Simple and Cheap IPad Stand




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 This is a quick and painless solution until you get your expensive pre-order iPad stand :)

I just used stuff around the house. It's not the most elegant, but I didnt have to leave the house to do it!

- .97¢ basic metal bookend from staples
- 6 half circle rubber feet from the hardware store (2 bucks a pack)

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Step 1: Stuff I Used

 If you dont have this stuff around the house, you can pick these up at your local stationary store and or hardware store.

Step 2:

- I put 2 pads on the top so the iPad could rest against the bookend's back without scratching my precious new toy.

- Then I added 2 more about 7/8" away from the back on the bottom top of the bookend. This will give you a near level view of the iPad.

- Then 2 more about 1-1/8" away from the back, to give me more of an angled view.

You can either rest your iPad on the rubber pads or in between them. Either way the surface of your iPad is protected from getting scuffed.

Step 3:

 All done!

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    36 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I am using a CD Box and it can be used again as a box


    3 years ago

    simple from items lying around the house. Instead of the rubber buttons, used some of the felt sticky back squares (normally used on chair legs to help protect wood floors) b


    6 years ago on Introduction

    It looks like a pretty efficient way to hold a tablet! I'll have to make this so I can play all of the apps with Sphero even easier!


    7 years ago on Step 3

    Awesome idea and thanks for taking the time to share with us.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Good luck, you wont need it ;) it's as easy as pie....actually if pie were this easy, we'd all have diabetes!

    I'm still using mine after all these years. I've done some modifications to it since I posted this. Maybe I'll take some pictures and update it.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    You were right - dead easy! Went to IKEA and bought some cheap "chrome" bookends and made the mods, my Dad loved it so much, he took it home with him and I now have requests from his friends for iPad stands and my Mum for a Kindle stand - sigh! - the joys of being the family Tech Support ;-)

    Going to build my own this weekend and do the same for iPhone and iPod but using smaller bookends from a local retailer - once again, thanks for the great instructable!


    7 years ago on Step 3

    Great Instructable! I will try this. Trying to switch from MacBook to iPad is like trying to quit on Smoking: "You need help..."


    8 years ago on Step 2

    What a clever idea this is! I had an unused bookend and purchased the little "pads" on a quick trip to Office Depot, as you suggested. Simple and easy to put together, my little iPad 2 stand is perfect! Thanks for your great idea! I might even decorate it with paints and stickers. I love it!! ;-)) JJ


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I'm actually still using it after a year, this stand has become my iPad's permanent home. I've been tempted to get a store bought one, but whats the point :D


    9 years ago on Introduction

    The iPad works in ALL four orientations. So if you place it with the home button on top, it still works fine, but you can still plug in your charger.
    I could have done this with my iPad3-D stand, but it's custom build anyway and has enough space below.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Really? am i going to have to say it?  okay...
    you bought a 600 dollar ipod thouch with 64 gigs maximum memory...
    and you are telling me that you dont have enough money to pay for a stand...

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    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

     Exactly my problem! Except I had bought the iTouch, and now it's gone but I still have no money... Hmm, bad...