Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build a Laptop Table

02.11.12 By //
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I am constantly on my laptop – for work purposes, of course!! My most favorite place to work with it is by the fireplace. A table like this makes work so much easier, plus I could use it while lying on the couch under a cozy blanket!

Estimated Cost


Dimensions for This Project
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Kreg Jig
  • Square
  • Sander
  • 1 – 1×2 at 8’
  • 1 – 1×2 at 4’
  • 1 –piece of ¾” plywood 12-1/2” x 23-1/2”
  • 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
  • 4 – Hinges
  • USB hub, if desired
  • 3M Command Strips to attach USB hub
  • Mouse Pad
  • Carpet Tape to attach mouse pad
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 1×2 at 25”– Frame Front & Back
  • 2 – 1×2 at 12-1/2” – Frame Sides
  • 1 – 12-1/2” x 23-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Back
  • 4 – 1×2 at 8” – Legs

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1
Step 1

Cut the pieces for the frame sides, front & back. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill holes in each end of the sides. Assemble the frame as shown with 1-1/4” pocket screws and glue. Check for square.

Step 2
Step 2

Cut the piece for the top and drill pocket holes as shown. Secure the top flush with the frame edge using 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 3
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the legs. Attach the a hinge to one end of each leg. Lay a leg at each corner with the wider face facing to the outside. Attach the hinge to the table top so that when the leg folds up, the hinge is sandwiched between the leg and the top, and the leg is flush with the side.

Step 4
Step 4

Use carpet tape and adhere the mouse pad in the position desired. Use the Command strips to attach the USB hub in a position that works best for your laptop. If desired, use a hole saw to cut a hole to insert a car cup holder (with the hook removed) and secure the cup holder with silicone

Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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