How to Make a Lap Tray

Written by heather woodlief
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Lap-trays are multifunctional in design. They serve as a portable desk or table. Eating, writing, drawing, or typing on a laptop comfortably are all possible with a lap tray. You can easily make a lap tray out of everyday materials in the home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Couch pillow or toddler pillow
  • Pillowcase
  • Tacky Glue
  • Clipboard or Baking Tray

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  1. 1

    Decide what household item will serve as the tray. A legal-sized clipboard, a baking tray, or a lid from a plastic storage tub will all work.

  2. 2

    Based on the tray size, choose a pillow. Toddler-sized pillows fit clipboards nicely, but a throw pillow from a couch or a regular-sized pillow might be preferred under a baking tray.

  3. 3

    Choose an attractive pillowcase. Place the pillow in the pillowcase. Spread tacky glue all over the underside of the chosen lid. If using a lid from a plastic storage tub, make sure to flip the lid upside down before gluing. Press the pillow firmly against the glue.

  4. 4

    Allow the glue to set between the tray and pillow before use.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate the lap tray before use. If using a baking tray, add flat decorations and stickers. Use clear Contact paper to protect the decorations.

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