DIY iPad Stand or Tablet Holder


This DIY iPad stand tablet holder is perfect for holding your device on your desktop during Zoom calls for online school or working from home, or for holding your tablet while you follow a recipe in the kitchen. Make your own for around $5! 

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Diy IPad Stand Or Tablet Holder, One Board Project, HerToolbelt For Remodelaholic

DIY iPad Stand or Tablet Holder

by Amy from Hertoolbelt

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I like trying new recipes and most of them are online — just look at all the recipes here on Remodelaholic! (Because even when the kitchen is under construction, a DIYer’s gotta eat 😉

My tablet is so handy in the kitchen, but a tablet holder or iPad stand is a must have.

I loved the rustic bread board look of this Pottery Barn version, but it’s no longer available.

Pottery Barn Wood Tablet Stand Inspiration

Luckily for you and me, it’s so easy to make this DIY iPad stand for your tablet — get the printable plans and template here.

See more modern farmhouse kitchen ideas here.

Solid Wood DIY IPad Stand Tablet Holder With Kickstand, Tutorial And Template From HerToolbelt For Remodelaholic

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How to Make a Wood iPad Stand

You can make 3 tablet or iPad stands from a single 1×10 board, which only costs about $9 (depending on local prices).

The hinge for each wood iPad stand kickstand is around $1, and the other hardware is cheap — and you might even already have around the house.

DIY wood iPad stand or tablet holder with hinged kickstand, tutorial and template

So total cost for each DIY tablet stand is around $5!

Make one for yourself and two more for friends or family! These would be easy to personalize for teacher gifts or neighbor gifts at Christmas, too.

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Materials for DIY iPad stand/tablet holder

Building the Wooden Tablet Stand

Get the breadboard template and printable tutorial here. (The printable plan includes full detailed measurements as well as the curved cutting board style template.)

Step 1: Prepare the wood stand pieces

To fit a smaller 10- to 11-inch tablet, trim the board to width; for a wider tablet stand, no trimming is needed.

Then, print and trace the breadboard iPad stand template (included in the printable plan here).diy wood iPad stand tablet holder, template and tutorial

Cut out the breadboard stand backing and the stand front (with the notch). Also cut the stand ledge piece and the kickstand, as detailed in the printable plans.

Sand all of the pieces as necessary.


Step 2: Assemble

Stack the breadboard backing, ledge, and notched front piece, making each piece flush at the bottom and sides.

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Apply wood glue to the joining faces and secure with 2″ brad nails or screws.  (I nailed a few of the nails from the front and a few from the back.)

Once the glue is dry, if you’d like, use the sander to round over the bottom outer corners.  Drill a 3/8″ or bigger hole in the center of the handle.

Step 3: Finish

Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry.

Sand the wood filler and holder until smooth, finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper.  Paint or stain the holder and kickstand, allow to dry.

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I wanted a nice rich dark brown/red color, so here’s what I did:

  1. I applied pre-stain conditioner to the kitchen tablet holder and waited about 30 min.
  2. Then I applied Minwax Dark Walnut stain, let it sit for 5 minutes or so and wiped off the excess.  I let the walnut dry over night.
  3. Finally I applied a coat of Minwax Polyshades Mahogany Bombay and let that fully dry.  The mahogany bombay left a nice rich color on the wood.  One perk of the polyshades is that it contains a top coat, so no need for polyurethane later.

Step 4: Add Kickstand and Rope Handle

Cut about a 12″ piece of rope, thread it through the handle hole.  Tie a simple knot in the end of the rope.

Rope Wood Handle On DIY IPad Stand Tablet Holder, HerToolbelt For Remodelaholic


On the back of the kitchen tablet holder, measure up and mark the kickstand location (as detailed in the plans), then predrill and install the hinge.

Pre-drill a small hole in the lower side of the kickstand, and install a small eye hook or pan head screw.

Pre-drill a small hole in the back of the holder and install another eye hook or pan head screw.  Attach a piece of string or chain to each eye hook or screw.

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Adjust the string to the length that will let your kitchen tablet holder sit at a good angle.  Then tighten the screws and/or knots.

$5 Wood DIY IPad Stand Tablet Holder, Tutorial And Template, HerToolbelt For Remodelaholic

Completed! Enjoy cooking with your new kitchen tablet holder, or Zooming from your new iPad stand, or whatever you want to use your new tablet stand for!

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Easy $5 Diy IPad Stand Tablet Holder Plan And Template, HerToolbelt

First published 11 Dec 2014 // Last updated 5 Oct 2020


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