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If you’re one of the more than five million people now working from home, or 20 million students taking online classes, you’ve probably been turning your bedroom, kitchen, or living room (bathroom? who knows!) into a makeshift office.
But that means reclining in bed or lounging on the couch while typing away, right? Not the best idea: Laptops can make your legs uncomfortably hot, and your body will start hurting in all sorts of places.
Enter: Lap desks! Not only will they keep your lap cooler, they’re more stable than your legs and can be adjusted to best suit your posture. They can easily be transported to another room when you need a change of scenery. And they also come in handy for watching movies on your laptop.
We rounded up the best lap desks to keep you happy, healthy, and efficient. Shop them below:
Thanks to foam padding underneath, the Stalwart Trademark Global Workstation conforms to your lap. The built-in handle makes it easy to tote from couch to bed and back again, and the cup holder is great for keeping that coffee within arm’s reach during early morning meetings.
Just beware—fitting laptops up to 14 inches, it’s such a cute size that the kids might steal it for themselves: “My kids have been loving it,” reports a happy customer. “They’re even saying thanks to me every now and then.”
This sturdy lap desk—which comes in mint for a fun retro look—features a removable pad, so you can add comfort as needed. The surface is super-smooth, so it’s easy to wipe down (but watch that those pens don’t slip off!).
Reviewers love the size: “Even with my 15-inch laptop, I have room for a mouse and just enough space to write without it being too big and annoying,” says a five-star fan.
Looking for a breakfast-in-bed style? The urb SPACE Xl Laptop Table Desk allows you to sit up straighter (no more slouching!). The desk, ideal for laptops up to 17 inches, is designed with a special hinge that lets you raise your laptop up to 30 degrees for a better viewing angle.
It’s a bit bulky and won’t win any awards for beauty, but it does the job and reviewers love the customization factor: “With the adjustable legs, it’s the perfect height no matter where I sit,” says a fan.
Made from bamboo, this portable Red Barrel Studio Laptop Desk features ventilation slots for keeping your laptop nice and cool. It’s also collapsible, so it can slide under the bed or into a closet when not in use. The top is adjustable, and there’s even a small drawer for pens and paper. Nice.
Like the lap desk above, the pretty bamboo Mind Reader Workstation sports ventilation slots and a handy drawer. It also has a ledge so your laptop won’t slide down. And at 21 inches wide, it’s longer than most—it’ll even fit that plate of eggs! The beverage coaster is the ideal spot for your morning cup of joe.
Options abound with the Ancheer Laptop Tray—it can morph from a lap desk into a standing desk at a moment’s notice. Made of cool red metal, it has a non-slip edge to keep your laptop in place. And the removable sideboard is great for a mouse or a pad of paper.
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