Makedo Laptop Stand




About: Makedo is a simple to use, open-ended system of tools for creative cardboard construction. Build imaginative and useful creations from upcycled (repurposed) everyday cardboard. Makedo comes to life in collab...

Build a cardboard laptop stand that keeps all the cables in place with no tangles. A must for everyone with a laptop. All you need is a box and Makedo re-pins and re-clips available at

This instructable was designed by Tanaka Satoshi, Makedo's master maker in Japan.

Step 1: Find

Source a cardboard box that is wide enough to sit your laptop on.

Step 2: Score/cut

Begin by placing the box on its side. Use the point end of the Makedo safe-saw and score from one corner of the box to the opposite corner.
Cut a hook shape just before the bottom corner to prevent your laptop from slipping.

Step 3: Fold

Fold inwards along the creased line.
Turn the box over and repeat on the other side.

Step 4: Fold

Fold the top flap to follow the slope of the
hook shape. Carefully place your laptop on the angled surface to ensure that it rests firmly without slipping off.

Step 5: Punch

Use the Makedo safe-saw and punch four holes through the flaps of the cardboard.

Step 6: Connect

Connect using Makedo pins and clips shown in the image.

Step 7: Build

To create a cable tidy slot, simply attach an extra piece of cardboard to the side of the stand and use the Makedo pin and clip to hold it in to place.

Step 8: Share

Your Makedo laptop stand is complete. Don’t forget to share and upload your creation to



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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago

    This is an excellent design -- thank you! I will make one suggestion for improving the aesthetics and the feel: score on the inside rather than the outside. It will still be easy to make a precise fold on the diagonal, but this way you'll have a smooth outside edge.

    Could you please comment about making the folds for the ledge? I find it difficult to make a precise fold going against the grain of the cardboard. The ledge is definitely the tricky part of making a cardboard laptop stand. From the pictures, your ledge came out beautifully.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Quite different from the robots and cars the kids make at work.. lolz
    Never thought of using Makedo products for adult uses.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    By all means ‘make do’ with other things you have lying around at home to make a similar stand. In this Instructable we are showing one way of doing it using our connectors that hold things sturdily – and are reusable.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Sweet! Nice job. I did something very similar with an Amazon box for my laptop. Mine doesn't look as good as yours. It works. :-)

    1 reply
    pat ambre

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Nice & tidy. Recommend that you check for wrist strain after you use for a while, and if your hand aches, modify the angle to more flat.

    crazy huh? Glue, tape, x-acto knife, those folding push-pin things. Otherwise all this Makedo stuff cost more than actually buying products. I don't like where this is going...... Maybe if make do actually told us what we could use that everyone has and then tell us why their product is even a better choice? I am actually interested in the saw for my son as it is safer than an x-acto knife, but this abuse of instructables means I will not be shopping at make do.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    An ordinary serrated steak knife would make a fine saw. Regular table knives are serrated - some more than others - so that might work too depending on the cardboard. But since they require more force they're more prone to slip & potentially injure. Might be good experiment for your son on picking the right tool for the job!

    Agree with commenters on the unfortunate marketing angle.

    I totally agree. Its also a contradiction to call yourself "Makedo" if one can't "Make Do" with what they have in the instructable...


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, it seems like it. Personally I wouldn't put up an Instructable on this as any reasonably imaginative person could do it without instructions or any special 're-pins'. No offence to the author, but this seems to be a marketing Instructable.