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Published on February 28th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Macbook Air Desktop Stand

Macbook Air Desktop Stand

Materials: IKEA FANTASTISK napkin holder

Description: When at work and at home I use my Macbook air with an external monitor mouse and keyboard. What I really wanted was a BookArc from Twelve South but I would need to get two of them and at $39 a piece I figured I could come up with something.

Macbook Air Desktop Stand
Macbook Air Desktop Stand
Macbook Air Desktop Stand

I thought of trying to make something similar out of wood etc. but wandering through IKEA I spotted the Fantastisk napkin holder and figured it would work and at a cost of under $2 it certainly fit the budget. I added the Apple sticker of course and added 4 small pieces of adhesive backed foam.

I will replace them in the next couple of days with those clear stick on feet that the hardware store sells. That should look a little better then the foam. The end result is a professional looking hack that lets me use my macbook air as a desktop computer that takes up very little room on my desk, and allows access to all of the ports on the computer.

~ Chad Parrish, Henderson, MN

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

31 Responses to Macbook Air Desktop Stand

  1. diego says:

    definitely THE solution. Thank you.

  2. markus says:

    great idea! i love it!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very nice, they also come in green.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You’re both brilliant! Thanks! I was just going to buy the $50 holder. This saved me $48!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well done sgwoot! You have every right to feel peeved. If you were Apple you would no doubt be taking out a lawsuit!;=)

  6. sgwoot says:

    Nice to see the hack which I’ve posted 3 years ago here.

  7. I think this is fantastic. As a new MacBook Air user I am looking for something similar. Time for a trip to IKEA.

    Check out my blog and my product reviews on YouTube

  8. Anonymous says:

    Went straight to IKEA for this purpose, and my husband and I bought 4 of these. Lovely and brilliant, Thanks!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Posted same about a week ago. Great minds…

  10. Cybercaronte says:

    Uf, it cost only 2 euros in Europe (Spain):
    It’s a little bit expensive in USA :)

  11. Cécile says:

    I love this idea ! :)
    Do you think it could also suit a regular computer (thicker) ?…

  12. Paul Martin says:

    Great bit of innovation, It always annoys me when even the simplest bits of branded plastic are the most expensive.

  13. Liz T. says:


  14. Neal Spinler says:

    @Timothy – He’s not using the screen on the Macbook when it’s in this setup. He’s hooking it up to an external monitor.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I bought that napkin holder. It broke the first time i tried to put napkins in it. Now you know :D

  16. kenavo says:


  17. majeral says:

    nice!! I have a Mac Mini love it..

  18. Anonymous says:

    Used this hack for my macbook pro for some time, using two holders due to the larger size. Never had any overheating issues despite the vents were facing down.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is not something I would recommend, since I’ve experienced myself that these break at any strain on the middle. It would be very unfortunate if the computer breaks because of this. A really good idea, but not good enough materials I’m afraid.

  20. Anonymous says:

    A rather famous ikea hack already. You need to stick soft pads on the inside of the napkin holder so that it won’t scratch your mac. Also, have the air vents facing up, not down, or it will overheat.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Useful for iPad too. Although smartcover or other hard cover is needed.

  22. Anonymous says:

    What does this set-up look like from the front? Am I correct in thinking that you have to look through the napkin holder to see your screen?


  23. Anonymous says:

    Super functional and good looking too.
    Love it!


  24. Anonymous says:

    love it! thanks so much for this idea!!!

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