Compact and mobile, a lap desk is the perfect substitute for a traditional computer desk. Learn how to build your very own lap desk so you can do homework in bed or on the couch.

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How to Make a Lap Desk

Step One

Cut Plywood

With a hand saw, cut a piece of plywood that is proportional to the user of the lap desk. Sand any slivers that are sticking up.
Step Two


  • Print out your favourite design or make a collage of different photos of your favourite things.
  •  Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of all-purpose glue.
  • Using a foam brush, cover the plywood with the water and glue mixture.
  • Add the design or photos immediately and wait for the glue to dry.
  • Add a second layer of the water and glue mixture to the top of the plywood.
  • Let it dry completely before you move on to the next step.
Step Three

Attach the Pillowcase

  • Use a glue gun to apply glue to the non-decorated side of the plywood.
  • Press the pillow case onto the plywood. Trim any overhanging ends if necessary.
  • Fill the pillowcase with cotton rags and glue the pillowcase shut.

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