How-To Geek

Repurpose a Napkin Holder as a Vertical Laptop Stand

Vertical laptop stands are all the space-saving rage right now, but $50 for a lightweight hunk of plastic or metal seems a bit steep. This hack turns an inexpensive napkin stand into a vertical laptop stand.

Courtesy of IKEAHacker’s read Chad Parrish wanted a vertical laptop stand but he didn’t want to spend a bunch of cash to get one. While wandering the halls of IKEA he saw the Fantastik napkin holder–at $1.99 it was definitely the right price for experimenting with. He took it home, added a few little pieces of stick of foam to the internal corners–the blue ovals in the photo above–and called it good. It stores his laptop vertically, gives him access to all the ports, and all for a couple bucks.

Macbook Air Desktop Stand [IKEAHackers]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/8/12

Comments (5)

  1. r

    FantastiK ! …my cat would have hours of pleasure knocking that over.

  2. jpmays

    Hey How-To-Geek… you’re a little late to the party on this one… this article/idea/hack was featured on Lifehacker last week I do believe… then again, it could have been Gizmodo… but anyhow… this is old news!

  3. Paul

    It’s news to me, jpmays.

  4. tony


    If you visit either blog regularly, then you know they are friendly blogs and often cover the same topic. In my recollection it does seem that LH is usually getting tips from HTG, but then, I don’t read HTG as religiously as LH.

  5. Sandy

    This is so kool. Now I,ll be cooler too. ;)

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