Wooden Book and iPad Stand: Do-It-Yourself Project

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My book and iPad holder/stand

After seeing people in cafes with metal bookstands conveniently not straining their backs hunched over while reading, I decided to make my own book stand for home use. I've made three so far. The latest one also accommodates my iPad quite well.

The total cost including wood and screws is perhaps US $5. Tools required are an electric drill, screwdriver, mitre box, and hand saw or preferably an electric table saw.

The design

When I got an iPad I decided to make a new stand for both books and the iPad. I have sinc discovered this book stand design achieves just the right angle for the iPad. It's not quite as steep as 45 degrees, which is good because the angle is just right so that you don't constantly see yourself on the screen's reflective surface.

I've also since made a narrower stand just for the iPad. It's 14 inches wide instead of 18, and is here:

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  • Two 18 inches long pieces of 1.5 inches x 3/4 inches wood to serve as the wide/horizontal beams. (Or 14 inches for the iPad-specific stand.
  • Two 9 inches long pieces of same, to serve as the side/vertical members.
  • Two 5.5 inches pieces of same, to serve as feet. Cut them at 45 degrees using a mitre box where they will connect to the stand.
  • One 7 inches pieces of same. This piece must support an iPad in landscape orientation, hence the length.
  • Fourteen 1.5 inches wood screws.


For each wood screw, be sure to predrill the hole. You can optionally add wood glue between wood pieces before tightening screws for added strength.

 Wooden iPad stand (C) Zack Smith