PVC Laptop Stand

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Introduction: PVC Laptop Stand

About: Can ninjas be messy? If so, I'm still in the running.

A laptop stand with cable routing for under $5 bucks. No gluing necessary. Save deskspace. Save your neck. Save your eyes. Etc.

Step 1: Cut PVC to Length

You will need

Six 5 1/2 " by 3/4" pieces
Two 11" by 3/4" pieces (for a powerbook, for a dell 14 inch make these two pieces 7" to 8")
Four Tee Joints
Four Elbow Joints

Step 2: Planar

Assemble two "shelves" like so.

Step 3: Route Cables

Route the cables through the bends as shown. USB connectors will fit with a little nudging. If you use those nifty CAT-5 adapters, you can snake VGA or DVI cables through this rig.

Step 4: Snap Together

No glue necessary! Friction should do you fine.

Step 5: Place Laptop

All done. No reason to be straight. Like MJ, this thing can do a supernatural lean. Sweet.

8 People Made This Project!

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34 Comments

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girishs23
girishs23

Question 2 years ago on Step 5

Hi nice design.. but does this not slip .. mean will not laptop slip as the pipes are round !!

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ZeldaDancer
ZeldaDancer

Answer 7 months ago

I was concerned about that too, so during testing, I found it depends on the size of your laptop and what it is made from. My 13" and 15" Macbooks with metal cases did slip, but plastic case on the Lenovo Yoga did not slip much. The Lenovo Legion does not move. I added large rubber bands wrapped around on the 4 corners on the top just before the final fit and glue, and that was enough friction that my macbook has never slipped off! Been using it since the beginning of the pandemic here in March without a hitch. We move them around as needed. We originally made 3, and later made a 4th one.

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yoshio6
yoshio6

8 years ago on Introduction

Just out of curiosity doesn't the laptop heat up enough to make the pvc release toxic fumes?

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alceste
alceste

Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

No, PVC need to get well beyond standard heak sink temperatures for that kind of release.

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Porné
Porné

Reply 2 years ago

GREAT GREAT HELP ! @alceste

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charlesss4393
charlesss4393

4 years ago

Haha this is incredibly ingenious! I love the fact that its such a simple and easy DIY project. I was reading reviews on laptopstandboss.com to elevate my laptop but I'm definitely going to make this instead. For a measly 5 dollars it cant be beat! Especially when some of these laptop stands costs an arm and a leg!

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bloman
bloman

6 years ago on Introduction

How stable would it be if you made it taller to use while sitting on a couch?

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mganpate
mganpate

8 years ago on Introduction

wowwwwwww.. thanks your mind............ its Matrix.........

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cdingo
cdingo

10 years ago on Introduction

Thanks for the idea! I created this today in about an hour. I edited the design a bit and put a third "shelf" in the middle. Very sturdy and works perfect for my MBP 15". I also zap-strapped my computer speakers to the sides.

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BigJuju
BigJuju

10 years ago on Introduction

Awesome! I just made one of these and it looks great! Exactly what I needed for my 15" MacBook Pro. It was super cheap AND really easy to make. Thanks for posting this.

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hifi-diy
hifi-diy

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

it looks a little silly if your ask me,lol you could run water through the pvc to make it a cooler too!!!!!!

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ygree001
ygree001

12 years ago on Introduction

Thanks a lot. This is the first instructable that I have actually made. I modified it a little to get my laptop at a comfortable typing angle, and I made another for my wife. I'll post a picture soon.

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jbiz24
jbiz24

12 years ago on Introduction

Yo, I had a need for a laptop stand/table by my bed. I was inspired by similar laptop stands from ikea. So with 1 1/4" pvc pipe and a mesh tray, this idea became reality. The stand may be a little big for some people, but it also has the ability to run a power cord through the 1 1/4" pvc pipe. The color scheme was meant to match my bed sheets. Conveniently the tray is able to hold my charging phone , external hard drive and stereo remote. Because of a lack of certain connectors, the stand took on a different shape than I had previously drew up. But it still works great.

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hppeeves
hppeeves

13 years ago on Introduction

If you have issues with your laptop sliding around, try using rubber bands around the front two elbows on top. Also, I used 1/2" pvc as suggested by someone, it really cuts down on the ugliness. Hope this helps!