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Turn a Bookend Into a Dirt Cheap Tablet Stand

There’s no need to drop $20+ on a tablet stands; this $3 DIY version is sturdy, cheap, and sports a slim profile.

Courtesy of Instructables user Enero, this simple hack is dirt cheap and assembles in seconds. All you’ll need is a metal bookend the appropriate size for your tablet (about $1 at office supply stores) and some rubber lamp feet from the hardware store (about $2 a pack). Stick the rubber feet at the bottom of the bookend to form a track for the edge of the tablet and at the top to provide a soft area to rest it against, and you’re in business. Check out the tutorial at the link below for extras photos showing the exact placement arrangement he used for the stands.

Simple and Cheap iPad Stand [via Wired]

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 07/31/12

Comments (2)

  1. John B.

    I bought one of these about 6 months ago for my iPad and haven’t looked back, it even looks kinda cool when it’s unfolded (although the site pic doesn’t really show it):

  2. Wayne Riker

    Working on my own version for a Nook Tablet, Commercial stands don’t allow for the power plug to be attached, it’s right at the bottom. I’m going with a block of wood with tracks routed out for support at varying tilts along with an opening for the cord. Would’ve be nice if Nook had a right angle cord or at the very least was really USB and not that propriatary BC called USB. Didn’t the USA just pass a law to get rid of proprietary power cords for mobile devices?

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