Today, our friend Simon is joining us all the way from our Bellevue Dunn Lumber location. He’s sharing a clever DIY contraption of his own design: the "Atlas," an adjustable laptop stand named after the Earth-wielding Greek god it’s inspired by. 

Looking for a simple way to prop up the base of his laptop, Simon went through a few different designs (pictured below) before he landed on the right combination of materials. Some iterations were too bulky, others weren’t sturdy enough to live up to Atlas's name. Then he discovered a perfectly simple solution: base moulding. Simon's resulting design cleverly pairs the moulding with adhesive-backed felt to create an accordion-like folding mechanism, which makes the stand height-adjustable.

Grab your tools and materials and let’s get started!

Tools and materials for diy adjustable laptop stand

Step 1: Measure and cut moulding

Measure and mark 12” on your base shoe moulding. Cut at 12” using a handsaw. Repeat 11 more times for 12 total pieces.

Note: We measured our first piece using a level with an integrated ruler, then used the cut piece to measure the rest.

Measure and cut the moulding

Mark measurements for laptop stand

Cut your board with hand saw

Mark to accurately cut.

Cut board with hand saw.

Boards for diy laptop stand

Step 2: Sand

Sand your moulding pieces using a sanding sponge, paying particular attention to the cut ends.

Remove excess wood dust with a tack cloth.Sand down edges

Sand boards until smooth

Step 3: Arrange pieces

Lay out your cut moulding pieces in an alternating pattern. Per the diagram, the ¾” flat sides will face down and the ½” flat sides will face each other.

Measure the total width of the moulding pieces when arranged. It should not exceed the width of the felt backing, which is 9”. Remove any excess pieces.

Diagram for DIY Laptop Stand

Boards placed our for laptop stand

Place all boards in place for laptop stand

Measure for accuracy

Step 4: Stain

Stain each of the moulding pieces on all sides and ends, except the ¾” sides, which will be glued to the felt backing. Let dry per the instructions on the can.

We used Varathane Wood Stain in Mahogany.Stain pieces of moulding

Varathane Wood Stain in Mahogany

Step 5: Prepare felt backing

Peel off the backing paper and place the felt sticky side up on your work surface.

Peel felt backing for laptop stand

Sticky side of felt piece for laptop stand

Step 6: Assemble pieces

Carefully place each piece of moulding with the ¾” side down on the sticky side of the felt. Be sure to match the 12” side of the felt with the 12” length of the moulding. Place the pieces as closely as you can to each other. 

Once all the pieces have been placed, press firmly down to flatten and ensure adhesion.

Place moulding pieces together

Assemble pieces on sticky side of felt

Assemble pieces into place on sticky side of felt

Step 7: Trim excess felt

Using a utility knife, cut off any excess felt.Use blade to trim off extra felt

Continue to trim off extra felt

Assembled boards for DIY laptop stand

Step 8: Add straps (optional)

If you would like additional portability, adding velcro straps is an easy way to roll up your stand to take it on the go. You can get creative here, but we recommend applying glue to the back of the velcro and attaching it to the 12” side of the felt. Let dry per instruction on the glue bottle before using.

Scotch velcro and Weldwood Instant Adhesive

Laptop placed on DIY stand

Roll the DIY laptop stand to your liking

Completed DIY project for laptop stand

Get to work on your new DIY laptop stand

And that's all there is to it! If you're looking for more ways to upgrade your office setup, be sure to check out our DIY laptop case, and stay organized with our DIY bulletin board.