Everyone has a tablet. iPads and Android tablets often litter tables at family reunions and offices. You might even have bought an Amazon Fire 7″ during a sale (they were only $35!). We wrote about the best tablet and how to prepare a new tablet for better productivity. But once you’ve just bought a tablet, the last thing you want to do is buy another accessory, so join me as I show you how easy it is to create your own booth for next to nothing.

Quick and easy

These stands are all quick and easy to make. You may already have the parts needed to make many of these and they require a minimal amount of tools (if any).

You can make a cardboard stand like Suart86 did:

This is a very easy-to-make coaster that requires nothing more than scissors, cardboard, and a pen (optional). It doesn’t even require glue as the stand fits together.

You can make a cardboard stand like Guidecentral did:

You will need a craft knife, a pen or pencil, and some thicker cardboard.

YouTuber fixitsamo shows you how to make a stand out of copper pipes and glue, parts that can be easily found at any hardware store. You may need a few basic tools to cut the pipe (or maybe you know someone who can give you some advice):

You can make one of the old membership cards like Roman UrsuHak did. For this tutorial, you will need a ruler, as well as something to heat up the plastic. Although this is a simple guide, be careful not to injure yourself:

YouTuber MrPhalanx010 shows how to do really simple stand with Flex Tie. It can be bought at most craft stores and is easy to bend by hand — no tools required:

You can make it from a clothes hanger like JapanHDVideo did. You may already have a metal coat hanger and no other tools are needed. You may want to wear gloves and watch out for sharp edges that could hurt or scratch your tablet. You can use foam or tape to cover the ends:

Finally, this stand from Awesome Ideas uses a paperclip and can be made in seconds, without tools:


Lego is one of the most popular toys on the planet, and for good reason. You may already have a full container at this point. Must Read 3 Cool Android Apps for Lego Fans first!

There are many different stands and designs, such as this one that uses a minimal amount of parts (from BrickMixer):

This is very easy to do. You may already have all of these pieces if you own any Lego, though it’s easy to modify to use the pieces you have. There are several variations of this. Superlegocreators123 is a collapsible design (although it does require a bit more custom parts):

As well as a simpler LEGOsRus design that uses fewer parts:

It’s easy to customize for tablets of different sizes. If you want to make it really special, you can buy bricks on Ebay or BrickLink. Don’t forget to check out the r/Lego Subreddit and check out these top Lego fan sites a fan site a fan site

3D printing

If you are lucky enough to have a 3D printer, there are many stands you can make. If you don’t have a printer, 3D Hubs and Shapeways online services provide printing services at reasonable prices.

This minimalist Arch iPad Stand by Walter is easy to print and looks great:


If you want something a little more fancy, this Octopus stand by Colin Payson does the job just fine, although it takes twice as long to print:


Finally, you can print this universal phone and tablet stand by James Carmichael de Klerk. Suitable for tablet or phone:



If you have some woodworking skills (or want to learn: 5 Skills you need to know for), you can easily make these stands.

Chris McDowell of CMR Woodworks will show you how to make a reclaimed wood coaster. For this project, you will need a table saw, as well as clamps, glue, and basic woodworking tools. You can do without power tools, depending on what tools you have:

Ronald Walters shows you how to make a stand from scratch. This requires some special tools, namely a circular saw, a router and a bench grinder. There’s no reason you couldn’t do this using manual tools, though:

If you’re interested in new challenges, Steve Carmichael will show you how to build a curved base. As with the previous tutorials, this uses a bandsaw, a disc sander, and a rotary hammer, but you don’t have to worry if you don’t have access to these tools. Hand tools are great for this job:

Finally, BCDesign have a great wood stand design with brass inlays. Once again, this guide uses workshop power tools. If you don’t have access to these tools, you can still get by with hand tools, but the bare minimum you’ll need is a hacksaw and a drill. This will be quite difficult to do (but not impossible) without practice:

Other stands

If you’re still looking for inspiration, take a look at these creative designs.

IDEA OF THE DAY has a great tutorial for an ice cream stick stand:

This origami stand from Mathies TV shows you everything you need to know:

If you have some dry air clay, you can make this PinkCosmoCrafts cat tablet:

This tutorial from DaveHax uses a table lamp to create an adjustable stand:

If you feel like you’re having trouble, you can make a stand using PVC pipe, as shown in Specific Love Creations (although this requires the use of power tools):

You should now be able to make your own tablet stand, perhaps using nothing more than common household items. Have you made a stand from any of these videos? Or did you make your own tutorial? Let us know in the comments what you think!

Originally written by Jessica Kam Wong, January 2012.

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