Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk

DIY Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk @themerrythoughtIf you’ve been reading along for a while, you might remember a few months back when I had two hard drive crashes within a couple weeks of each other… basically the world ended. 😉 But seriously. I did so much research on what could be causing it and quite a few things I read said overheating issues and that could be caused by blocking the fan. Like maybe with a pile of blankets when you’re working in bed on blog stuff all night? Guilty. So for the past few months I never use my computer while I’m in my bed because I’m so paranoid that it will just die again! I’ve been looking to create a lap desk that I could use to make sure the fan has room to breathe and I wanted something with legs so I wasn’t killing my neck looking down at the computer for hours and then it could double as a nightstand since I don’t have one. I knew I wanted to use some raw wood like I used for the hanging table but my uncle didn’t have anymore walnut so I went to a local lumber shop and fell in love with this slab of spalted maple. We are working with Hairpinlegs.com on a few upcoming projects and their 8″ classic hairpin leg were perfect for this project!
DIY Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Wood (mine was 22″ x 14″)
-Four 8″ Hairpin Legs
-Sandpaper
-Drill and screws

How to make it:
Cut wood down to size if necessary. Sand the edges of the wood. Use the drill to attach the hairpin legs. Make sure your screws aren’t longer than the depth of the wood! Easy breezy, huh?!
DIY Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk @themerrythoughtDIY Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk @themerrythoughtDIY Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk @themerrythoughtDIY Wood & Hairpin Leg Lap Desk @themerrythoughtNow back to working on all of my blog posts from my cozy bed!

xo. Caitlin

9 comments
  • Erin BWednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:41 am

    hi merrythought! i love reading your blog daily – thanks for posting. i read this bed desk post + just had to share a really great minimal laptop stand since it seemed to fit you. i swear this isn’t a post pitch or anything – just thought you would like it 🙂 http://shop.makecollab.com/products/propReplyCancel

  • JillianWednesday, July 22, 2015 - 5:46 pm

    Obsessed! Where did you get that gorgeous piece of wood?!ReplyCancel

    • Caitlin McGrathWednesday, July 22, 2015 - 11:22 pm

      A local lumberyard!ReplyCancel

  • Corporate Business FurnitureFriday, July 24, 2015 - 4:31 am

    Its a beautiful desk for work and looking unique and stylish. I love this.ReplyCancel

  • EmilyFriday, July 24, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    I love this so much! I need to find a piece of wood like that, so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • FaithSaturday, July 25, 2015 - 3:10 pm

    I LOVE this! Exactly what I need…I’m definitely guilty of resting my laptop on many blankets…ReplyCancel

  • bichonpawzFriday, July 31, 2015 - 1:54 am

    I absolutely love this! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • CheapishlyFriday, July 31, 2015 - 4:32 am

    This is a fantastic idea—my computer always gets so hot! I need to make one of these ASAP. Thanks for sharing!

    xx Hannah // TheCheapishly.comReplyCancel

  • Stephanie MarianoTuesday, September 15, 2015 - 7:22 am

    Really enjoying your blog! I am in love with all this ideas. xxReplyCancel

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