PVC Laptop Stand

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Intro: PVC Laptop Stand

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.

6 People Made This Project!

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34 Discussions

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girishs23

Question 27 days 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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yoshio6

5 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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alcesteyoshio6

Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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

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charlesss4393

1 year 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

3 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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cdingo

7 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

7 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-diyonlyonebowman

Reply 9 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

10 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

10 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

10 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!

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Exc

10 years ago on Introduction

Hi. I've tryed your instructions but for my heavy laptop it seemed like it was to fall... so I build another one with pvc... some photos and instructions can be found here: my blog