DIY 2-Position iPad Stand (Ikea Hack)

I use my iPad ALL.THE.TIME. I use it as a mini-tv in my bedroom, as a reader, when I travel, when I don't want to sit in my home office or lug my laptop around (especially since the battery life is almost nil now!), and when I'm cooking because I use online recipes a whole lot.

I've been using a 360 degree iPad cover for the past few years but it is literally falling apart and won't prop up anymore. I took the cover off my iPad because it was frustrating me so much, but what to do??? I need something inexpensive to prop up the iPad so I can view it easily. I tried using a plate holder but it didn't work all that well.

While searching through my workshop, I came across these Ikea shelf brackets that I had been using in the kitchen before I overhauled the space.  They're super inexpensive, too!  and they come in two sizes.  I used the smaller size for the iPad mini but the larger size would work great for the regular sized iPads!


I used one bracket and two Scrabble tile holders for this project.  I attached the scrabble holders to the front and back of the bracket with a hot glue gun and then decided to use a few brad nails to better secure the holder.  I don't know if that is really necessary, I just like using my nail gun :).  It worked well just like that, but I had a piece of bead board panelling (naturally!) just the right size for this project, so I hot glued that to the front of the bracket for extra stability.

Then I painted the whole thing.  And since I already had the Scrabble stuff out, I added a decorative edge of Scrabble tiles to cap the edges.


I didn't have another U tile, so I hand wrote the U in Sharpie on the tile.

Total cost for this project:  $3.00   $2.00 for the bracket, 50 cents for the Scrabble set (from the local thrift shop) and I figure about 50 cents worth of paint, glue and brad nails.

It works like a charm!

Happy creating!

With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!



Little Vintage Cottage said...

Love it! The scrabble tiles make it so cute and stylish!


Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Great idea, Anne, I don't have an iPad, but my daughter does, so I'll ask her if she'd like a stand of some sort and try to make something similar. You got me excited when I saw the lighting winner was "Julie," but it's not me :( Congratulations Julie!

Kolein said...

LOVE this so much! I understand all the words you made with the tiles. Favestaid?? Help me with this one?????

Congrats to Julie!!!

Audrey said...

Really clever Anne. I don't have an iPad but most in the family do, so a great idea for a gift.
Audrey Z.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Clever idea, Anne! Much less than what it would cost to buy one, and unique!
xoxo Su

Kimberley Seasideave said...

Hi Anne,
So cute, I love the words you made with the Scrabble tiles. Genius to use the IKEA shelf bracket this way!
Congratulations to Julie the light contest winner!!
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Hugs, Kimberley :)

Junkchiccottage said...

So clever Anne. Love the scrabble tiles.
Happy Week End.

Art and Sand said...

I love the stand you made. I really need some sort of stand for mine and just might copy your idea.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

That's a great idea: useful and pretty!

Marie Blackburn said...

How clever Anne - LOVE this idea. NEED this for the same frustrations you shared. Pinned to share and to refer back to because this has been added to my To Do List!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a great idea! always come up with the most creative solutions and do it so beautifully!!! it...congrats to Julie!

A Joyful Cottage said...

Super cute. You're so clever!

Lxory said...

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