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Published on August 27th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Laptop/Book Stand

Materials: LANSA Handles and EKBY VALTER brackets

Description: A few weeks ago I started a new job, and discovered that the desktop computer has become a thing of the past. In its place was a ThinkPad T400 with a screen size of 14″ connected to an external Dell 2009W 20″ monitor. My challenge: how to raise the laptop screen to be at eye level with the Dell monitor to make this work for me. I thought of a laptop stand, and went out to buy one from the local office supply store. Its usefulness was limited – the laptop slid off the angled platform, so I took it back.

I heard about blog forums and researched how others had designed and assembled such stands from IKEA parts. From these ideas, I adapted the combination of parts listed below. The result: The completed stand works well as a stand for Thinkpad and my Acer 10.1″ net book. It is also multi-functional since my wife also sometimes uses it as a cookbook holder.

What you may need:

Two-pack LANSA Handles (Article number: 60138759)
Product dimensions
Length: 9 5/8 ” (245mm)
Depth: 1 5/8 ” (41mm)
Hole spacing: 6 5/16 ” (160mm)

2 EKBY VALTER Brackets (Article number:76696009)
Product dimensions
Width: 1 1/8 ” (3cm)
Depth: 7 1/8 ” (18cm)
Height: 9 ” (23cm)

~ Oscar J, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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14 Responses to Laptop/Book Stand

  1. ivan says:

    Sorry, what is exactly the diameter of the handles?

  2. Alan Alan says:

    Amazing how quick and cheap this was! The LANSA’s stock bolts fir the EKBY VALTER’s pre-drilled holes. They should sell this as a piece in Ikea!

    For those wondering will it suit their laptops screen angle, I’ve worked it out to be about 37 degrees, so make sure your screen can go beyond 110 degrees.

    Also, note when buying the LANSA handles to measure by the distance between the ‘Hole spacing’. So the 245mm should suit a landscape iPad and the 345mm should suit a regular laptop.

    Thanks for the great hack!

  3. Nicole says:

    I just made this and I love it! Thanks for the great idea – it was so completely easy! They were out of (or maybe don’t run anymore?) the 9″ EKBY VALTER brackets, so I went with the 11″ ones instead. Since I had the bigger brackets, and after some eyeballing on the floor in the kitchen section, I went with the 13″ LANSA handles, too. I’ve got a 13″ macbook air, and it works perfectly! What a great idea!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Just made this. My iPad fits perfectly at the viewing angle I need for following recipes and for watching movies. I’ll also use it for my binder of recipes. Thanks Oscar J for posting this.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Perfect hack. I just bought the parts today and build one for my 14″ laptop. Fits great. Thanks for this genius hack.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Nice hack, really. I went to IKEA to buy the gears and got another, even simpler, idea. I have a Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and sometimes I have wished I had a stand for it. I walked through the kitchen department browsing the shelfs and just like Gyro Gearloose I got an idea when I saw the kitchen drawer handles called STRECKET, I turned the little piece of metal upside down and there you go. Done.

    /Swedish Ikea Hacker

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is the BEST Ikea hack I’ve seen yet. It’s easy, functional, and so many people have laptops. I’m making a couple for family.

  8. Ted and Amy says:

    Instead, try using an old plastic-coated wire printer stand which was commonly used with the old dot matrix printers.

  9. Jem says:

    Great work on this hack –

    I have literally just built this, and not only does it look nice on my desk, the functionality is near perfect.

    In a weird way, the angle it places the laptop is just right.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hah! What a great use of the EKBY VALTER brackets. I actually have a pair of these that I bought for a project but never used. They’ve been sitting in my storage, since it was past the return date. Now I have some new ideas of what I can do with them!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Christopher says:

    I made one of these over the weekend to use as a recipe/cookbook holder. It’s a pretty nice piece for only $13 in parts.

  12. Anonymous says:

    While not made from IKEA parts, I have just taken a piece of wood from Bauhaus and some 10 cm legs and put together as a monitor stool.

  13. Amy says:

    I have the T400 too! It’s completely awesome. I’m definitely gonna try this hack. =)

  14. Anonymous says:

    You didn’t even have to drill holes in the brackets for the handles? Genius idea, thanks!

    I’m going to try to find different, more decorative brackets. I can really use one of these for my really hot-running Dell Precision (a HUGE laptop designed for engineering drafting).

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