DIY Laptop Stands

In today’s article we’ve pulled an old relic out from the archives, polished it off, and realized- hey this is still pretty good! Take a trip down memory lane as we explore several excellent options for DIY stands from yesterday and some new ones from today!


By Robin Green

All those beautiful adverts you see for controllers and music gear always show the shiny devices floating freely in a wonderland of white space and light. Once you actually get the thing home you’re faced with using it in on a real-life table filled with cables, cups of tea and other pieces of electronic junk. I like to keep my laptop front and center instead of to the side, so mixing involved a lot of leaning over a table for extended amounts of time. There had to be a better way, so I started looking around for the ultimate laptop stand.

SpaceTek and Odyssey have wonderful products that clamp to tables and lovingly present your computer in a robot embrace for $200 or so, and Stanton has the solid, portable Uberstand for just $69. Of course, there’s also the ever-popular and supremely well-designed Crane Stand that we sell in the DJTT store. 

But I’m a cheapskate, and that’s when I found the “instructible stand”:

Why buy an expensive stand you’ll have to dismantle to lug between work and home every day, when you can make several stands for less than the price of a movie ticket. With two 3-foot lengths of pipe, six 90-degree bends and two T-joints, a bit of measuring and cutting with a PVC pipe cutter I borrowed, the stand just slots together and is instantly ready for use – no glue needed (unless you’re looking for an excuse to inhale the sweet, sweet fumes). The structural weakness in the design is lateral, so as long as you don’t try to push the laptop sideways you’re fine. Add a couple of strategically placed strips of rubberized skateboard grip to stop your laptop from sliding and you have a solid stand for next to nothing. I find mixing with the screen at face level so much better than beside the controller or with the screen way back in the distance. Try it once and you won’t want to go back.

Other Laptop Stand Hacks

While we are on the subject of laptop stands check out this Life Hacker post on a variety of different DIY solutions for laptop elevation, including the  below elevation with door stops. DJ application? Can someone try to do this with 4 doorstops so a laptop could fit securely on an uncovered turntable? Random idea that just might work really well.

The blogosphere apparently contains everything including a site dedicated to hacking IKEA products. They have posted several ways to get interesting laptop stands for very little cash in this article.

Another reader took the cheapskate laptop stand and made it even better:

Here’s a clever use of cardboard – perhaps not as smart in a club where wet surfaces are common, but still a strong source of inspiration. See the full post on the stand here.

Perhaps table space is at such a premium that you can’t even fit a laptop stand on the table – so why not bring along your own DIY height adjustable laptop stand made out of a tripod? See the full steps for this clever mod.

Do you have some extra K’nex laying around the house? Me either, but if I did, I might be inclined to try and build this K’nex Laptop Macbook Uber Docking Stand.

Finally, we wanted to make sure to include only the lastest and greatest in laptop stand inventions, so be sure and check out the incredible design and entry level price point on this final stand.

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  • Dan

    lasr guy face scary me out…

  • Anon

    I use a milk crate. Built in ventilation, and the color of the plastic complements the LEDs on my mixer.

  • Anon

    I use a milk crate. Built in ventilation, and the color of the plastic complements the LEDs on my mixer.

  • Anon

    I use a milk crate. Built in ventilation, and the color of the plastic complements the LEDs on my mixer.

  • Anonymous

    I’m using a small stand originaly used to dry plates/forks in the kitchen. cost me 4$ and do the job perfectly

  • A. Friend

    “and Stanton has the solid, portable Uberstandfor just $69.”

    This link shows the price as $78.  If you have a coupon/code to get it for $69, please share!

  • Kashmir

    Rofl, good to know, but you forgot beer crates, these are awesome, too =)

  • Audio1

    I used to have 2 shoe boxes as my laptop stand for years. My friend felt bad and bought me an UBERstand. LOL

    • Erkron

      and modular beer cases as table! awesome!

    • Erkron

      and modular beer cases as table! awesome!

    • Erkron

      and modular beer cases as table! awesome!

  • Kmeshna

    my buddy stacks a little coffee table on top of a speaker cab. hillarious

  • DJTechMag

    I agree with Jester, last ones deffo the best. Can see a lot of hardwork and thought has gone into this. lmao

  • Ashhowalter

    keep it hood

  • Eberlord

    I made this Laptopstand by myself. My Dj partner and I have both external Storages so we can combine our musiclibraries more esily at the Party. These HDDs are getting cooled by the two fans(which are of cours turning the same way, so that there is a continous airstream). I will creat a DI-Box in the stand with XLR- as well as RCA-Outputs.

  • Broblog

    This article is so homeless… Your laptop can be set on things? no way brah!

  • Genjutsushi

    This is one of the best setups ive seen in a while

    Pelican cases rule!

  • Genjutsushi

    Ive got one of the NUMARK ones to stack up some of my sound modules that arent 19″ rackmountable. Its perfect for that purpose but ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE for holding a laptop – far too unstable. One touch and the thing is rocking for minutes at a time. Its like a coiled spring.


  • Matías J. Padilla

    Ahhh the comment section, filled with so much hate nowadays. It used to be such a lovely place, even more intresting than articles themselves many times.

    Translation: go hate somewhere else.

  • Per Jakobsen

    lool last dude have stolen my stand. Guess I have to settle with my 12 pcs. beer crate 🙂

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  • DJ Meltdown

    I like to use to old PS2’s stacked on top of each other, but that’s only for home use.

  • Jeffrey Clark

    Shoebox stand is where its at – im currently only using Shoebox Version 1 though… need to find another box.

  • Guest

    Wow DJTT…
    GREAT post.


  • Windz

    Isn’t available in until Oct. This one from NAMM looks REALLY good (Although it looks heavy as sh!t).

    Also looks like the arms are adjustable as well, so you can add a small controller (LPD8, Nano Pad/Kontrol, Denon DNHC1000S) at the front of it. 

  • ManDingo

    Hell yeah, for the shoe box stand!!!Grab that stand at Foot Locker. That’s the way to do it, use what you got!!!

    • Jerrya

      He prob spent nothing on that stand while everyone else is spending money and making things pretty with all these colors, lights and fluff. When he’s done with them he can just toss them in the recycle bin. But the milk crate is the shit!!!!

    • Anonymous

      “While picking up your 15th version of the airforce ones, you too can make a stand for your cool DJ equipment and look like a pro!”

  • Innerdemond

    You guys forgot the all too common milk crate

  • Vladimirprieto

    I used the last one !!!


  • Jester

    That last guy is on to a winner.

    • jezalenko

      Yep, I use this one too. Rock solid and cheap as! =D

      • Devonleroux

        cheap? yes, rock solid? maybe not

  • Intoxicatedninja

    The PVC one could work pretty well for smaller, less professional, gigs. But if it were up to me I would probably spray it down to some cooler colors. It wouldn’t even look like PVC pipes at all.

    The Tripod is a little strange, probably might take up a bit of room even. But it does look sturdy and doesn’t look like complete trash lol.

    Everything else look blehh…

  • voetsch

    LMFAO, just a few minutes ago i thought of making my own laptop stand and when i come to my favourite site I see that awesome article. 
    Love you big time guys

    • voetsch

      Well, the stands are not that good looking, but what am I at a technical college for?

      • Anonymous

        Jump to it then!

  • faleads

    I still don’t get this. Just shell out the fvckin $30 for an L-stand.

  • Janosch Graue

    Sad that all of these look really ugly. Isn’t there something self-made that’s a bit more stylish?

  • Buffalo Ill

    @ the haters- Wrong.

    • Buffalo Ill

      Damn – my original post got separated from the post it related to!  

      I like the idea of cheap stands.  There are far better things to spend your hard earned on than laptop stands (Although I’ve got an Uberstand, and a Millenium Stand, AND a Griffin elevator!)

      Wish I had the 370 I spent on the Uberstand so that I could get an MPD!!!

  • Arthol Gibson

    I’m really considering getting one of the last one featured. I saw them in a store the other day. And by store I mean back-alley

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  • Mud

    These are fine for home use, but djing is also a performance.  If you got duct tape and pvc holding your stuff together you aren’t representing yourself too well.  Unless, of course that’s your aesthetic. 

    • T'CharleS

      True, though I usually have duct tape holding some of my cables in place anyway (because I don’t want a usb cable getting loose for example)