Work Better: Lapdesks for a Productive Work Day

Have work to do, will travel.

Woman sitting with lapdesk on floor with baby.
Gotta multitask? A lapdesk is the way to go.Leonard Beck, Unsplash

Studies have shown that novel environments can boost mood, creativity and even memory. So why limit work to the same desk or table? A lapdesk makes it easy to write, draw or use your computer wherever the mood strikes. Here’s what to consider before buying one of your own.

SAIJI Laptop Bed Tray Table, Adjustable Laptop Desk for Bed, Foldable Laptop Stand with Storage Drawer for Eating, Working, Writing, Gaming, Drawing (X-Large,Black)
Multifunctional work surface with four angles and five height settings.SAIJI

Before you buy your lapdesk, consider how you plan on using it. These days, most models are wide enough to accommodate a laptop or tablet, and some have clever built-ins for holding a smartphone, using a mouse and even offering additional work surface.

LapGear Home Office Lap Desk with Device Ledge, Mouse Pad, and Phone Holder - Black Carbon - Fits Up to 15.6 Inch Laptops - Style No. 91588
Available in five finishes, including sophisticated wood grain and a soft marble.LapGear

The term “lapdesk” can be misleading. While traditional models have a bolster cushion base that comfortably conforms to your lap, others have sturdier legs and adjustable angles and heights that make it just as easy to read a book in bed as it is to work on your computer from the sofa. They can also be placed on a table or counter to create an ergonomic standing desk.

Mind Reader LTADJUST-BLK Adjustable Portable 8 Position Lap Top Desk with Built in Cushions, Black
Sturdy design with a range of height settings and a carrying handle for easy transport.Mind Reader

When not in use, many lapdesks fold compactly for easy storage. Some really put the “desk” in “lapdesk” and contain drawer-like sections of their own to stow away paper, notebooks, and writing utensils, making them ideal for everyday drawing or writing projects of kids or adults.