# Make a Laptop Stand From Cardboard - the Quick and Easy Way

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My work computer is a 17" laptop, and I was tired of hunching over my desk all day to use it. I wanted a stand that would prop up the laptop's LCD screen to a more ergonomic height, but I didn't want to spend any money. This cardboard laptop stand provides a much better work environment at no cost!

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## Step 1: Tools and Materials

Of course you'll need cardboard. The piece I had handy was a little less than 1/4 inch thick. I wouldn't recommend using anything smaller.

You'll only need simple measuring, marking, and cutting tools.

## Step 2: The Two Critical Measurements

The first critical measurement is the desired height of the laptop's LCD screen. I propped the laptop up on books until it was roughly the same height as a LCD monitor, then measured from the table to the bottom of the laptop's back edge. In my case, the measurement was 4 inches.

The second critical measurement is the length to be supported by the stand. Measure diagonally across the bottom of the laptop, starting and ending about 2 inches in from the edge. Adjust this diagonal as needed to avoid bumps, feet, and other extrusions from the laptop's bottom. In my case, the measurement was 15 1/2 inches.

## Step 3: Measure and Cut Out the Laptop Stand's Legs

First, I measured out the 15 1/2 inch length of a leg, then the 5 inch rear height of the leg. I wanted a "block" at the front edge to keep the laptop from sliding off the stand, so I measured out a small rectangle 2 inches high at the front and 1 3/4 inches in from the front. On this last line, I marked off a point 1 inch from the bottom. Marking a line from this point to the 5 inch point at the rear gives us the cut lines for one leg.

You can repeat these measurements for the second leg or use the first leg as a pattern.

## Step 4: Cut Out the &quot;latching&quot; Slots

Next, I cut complementary slots on the legs so that they could be latched together. I first measured about halfway down the middle of the leg's bottom, about 7 1/4 inches, and drew a line at that point. I then placed a mark halfway up that line. This marks the bottom of the slot for one leg and the top of the slot for the other leg. I cut 1/4 inch wide slots.

## Step 5: Assemble and Enjoy!

Slot the legs together and inspect them to make sure the stand is level. Trim them as necessary. You're done!

## Step 6: Extra Credit - Making a Plywood Stand

After using my cardboard stand for 3 months or so, it started wearing out and becoming a bit sloppy. I could have made another one from cardboard but decided to make one out of plywood. It was simple enough - I just used the cardboard legs as a pattern. It looks like the plywood version will last me a long time.

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## 15 Discussions

Very good job! Easy to transport and store, reliable, easy to do. Thnaks for sharing.

could draw out a diagram to label out the measurements I'm still mixed up from the measurements of the distance away from the table and height of the LCD of the laptop.

same here- i love it, and unlike some other ones of a similar design, you had a great, easy to follow instructable and a much more simple design.

Well, actually i was looking at a few before seeing yours, and it was simple and easy, so...

Specifically, this one:
https://www.instructables.com/id/cardboard-laptop-stand/
was gonna make it but then saw yours.

I also made one for my dad for fathers day (shh!)
if you want, ill get some photos of that.
thanks alot! We dont make anything for father's day anymore!
plus, he's always travelling on business trips, so the portability's a feature.
Thank you again! 5 stars!

This was an awesome tip made mine for my lenovo T61. Basic as Bruc said but functional. THanks for the tips!