- Excellent air ventilation
- Cushion conforms to lap
- 17.75" x 13.75" dimensions
- Doubles as a Dry Erase Board
- Media slot for cell phone or tablet
- 19.68” x 14.17” surface dimensi...
- Lightweight and sturdy
- Highly versatile
- Supports sitting and standing
When space is at a premium, sometimes the best option is to just invest in a small lap desk that you can store underneath your bed. These lap desks are great alternatives and provide you with enough support to get the job done. While the die-hard work from home community may not have this as their primary desk, they do make a great secondary option if you’d like to mix it up with a different setup from time to time.
What Makes The Best Lap Desk
What Is A Lap Desk?
For those thinking about a lap desk for the first time, a lap desk is a simple and flat surface that rests comfortably on your lap, or sometimes comes with legs to avoid touching you altogether.
They are ideal if you are very short on space, or want to mix things up throughout your workday. In fact, we want to point out that having a lapdesk as your permanent desk solution is not our recommendation. Ergonomically speaking, you want to limit yourself to using a lap desk for an hour or two per day.
A desk is far better for your overall comfort and health. But that being said, sometimes everyone just wants to lean back on the couch or lay in bed for a bit and work with more comfort, and that’s where the lap desk comes in!
Who Uses Lap Desks And What Do They Use Them For?
Lap Desks date back hundreds of years ago and are used by all types of people. Thomas Jefferson even drafted part of the Declaration Of Independence on a lap desk he designed. Today, they are used by working professionals, students, gamers, and more. Most lap desks today are designed large enough to support a laptop or tablet. Or, they can give you a flat surface for a notebook to go on. So whether you are using a computer, writing a note, or doing a crossword puzzle, lap desks can help.
Lap Desks are also highly portable and can store easily. This makes it easy for you to move from the bed to the couch. And, they keep your workstation (your lap desk setup) organized and the same. We also recommend ones that stay relatively flat or can fold up for easy storage. Most can fit underneath an average bed frame.
What Qualities Should You Look For In A Lap Desk?
One major selling point of a lap desk is to better handle the heat that transmits from your laptop to your lap. Some come with built-in fans, others have padding or good ventilation. This is an important feature to avoid laptop burn on your skin.
For most working professionals with laptops, you will want a lap desk with a minimum width of 15 inches to support your laptop. A 15 inch Macbook Pro’s width is roughly 14.8 inches (this is because laptops screens sizes are measured diagonally). So if you want a little extra room for your phone, pens, post-it notes, and other nic-nacs, you should plan accordingly and get a larger design.
You’re going to have your computer and an assortment of other things on your lap, so it’s best to have a lightweight lap desk that won’t add much weight and pressure to your lap. Anything over five pounds is probably overkill, unless it comes with built in legs so that your lap doesn’t feel any weight at all. Lap desks with legs also will help combat the heat transfer!
You want something that isn’t going to wobble off your lap and send your stuff flying. Generally speaking, most lap desks without legs are very stable. Some legged lap desks can be flimsy – we recommend reading the review and doing your homework here.
Some lap desks are designed with a mouse tray that only comes on the right hand side. For all our work from home left handed people out there – avoid these!
There aren’t any mind blowing features that lap desks come with, but the ones we like most come with additional padding for your lap and wrists. We also like ones that have built-in storage mechanisms for phones, notebooks, foldeers, pens, post-its, etc.
In short, lap desks can be great surfaces to work from while on the couch or laying in bed. But, they should be limited to only a small amount of time per day. They are highly portable, and we recommend getting one that you can easily store. Be sure to get one wide enough for your needs, and especially pay attention to ones that offer good ventilation so that your lap doesn’t start burning up from your laptop heat. Good luck! We’d love to know your favorites in the comments.
How does a Lap Desk Help Me?
A lap desk is a desk that maximizes your flexibility. If you want to work from the bed, couch, or bath a lapdesk enables you to work and support your computer or other devices. A laptop desk not only enhances your flexibility but it is portable so you can work from different environments or rooms easily.
Are Lap Desks Portable?
Yes. Lap desks are easily movable, light, and easy to store and move around throughout your home. A portable lap desk gives you the ultimate flexibility to choose where you work from without placing a hot, overheating laptop or device directly on your lap.
Are Lap Desks professional?
Yes. Lap desks are used for casual or professional work. Lap desks tend not to be used for fulltime work all of the time because they value more space and storage that larger desks provide. However, if space is limited and you want to use a lap desk you certainly can!