How to Build a Lap Desk


If you do a lot of working from home, you may not want to be stuck at a desk the entire time. If you are looking for a way to do some work in bed or on the couch, you may want to consider building a simple lap desk. A lap desk is an easy thing to build and will give you a nice hard surface to place your computer on.

Step 1

Place your 2-by-6 board on a flat surface with the 2-inch side down. Measure up 4-inches from the base and make a mark with your pencil. Then draw a line from this mark, along the entire board to the top corner. This should give you an angle which rises one inch for every foot along the board.

Step 2

Repeat this measurement on the other piece of 2-by-6 board. Mark it so the board has the same angle as the first board.

Step 3

Cut the boards along these markings with the saw. You should have two angled board once this step is complete.

Step 4

Place the piece of 1-inch oak on the cut 2-by-6 so that it rests on the angled sides of the boards. The 2-by-6s should be even with the outside edges of the oak board. Attach the oak to the 2-by-6s.

Step 5

Paint a stain on your new lap desk and let it dry.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't place the oak board on the flat side of the 2-by-6 instead of the angled side. The desk will not sit correctly.

Things You'll Need

  • Two pieces of 2 by 6 board which are 2-feet long.
  • One piece of 1-inch oak board which is 2-feet by 2-feet
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Saw
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Wood screws
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush


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About this Author

R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing for Demand Studios in June 2009.

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