Make Your Own iPad Stand: 10 Cheap and Clever Ideas

Getting the most out of your iPad sometimes means going hands-free, but you don't need to spend another dime!

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  1. You Can't Put It Down


    Let's face it: Browsing the internet on your iPad takes two hands. One hand holds the device; the other hand swipes. Fine, but the approach no longer works if, for example, you want to watch a step-by-step video as you work on fixing the lawn mower. That's when you realize the importance—nay, the necessity—of an iPad stand. You could buy one, sure, but it's easy to build your own. It might only take a few minutes, and you can use parts you likely have already.

  2. LEGO


    Grab your youngster’s LEGO collection, and hopefully among its many colorful blocks, you’ll find pieces from a Technic building set: the sort used to build little cars with rack-and-pinion steering. These kits include bars and pins that firmly hold LEGO pieces together, enabling you to construct a sturdy and definitely fun-looking iPad stand. As a practical and whimsical finishing touch, incorporate rubber wheels to protect your tablet from scuffing.

  3. Hand Tool


    Want to be sure your stand will stay in place? Anchor it down with a pair of claw hammers. Yeah, the iPad could probably stand without assistance from the Philips head, but it's a nice touch—so is the polished hardware.

  4. Coathanger


    Cooking in the kitchen with an iPad is a potential disaster. Cinnamon dust can cover every speaker hole on the device; splattered sauce can muck up the screen. Elevate the tablet out of harm's way, while placing the display at eye level, by simply bending an inexpensive wire coat hanger with linesman pliers—$0 and ingenious!

  5. Office Supplies


    Ever seen the basic bookends sold at office supply stores? To work as iPad stand, one of those thin metal organizers hardly needs adjustment. All you need to do is tilt back the bookend's side to achieve the best viewing angle, then clamp on a pair of binder clips to prevent the tablet from slipping.

  6. Wood


    The simplest and most portable of the bunch, this stand consists of two wood arms that slip over the sides of the tablet. Glue a magnet to each arm so that when traveling, you can easily keep the stand paired with your iPad.

  7. PVC


    Perfect for scenarios in which a flat surface is unavailable, this lightweight stand (which you can break down and transport) is made of PVC pipes and fittings—easy and inexpensive material to work with.

  8. Corks


    If you have a couple of wine corks on hand, this is a fun stand to make. Here's how to do it: Drive a drywall screw through each cork, then tie cotton rope to the tip and head of each screw. The rope should be just long enough to hold the iPad steady as the corks meet the table top.

  9. Cardboard


    You can also create a stand with cardboard. Repurpose a FedEx box or, alternatively, use the one your iPad came in (avoid flimsier material like cereal boxes). The beauty of this design is the way it folds in half.

  10. Plywood


    Build a handsome stand with scraps of cabinet-grade plywood. Start with a 6"-wide, 11"-long chunk (with a thickness, ideally, of 5/8"). Then cut a 3/8"-wide slot at 25 degrees, about an inch or so in from a 6"-wide edge. Using a sander, carve out a divot for the home button, then chamfer the edges for a finished look.

  11. Packing Tape


    The round footprint of a packing tape roll is wide enough to keep your iPad upright, but for stability, the key here is to put the groove (for the tablet's base) off to one side of the centerline.

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