I mainly added that “No Sewing Required” to the title of this post in the hopes that you would not read this as “DIY Lap Dance.” Every time I say “lap desk” I think, “lap dance.” I guess a DIY lap dance post wouldn’t be the worst for this month, with Valentine’s and all. It’s just not something I have the right, uh, skills to teach.
So sorry to disappoint anyone—this is about needing a comfy, flat surface so you can type in bed… not about a lap dance.
I type or edit pictures in bed fairly often, so I’ve been wanting to get some kind of lap desk for a while. But, I kept seeing ones that were just not my style or just generally a little overpriced. So, I decided to make my own, and once I realized how inexpensive it was going to be, I thought I’d make a his and her version so Trey and I can be really cool and BOTH be on our computers in bed at night. Ha!
-wooden lap desk top (I bought ours here)
–foam square (found in the fabric department of most craft or fabric stores)
-fabric (1/3 to 1/2 a yard, depending on your lap desk top size)
-staple gun and staples (make sure they are shorter than your lap desk top)
-wood stain and brushes (optional)
In case you’re curious, each lap desk costs about $18 to make, depending on what fabric you choose. This does not include tools (scissors or staple gun).
Step One: I placed my lap desk top on the foam and traced a pattern. Be sure to cut the foam a little smaller than the top. You can use scissors to cut the foam, and don’t worry if your edges aren’t perfect. You won’t be able to tell once you’re done.
Step Two: I chose to stain the tops and sides of my lap desk tops. You can skip this if you like the look of unfinished wood. I decided to stain one black (Ebony) and one white (tinted stain base with white paint). Allow to fully dry.
Step Three: Place the foam over the bottom side of the lap desk top and staple in place. Try to make your edges look clean and pull the fabric taut as you go. If you find that a staple goes in at an angle, so it comes up out of the desk surface, remove it with a pair of pliers and try again. You don’t want any staples exposed or they may snag you once you put your lap desk to use.
Step Five: For a cleaner edge, fabric glue trim to the trimmed edges of the fabric. Allow to dry.
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy and Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.