Simple Laptop Stand From MacBook Packaging

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Introduction: Simple Laptop Stand From MacBook Packaging

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

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

Step 2: Cut the Foam

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

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

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

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

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    23 Discussions

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    007dna
    007dna

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

    007dna

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    explosivemaker

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

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    dangeross
    dangeross

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    thenewdoctorwho
    thenewdoctorwho

    11 years ago on Step 4

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

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    taji kato
    taji kato

    Reply 11 years ago on Step 4

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

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    taji kato
    taji kato

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Kasm279
    Kasm279

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    sebergast
    sebergast

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    pedrolg93
    pedrolg93

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Tanners
    Tanners

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    nanticommando
    nanticommando

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Pixel Jokey
    Pixel Jokey

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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-

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    lemonie
    lemonie

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Cartermarquis
    Cartermarquis

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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.