Portable DVD Player Car Mount

I got a portable DVD player to entertain my son on long car trips (I highly recommend the Sony, btw). I have not found any car mounting system that meets my needs. There are soft cases that mount to the back of the front seat with straps, but they are hard to mount. There are mounts that use a tray supported by bungee cords between the headrests, but they wear out and are flimsy. So, having found nothing that suits my needs, I set out on making one that is easy to build, easy to install and remove, and cheap.

Supplies Needed:
¾” PVC Pipe
(3) ¾” PVC elbows
(1) PVC “T”
(2) Elastic Straps
Drill with drill bits
Something to cut the PVC pipe

The mount will hold the DVD player horizontally, using the car headrest to hold it in place. I built mine to hold the DVD player to the side instead of directly behind the seat so that my child could not reach the DVD player from his car seat or kick it.

DISCLAIMER:  I haven't crash-tested this mounting system.  I can't be held responsible for what happens in a wreck.  My guess is, if you hit something hard enough the thing will go flying...but if that's the case you've probably got bigger things to worry about.

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Step 1: Built a Platform

This isn’t rocket science here. Using 3 PVC elbow,1 PVC “T”, and some PVC pipe, build a platform that is slightly smaller than the DVD Player.  The player will rest on the platform.

Step 2: Built the Mount


Remove the headrest. If you don’t know how, read your owners manual.
Cut a piece of PVC pipe long enough to be a suitable base for your DVD player. It must be longer than the distance between both prongs that hold the headrest in the seat, but not so long that it flexes easily.

Drill 2 holes in the PVC stem that the prongs of the headrest will go through. No measuring needed here- just mark the holes by lining it up with the headrest prongs.

Step 3: Install


Put the headrest prongs through the PVC stem. Attach the base to the stem via the PVC “T”. Use 2 elastic Velcro straps to hold the DVD player in place on the base (oops, only 1 strap is pictured here).

To remove, you can just yank the platform off the stem piece and leave the stem piece in place.  Easy!



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    michele.l.dubois

    4 years ago

    Easy, affordable and brilliant idea! My husand made this in under an hour. Thank you for the easy instructions. We changed ours a bit. We connected the frame to both headrests for maximum stability. And used velcro.

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    BrianP5

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant idea. Instead of the belt tie down how about a velcro strap. Just an idea. After looking for way to long I will be trying a variation of this. Thanks for posting

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    Ville80

    5 years ago on Introduction

    My only concern is how it would affect the anti-whiplash function of some headrests. I love your idea otherwise if it's truly secure to the pvc box. Keeping our kiddos rear facing as long as possible so I'll keep looking for another idea though.

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    valkgurl

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I can't believe there have not been many more THANK YOU posts here----

    But wait--it's probably because all the OTHER readers are all blissed out riding in their now QUIET cars!!!!!

    Genius. First thing we will be doing for new car being picked up tomorrow. Hate all those dangling wires back there too---investing in PVC and zip strips here!

    I have LISTENED to CARS about 500 times--yet I have NEVER actually SEEN the movie.

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    shepnstein

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks. It actually took me a few tries in different configurations with different materials before I simplified it like this.

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    seamster

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I've been staring at the headrest of the passenger seat in our mini van for about a year trying to figure THIS out. Thank you. This is clever, and exactly what we need. As for the possible flying projectile issue, I agree with you. Most people on long trips in mini vans have about a hundred possible flying projectiles spread around throughout the vehicle. The DVD player might be the one that kills you, but if you've got a happy kid it's probably worth the risk.