Everybody has a tablet. iPads and Android tablets often litter tables at family gatherings and in offices. Maybe you even picked up an Amazon Fire 7″ during a sale (they were as low as $35!). We have written about the best tablet, and how to prepare your new tablet for productivity. But having just purchased a tablet, the last thing you want to do is purchase another accessory – so join me as I show you how easy it is to make your own stand for next to nothing.
Quick and Easy
These stands are all quick and easy to make. You may have the parts needed to make many of them already, and they require a minimum amount of tools (if any).
You can make a stand out of cardboard, like Suart86 did:
This is a really easy stand to make, and requires nothing more than some scissors, cardboard and a pen (optional). It doesn’t even need glue, as the stand slots together.
You can make a cardboard stand like Guidecentral did:
You’ll need a craft knife, a pen or pencil, and some thicker cardboard.
YouTube user fixitsamo shows you how to make a stand out of copper tubing and glue — parts readily available at any hardware store. You may need a few basic tools to cut the pipe (or perhaps you know somebody who could give you their offcuts):
You could make one out of old membership cards, like Roman UrsuHack did. You will need a ruler for this tutorial, as well as something to heat the plastic with. While this is a simple tutorial, be careful not to injure yourself:
YouTuber MrPhalanx010 shows you how to make a really simple stand using Flex Tie. This can be purchased at most craft stores, and is easy to bend using your hands — no tools needed:
You could make one out of a clothes hanger, like JapanHDVideo did. You may have a metal clothes hanger already, and no other tools are needed. You may wish to wear gloves, and watch for sharp edges that could hurt you or scratch your tablet. You could use foam or tape to cover the ends:
Finally, this stand by Awesome Ideas uses a binder clip, and can be made in seconds, with no tools needed:
There are plenty of different stands and designs, like this one, which uses a minimal number of parts (by BrickMixer):
This is a very easy stand to make. You may have all of these parts already if you own any Lego, although it’s easy to modify to use your existing pieces. There are several variations on this. There is a collapsable design by superlegocreators123 (although this does require some slightly more specialist pieces):
As well as a simpler design by LEGOsRus, that uses less parts:
It’s easy to adjust for different size tablets. If you want to make it really special, you can purchase bricks on ebay or bricklink. Make sure you look at the the r/Lego Subreddit for some inspiration, and check out these top sites for Lego fans.
If you are fortunate enough to own a 3D printer, there are plenty of stands you can make. If you do not own a printer, online services 3D Hubs and Shapeways providing printing services at reasonable prices.
This minimalist Arch iPad Stand by walter is simple to print and looks great:
If you have some woodworking skills (or are willing to learn: 5 Beginner Woodworking Skills You Need to Know), you can easily make these stands.
Chris McDowell from CMR Woodworks shows you how to make a stand from reclaimed wood. You will need a table saw for this project, along with clamps, glue, and basic woodworking tools. You may be able to get by without power tools, depending on what tools you have:
Ronald Walters shows you how to make a stand from scratch. This does require some specific tools, namely a circular saw, router and bench sander. There’s no reason that you could not make this using hand tools though:
If you fancy more of a challenge, Steve Carmichael shows you how to build a curved stand. Like the previous tutorials, this uses a bandsaw, disc sander and pillar drill, but there’s no need to worry if you don’t have access to these tools. Hand tools are perfectly fine to do the job:
Finally, BCDesign have an excellent design for a wooden stand with brass dowel inserts. Once again, this tutorial makes use of workshop power tools. If you don’t have access to these kinds of tools, you can still get by with hand tools, but the minimum you will need is a hacksaw and drill. It will be quite difficult to make (but not impossible) without a drill:
If you are still stuck for inspiration, take a look at these creative designs.
IDEA OF THE DAY have a great tutorial for a stand made from ice cream sticks:
This origami stand by Mathies TV shows you everything you need to know:
If you have some air dry clay, you can make this cat tablet stand by PinkCosmoCrafts:
This tutorial by DaveHax repurposes a desk lamp to make an adjustable stand:
If you feel like a challenge, you can make a stand using PVC pipe, as shown by Specific Love Creations (this does require the use of power tools though):
You should now be able to make your own tablet stand, maybe using nothing more than common household items. Have you made a stand from any of these videos? Or have you made your own tutorial? Let us know in the comments what you think!
Originally written by Jessica Cam Wong, January 2012.