Simple, Cheap, Portable Laptop Stand/cooler




This is a super-easy, low-cost project that anyone can do. This laptop stand/cooler can be made for any size or any brand laptop (I made mine for a 13.3 inch MacBook).

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Step 1: Materials List

You will need:

PVC (about 1 inch size)

Grippy pad (not sure what it's called - you will recognize it in the picture)

Hot glue gun

Hack saw (or similar)

Tape measure

Step 2: Measure

Easy: Measure your laptop's width and length. Write these measurements down for later.

By the way:

Length = Measurement left to right across your laptop when you view it from the front.
Width = Measurement from front to back of laptop (latch to hinges) when you view it from the front.

Step 3: Cut PVC

Cut the PVC pipe with the hacksaw to the length of your laptop.

Step 4: Measure and Cut Grippy Pad

Cut a piece of your grippy pad so that it is a couple inches longer than the PVC pipe and wide enough the wrap around the PVC pipe with about an inch of overlap. The pad should be longer than your laptop and around 6 inches wide. Don't put away that grippy pad roll yet, however. You will need more of it later.

Step 5: Apply Grippy Pad

Lay down a thin bead of hot glue across the length of the PVC pipe. Take your grippy pad and attach it to the pipe on this bead of glue. Give it a few seconds to dry. Roll the pad around the pipe and see how much it will overlap. Place another thin bead of hot glue where the grippy pad will overlap and then secure the grippy pad to this bead of glue. There should be an inch or so of excess pad on either end. Leave this here for the next step.

Step 6: Clean Up the Edges

Take the excess grippy pad that is hanging on either side of the PVC pipe and put hot glue on the inside end of it (see where the black line is in the picture). Stuff the excess grippy pad into the PVC pipe end press it to the edges so it adheres. If you like, you can put some sort of decorative stopper in the pipe to hide the rough edges.

Step 7: Cut Grippy Pad Sheet

Cut a grippy pad sheet that is as long as the PVC pipe (or laptop) with no excess lengthwise this time. The sheet should be as wide as your laptop with a couple inches of excess widthwise (If you're not sure how much excess just yet, that's fine... leave extra - you can always cut more later).

Step 8: Attach the Grippy Pad Sheet

Lay down another thin bead of glue (To make this bead less visually distracting, lay it over a previous bead of glue). To this bead of glue attach the grippy pad sheet. Let it dry and...

Step 9: Presto! - You're Done!

You've made a great laptop stand that will elevate your laptop and keep it cool. It can easily roll up and be stored in your laptop bag too!

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    19 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Wow!! Nice tutorial. After going through this article, it
    seems easy to make any sized laptop stand.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I think another user called it "marco mat" but it can be found just about anywhere... dollar store, Target, Walmart, grocery store, etc. It's normally used to prevent rugs from slipping on hardwood floors or placed in kitchen drawers.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is Great! Simple, Cheap and Easy! you could buy a cheap large capacity flash drive from and add a usb extension cable, an external storage device. Maybe do the same with a small fan!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    what about installing a small 5v (usb) fan IN the pipe & having a hole in the centre of the pipe so air is cooling the under side ,

    5 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    We could add LEDs too! A storage compartment! Gentlemen, we can rebuild it; we have the technology.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Brilliant! I think that stuff is drawer/cabinet liner. Pretty sure I've seen it at dollar stores. This is a very nice, practical and inexpensive solution. Thank you.

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. That stuff started out as shelf liner, but has been used for any number of things. I use a small bit to keep my cutting board from sliding when I'm trying to slice things. I also use it to keep my trackball mouse from sliding around if I get too enthusiastic in some of my games.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Thought: use a larger diameter PVC pipe, thin out the tucked in edges, and you can run your power cord through the pipe. Dunno about you, but mine in located on the left, but when working, often needs to be plugged into an outlet to the right. Running it through the back of this is a perfect solution. I'm going to modify this into a lap pad. :)


    10 years ago on Step 9

    Nice. That looks easy enough to do. Now I just need to find a laptop...


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Great, I like it - simple and elegant, I think that liner can be used for a lot of other application too, I use it to keep my laptop from sliding on my desk (drafters desk), and it works very well.