I work in an industry that uses a lot of laptop computers to provide scoring servers for live sporting events. I designed this PVC Computer Laptop Rack to solve space issues in our rooms. The design allows for a small footprint, has proper cooling and allows easy access to the laptop if needed. I use remote desktop connection manager software to access the laptops, so once I log on, I can close the lids and put them in the racks. I route the power and network cables along the sides and leave enough slack on the cords in case I have pull them out to work on them, which is rare. Since these systems travel from event to event, the lightweight PVC frame can be folded down flat pretty easily for compact storage.
This rack could be easily modified to handle different sized laptops and any number of laptops. It could also be used to hold other items, like multiple network switches, cable boxes, books or anything else that is flat that fits in the space.
Step 1: Gather and Cut the PVC Pipe
I pre-cut everything before I assembled.
I used 1/2" T's and 90 degree Elbow connectors to connect the pipe. You can play around with different lengths for the horizontals. I cut 12 inch pipes. To connect the T's to form the "shelf", I cut short pieces and pounded them together so they were flush. I didn't use any glue.
Step 2: Real Life Usage
I've used this setup at a few events this year. I love it.