DIY Lap Desk

Sometimes you will face the moment when you are too lazy to move from your bed, and all that you want to do is just staying in bed all day long. On the other side, you also have to finish your work. That is why the lap desk is the answer.

And if you want to challenge your skill and you are on a budget, then the DIY lap desk is the best answer.

We have compiled sort of ideas that will help you to find the best project, which fits your budget and your desire.

Here are the DIY lap desk ideas for you:

DIY Simple Lap Desk

DIY Simple Lap Desk

When you are in the mood of staying in bed all day long, yet you want to keep productive, you will need the DIY lap desk. 

You will need a wooden lap desk to keep the surface flat. Besides, you will also need the padded part to comfort your lap while working. 

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • wooden lap desk
  • foam square
  • fabric 
  • trim
  • scissors
  • fabric glue
  • staple gun and staples 
  • wood stain and brushes 

Find the steps and further information here.

The ideas you might need DIY Computer Desk

DIY Padded Lap Desk

DIY Padded Lap Desk
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Using a laptop on the lap will make the lap feel hot, which probably affects the laptop’s performance. To convenient your time, you will need a proper lap desk. 

Here are the materials you will need to make the DIY padded lap desk:

  • Cradled artist’s board, 12 inches by 16 inches
  • 12-inch wide plywood
  • Wrapping paper
  • Decoupage medium
  • Brayer
  • Brush
  • Permanent adhesive
  • Hobby knife
  • Saw
  • Marker
  • 3-inch thick foam
  • Fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Scissors
  • Hook and loop fastener
  • 1/4-inch square wood dowel

If you love working at a desk, try this DIY keyboard tray. You can transform any surface into an ergonomic and stylish workspace with just some household items!.

DIY Lap Desk: Rustic It

DIY Lap Desk Rustic

It is always a good idea to use your laptop everywhere as you wish. You can utilize the board you have and combine it with the polyfoam to make it softer.

Create a beautiful DIY lap desk by wrapping the cushion or the polyfoam with burlap. You can even make it prettier by adding the paint on the wooden desk.

Make sure both the paint and the hot glue completely dry. The lap desk is ready to use. You can apply this style to the shadow box too.

DIY Scrap Lap Desk

DIY Open Lap Desk

Upcycling the scrap wood that scattered around your shed then turn it into the DIY lap desk is one of the best ways to challenge your skill and decluttering your stuff at the same time.

You can make the simple lap desk along with the storage underneath. You can see the steps and further instructions here.

Note: Opt to use the dark walnut wood stain to make it more adorable.

Hairpin Leg Lap Desk

Hairpin Leg Lap Desk

Bring in this rustic style of the DIY lap desk with the hairpin legs to your room. It works best to make you feel comfortable while you are using a laptop.

Other than that, placing the laptop on the lap desk while you are using on the bed avoid overheating. You can make this kind of desk effortlessly.

The materials you will need are:

  • Wood 
  • Four 8″ Hairpin Legs
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill and screws

Tips: Expose the texture and the color of the wood to accentuate the rustic vibe. 

DIY Lap Desk Within $20

DIY Lap Desk Within $20

Who doesn’t love to keep using a laptop on the bed comfortably without worrying about the overheating laptop?

To make you feel comfortable while using a laptop on the bed or the couch, you need a lap desk. 

Here what you will need to make a DIY lap desk:

  • Piece of Wood
  • Wood Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Craft wood
  • Foam
  • Solid Fabric 
  • etc

For further steps and information on how to make it, see them here.  

Cupboard Door Lap Desk

Cupboard Lap Desk

If you are wondering how to make a DIY lap desk easily and inexpensively, you can reuse the old cupboard.  You will need the hinges to connect each side of the board and create the legs.

Don’t forget to paint blue folk art chalk the cupboard door and seal the desk with the clear wax.

It can be a perfect laptop holder on the bed. Other than that, it can also be used for breakfast.

DIY Ipad Catcher Lap Desk

DIY Ipad Catcher Lap Desk
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Having an iPad catcher is one of the best ways to convenient your activity while using the iPad or even a laptop.

Combine the wooden board and the foam. It can hold your gadget stably and comfortably in one.

The most important thing is you can add the lip to keep the iPad and the laptop from falling off the desk.

Decorate it and make it looks adorable by wrapping the foam with the fabric. On another side, you can keep exposing the wood.

DIY Shabby Chic Lap Desk

DIY Shabby Chic Lap Desk

Add the girly hint to your room through the shabby chic DIY lap desk. Since most of some works are done on the computer, you need a new alternative to keep your working time as comfortable as it can be.

The supplies you will need:

  • Woodcutting board
  • Fabric
  • Foam
  • Paint
  • Staple gun
  • Glue gun
  • Trim 

The detail steps and instructions will be explained here

DIY Cushioned Lap Desk

Cushioned Lap Desk

If it is impossible to find the right wooden board to make a DIY lap desk, you can repurpose the tray and turn it into the lap desk.

Make the lower part of the desk soft by using a bean bag, then glue it to the tray. Avoid the boring appearance by wrapping the bean bag using your favorite fabric pattern.

Note: This project requires basic skill sewing

DIY Folding Lap Desk

DIY Folding Lap Desk

If you are wondering how to deal with the limited amount of wooden board while making a DIY lap desk, you can make the folding lap desk. Besides, it also can be practical stuff you will love.

You need to measure the wood you will use, cut them, then sand them down. Connect the legs to the top of the lap desk using the connecting bolts and caps.

Give a finishing touch by painting it with the black walnut paint.

DIY Laptop Desk

DIY Laptop Desk

However, sometimes it is boring to work in front of your computer. That is why you need a new ambiance while working. And the DIY lap desk is the best answer. It can be a mini-set working station, very good for research jopglass.

You can make it by yourself using the following materials:

  • 2 X 2 desk legs
  • 1 X 2 front and back apron
  • 1 X 12 desk top
  • Wood Glue
  • Sand Paper
  • Stain or Paint

See the tutorials on how to make the DIY lap desk here.

DIY Lap Desk – Keep It Handy

DIY Handy Lap Desk

Find the best solution for those who are a workaholic where they can even work in bed.
You can utilize the available wooden board around the house.

Make it handier by cutting the board according to the curve and add a hole where you can take it easy.

Other than that, you will also need a rail where it can hold your laptop as well. If you want to keep it looks natural, you can only sand them and polish it as well.

Straightforward DIY Lap Desk

Straightforward DIY Lap Desk
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Make the DIY lap desk within minutes is not a big deal since you can make it real quick. 

You can make a simple desk with the simple materials you own. Here is the challenge. You have to make it adorably.

You can use the wooden lap desk top, foam square, fabric trim, and any other materials

You can start by spraying the wooden desk with adhesive to attach the foam piece. After that, cover the foam with the fabric.

Pull the fabric tautly around the foam side. Secure with staple gun along the perimeter. Trim the fabric, voila! The DIY lap desk is done and ready to use. 

Easy Lap Desk with Storage

Easy Lap Desk with Storage

Having stuff that can hold the laptop handy and storing the other stuff is such a great thing.

It must be expensive if you try to find it at the store. Save your money and make the lap desk by yourself.

This project requires the medium skill of woodworking. But you don’t need to worry about that. You can see the supply materials along with the steps to make the DIY lap desk here.

DIY Easy Laptop Desk

DIY Easy Laptop Desk
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The lap desk is such crucial stuff for you who is on the energy-saving mode. It helps you to support the laptop and keep it stable when you are working in bed.

However, creating it by yourself is way better than buying it at the store. Besides saving your bank, it also can upgrade your woodworking skills.

Are you wondering how to make it? Click here to see what you will need and what you have to do.

DIY Lap Desk With Pencil Holder

DIY Lap Desk With Pencil Holder

Upcycle the trays you have and turn them into the DIY lap desk for your children to convenient their studying time.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • Trays
  • Neck Pillows
  • Small plastic buckets
  • Scotch fasteners strips

It is an easy peasy project. You can even ask your children to make it.

Cut two strips of the fasteners, apply them to the underside of the tray.
Place the pillow, seam side down on the fasteners. And the last, press firmly.

Artsy DIY Lap Desk

Artsy DIY Lap Desk

Bring in the artsy touch through the DIY lap desk. You can start making the lap desk, the mini size of the desk, which is easy to make. Cover the other part of the tabletop with tape.

After that, you can play with the paints. You can make the abstract pattern by pouring the random color of the paints, then mix them up with a foam brush.

Let it dries completely.

DIY Lap Desk With Cushion

DIY Lap Desk With Cushion

There are bunches of the DIY lap desk with cushion, indeed. You can improve some elements in it. You can also change the shape of the desk and make it both prettier and handier at the same time.

You can use the plywood sheet, then cut it on the line. Sand it down and make sure every part of your DIY lap desk is smooth.

After that, apply a thinnish coat of Mod Podge, then place the wallpaper. Press down with the brayer to remove the air bubbles.

Add a cushion to the lap desk. For further steps and details, click here.

DIY Lap Desk With Storage

DIY Lap Desk With Storage

This DIY lap desk with storage is such ideal stuff for your children. It can be the desk where it can hold the paper, iPad, or even the laptop.

On the other side, they can store their stuff underneath. And if you want to create the soft part, you can fill the box with the rice, dry beans, or bean bag filling.

What you will need:

  • Clipboard
  • Unfinished wood storage
  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Bean bag filling, rice, or dry beans
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Superglue

The steps and further information will be explained here.

DIY Lap Desk Travel Pack

DIY Lap Desk Travel Pack

When it comes to travel with your children, everything must be tricky. You have to make sure your children feel comfortable during the journey. The DIY lap desk travel pack is the best suggestion to cope with the uncomfortable journey of your children. You can turn the tray in your kitchen into the desk.

Make it handier by creating the bag-shaped lap desk so that it can be carried easily.

It works best as the desk and the storage at the same time, which is adorable.

Make sure you choose the best color and pattern of the fabric that your children will love it as well. See the steps and get your own lap desk here.

Those are the ideas we have compiled to inspire you.

Have you decided which one is your favorite project that fits your budget and your needs at the same time? Please share on the comment box below.

Happy DIY-ing!

DIY Handy Lap Desk
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