Wooden Tech Accessories
Rather than letting our tech devices be an eyesore, we look for ways to blend their appearance with our home decor. This allows us to introduce new technology into our home without cramping the interior’s style. For anyone looking to follow in our footsteps, we recommend starting with device accessories. They’re affordable to make, small in size, & don’t require any knowledge in electronics. Since computers are some of the largest tech devices that can’t simply be stored away, we suggest tackling this device first. In this article, we’re going to walk you through a DIY wooden laptop stand that matches both classical & modern styles.
Wooden Laptop Stand Materials
If you already have some spare screws and a wood finish lying around, then this project only costs about $10. The piece uses two different styles of trim that total less than $4 for both pieces and only needs 3 feet of board which will add another $6. To get materials in these exact dimensions, Home Depot sells both trim & hardwood by the foot (in-store only).
Depending on the wood species, the options for different wood finishes will vary. If you’re working with pine, you can use pretty much anything. Oak, on the other hand, appears best when it has a finish that accentuates the wood’s gain. In terms of hardware, you only need 8 screws in total. If you’re using a transparent finish, we’d recommend pairing it with decorative looking hardware. Of the 8 screws, 4 should be between 5/8″ to 3/4″ in length. These will be used to fasten the outside corner molding to both the legs & the frame. To attach the quarter round molding to the frame, we’ll need 2 screws in 1-1/4″ length. Lastly, we recommend at least 1-1/2″-long screws for securing the frame to the legs.
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Laptop Stand Dimensions
In our example, the laptop stand is designed for 14″ & 15″ screen sizes. Thus, you may have to alter the plans a bit for a 13″ or 17″ screen size. Just check the dimensions of the pads on the bottom of your laptop to see if they’ll fit on a 10″ x 12″ frame. With our wooden laptop stand, the two trim pieces are easy to cut. Both the outside corner molding & quarter round molding should be cut to 12″ in length. The frame and the legs, on the other hand, require a little geometry. The frame (i.e. boards supporting the laptop) is made of two boards both cut to about 11″. One end of each board should be cut to a 30 degree angle to allow the stand to have flat front. Similarly, we’ll need two legs from the same board that both measure 4.75″ in length and also have a 30 angle on one end.