DIY Laptop Upright Stand With a Coat Hanger

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DIY Laptop Upright Stand With a Coat Hanger
Recycle an old wire coat hanger by making a laptop stand. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The portability of laptop computers makes them popular and convenient tools for home or office. But spending long hours typing on a cramped keyboard and bending over the monitor can take a toll on your posture. You can solve this problem and still enjoy the benefits of a laptop by making a laptop stand from a readily available household item. A wire hanger will do the trick, and for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought stand.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wire coat hanger
  • Needle-nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Bend the horizontal bottom of the wire hanger at the midway point to create a small indentation. This bend helps provide stability once your laptop is installed in it. Make the bend by placing the hanger against the corner of a table or other piece of furniture.

  2. 2

    Turn out the two bottom corners of the hanger at roughly a 140-degree angle. Use the corner of a table or other piece of furniture, or use a pair of needle-nose pliers to create a sharper bend.

  3. 3

    Place the hanger flat on a table so that the bent corners face up and towards you.

  4. 4

    Insert the laptop in the openings of the upward bent ends. Adjust the wires over the corners of the laptop so they fit snugly. Make certain that the hanger fits tightly around the corners of your laptop in order to prevent it from falling out.

  5. 5

    Bend the hanger on both sides in the back of the computer slightly upward and then downward against the desk, in a mountain peak shape. This will look like a curved hump in the back, but will hold the back of the laptop and give it stability. The curved part of the hanger, previously used to hang it, should lie flat against the desk in the opposite direction of the computer.

  6. 6

    Make additional bends as necessary to give the stand more stability. Hold your laptop with one hand as you make these adjustments. The bends will differ depending on your table surface, the wall against which the laptop is leaning and the coat hanger you are using.

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