Work more effectively and comfortably with these handy lap desks.

By Martha Sorren
March 28, 2020
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Now that many of us are working from home for the foreseeable future to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s important to set up a workspace that’s both effective and comfortable. If you’re not ready to invest in a pricey new office chair or desk, the simplest (and most cost-effective) way to upgrade your work from home experience is by getting a lap desk.

At home, we may not have the type of laptop stands, desk chairs, or tables needed to do our jobs on our computers while maintaining proper posture. The name "laptop" is misleading, because simply setting a computer on our laps is not an effective way to work. Instead, it often forces the head to stay at a downward angle, and the shoulders to slump forward. If we were just working from home for a day or two, it likely wouldn't be a problem, but this work from home situation could last much longer than that. And for that reason, we need to combat "tech neck" any way we can.

So whether you're working from bed, a couch, or a chair, these lap desks will help elevate your computer to eye level, decrease pressure on your wrists while typing, and encourage proper posture to prevent a painfully tight neck and shoulders at the end of the work day (you know what I’m talking about). Many of these options also double as handy storage units that can hold work-related items like a computer mouse, coffee cup, pens, papers, and more.

Here are the 10 best lap desks to upgrade your space — so working from home doesn't have to be a literal pain in the neck.

Honey-Can-Do Lap Desk

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This lightweight, portable lap desk comes in six different colors and features a padded underside for comfortable lap usage. It's designed on a curve to fit snug against your body whether you're laying down or sitting. One reviewer said it’s spacious enough to fit a computer mouse, in addition to their “17.3-inch beast of a laptop.” 

To buy: amazon.com, $23

LapGear Home Office Pro Lap Desk

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Working from a bed or couch can wreak havoc on your wrists because they're usually not in a comfortable typing position. But this ergonomic lap desk eliminates that problem with a built-in cushion for your wrists, plus mouse pads on both sides so you can use it whether you're right- or left-handed."This one has a nice padded wrist and mouse pad rest so you don't feel any of the fatigue or discomfort of traditional lap desks,” wrote one five-star reviewer. “Additionally, the padded bottom is comfortable, and overall it's exactly what I was looking for.”

To buy: amazon.com, $44 (originally $50)

Symple Stuff Hebb Wood Curved Laptop Tray

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This lightweight wood desk tray is portable and convenient. It easily houses your laptop but also has handy straps to hold a book down while reading. Plus, if you're sitting in a reclining chair while working from home, the long tray should fit easily over the arms, meaning you won't even have to set it directly on your lap.

To buy: wayfair.com, $60

Offi Overlap Tray

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Designed to fit over your legs rather than on top of them, this lap desk design is not only modern, but also functional. One side has a flat top where you can place your computer or a notepad, while the other side can hold pens and a drink. The slot in between comes in handy for storing a notebook, magazine, iPad, or miscellaneous papers. Plus, having the beverage slot further away from the computer area helps prevent any catastrophic spills. This lap desk comes in white, birch, or walnut colorways, and reviewers praise its sleek, lightweight design that still feels sturdy.

To buy: wayfair.com, $199

Sofia+Sam Memory Foam Lap Desk

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This lightweight desk fits comfortably on your lap thanks to a memory foam pad on the underside. The sleek wooden top offers the perfect amount of space for a computer, and it even comes with an ergonomic wrist cushion and a built-in USB-powered lamp. Basically, it creates the perfect little workspace that you can bring with you anywhere.

To buy: amazon.com, $43

LapGear Deluxe Elevation Lap Desk

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The cushion on the bottom of this desk folds out to create an elevated place for your computer. If you're lying down in bed, this will make it easier for you to see your computer screen as you type. Other thoughtful features include a slot to house your phone, a small plastic lip to keep your computer from sliding off while it's in an angled position, and a strap in the corner to hold pens or a notebook in place. Plus, the marble design is super chic.

To buy: amazon.com, $30 (originally $35)

Schoolhouse Wooden Lap Desk

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Travel back to your school days with this mahogany lap desk that functions like most classroom desks. The top lifts open for a handy storage space inside, and a microbead pad on the bottom keeps it comfortably in place when you're using it.

To buy: houzz.com, $50

AboveTEK Portable Laptop Tray

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Even if you’re only working from home for a period of time, this is the kind of lap desk you'll still be glad you bought. Its lightweight and portable construction means you can take it with you if you ever need a desk while traveling. It also comes with a handy slide-out mouse pad tray and a textured surface to keep your computer from slipping. Plus, the little bumps on the surface promote airflow to keep your laptop from overheating.

To buy: amazon.com, $34 (originally $40)

Mavo Craft Folding Lap Desk

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This folding lap desk has enough storage room to make you forget about your old office workspace. The top lifts up to reveal a compartment large enough to fit notebooks, pens, pencils, and anything else you might need throughout the day (read: snacks). Plus, the durable construction will keep your belongings sturdy while the collapsible legs make transportation easy.

To buy: amazon.com, $23

Mind Reader 8 Position Laptop Desk

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Nearly 3,000 reviewers heralded this affordable laptop desk as a comfortable necessity for working at home. The desk can be adjusted into 8 different positions, making it easy to customize your workspace to your exact liking. It’s perfect for those who forget about their posture when hard at work. “This has solved most of the terrible pains caused from hunching over my work,” wrote one reviewer. 

To buy: amazon.com, $16

LapGear Media Bed Tray with Phone Holder

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Perfect for multitasking, LapGear tray table includes a slot meant to keep phones, tablets, and e-readers perfectly upright and in place. Constructed with durable bamboo, the 17-inch tray can fit a large laptop and still have enough space for a computer mouse or notepad. Shoppers say the sturdy design makes it easy to work on, even while in bed or on the couch. Plus, the carrying handles and folding legs mean you won’t have any trouble transporting it from room to room . “Love this desk,” wrote one happy shopper. “It is the perfect size and height. I use it sitting up in a chair right now but will be great in bed. The small rim keeps things from rolling off and the sections for a phone, etc are handy.”

To buy: amazon.com, $31 (originally $35)

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