author)enero2010-04-17

Cats don't like rubber pads. Only steel pads.

carlos66ba (author)2010-04-15

Oh!  No!!!!!  Apple will come screaming at you (or sue you).  You probably violated some EULA stating that the ipad can only be used with stuff "blessed" by them.  :)

capricorn (author)carlos66ba2010-04-15

Most probably :D

Expect a cease and desist mail for tonight :D

Jokes aside, easy cheap, practic and effective. Well done mate :)

enero (author)capricorn2010-04-15

 Thanks! Honestly I made this so I could watch V on the ABC app. It was the only incentive I had to give V another chance....At least I got a Feature (on here) out of making myself watch that episodic abortion! 

enero (author)carlos66ba2010-04-15

 Cool it, you guys are makin me nervous! I'm already seeing dudes wearing black turtle necks, old man jeans, and ear-pieces all over the place!


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