Lap desks are portable work surfaces designed to be used on a lap. They make working from home or on the go easy, and are ideal for students, travelers and even persons with limited mobility. By creating a handy tabletop on your lap, you’re able to have a smooth surface to place your computer, notebook, pens and even a mini desk lamp on. Their portability factor means you can also take these with you from room to room, or “pop up” a work space almost anywhere (say, in a hotel room without a desk, or at the park when you need to send out a few emails).
Their usefulness goes beyond portability; the best lap desks also help to improve laptop performance by allowing heat to escape from your computer, and placing a barrier between your device and you for protection.
Below are some of the best lap desks we have found that encompass all of the above features and more. Not only do you have numerous color options, but, depending on the size of your laptop, they can come equipped with built-in compartments for ease of organization, detachable USB lights and a slot for your tablets, to make multitasking a breeze.
Made with luxe memory foam cushions or dual-bolster cushions that conform to your lap, these lap desks are lightweight for ease of portability and will keep you cool, comfortable and ergonomically supported while you work.
1. LapGear MyDesk Lap Desk
The MyDesk Lap Desk by LapGear is an all-purpose lap desk with a built-in handle, curved edge and soft fleece cushion with a workspace large enough to accommodate up to 15.6-inch laptops. A smooth, flat surface area provides proper ventilation and dual-bolster cushions feature an innovative airflow channel so you and your laptop stay cool and comfortable.
Pros: Two built-in storage compartments make organizing accessories easy.
Cons: If you need to use a mouse or side trackball a bigger option might be better.
2. Sofia + Sam Memory Foam Lap Desk
Sofia and Sam’s Oversized Lap Desk has an oversized design that not only works great for large laptops but is great for crafts, reading and larger projects (i.e., working on a puzzle). This lap desk can accommodate a mouse. The lap desk comes with a wrist rest, detachable USB light and tablet slot to create the ultimate portable workspace. This lap desk can support up to 20-inch laptops and can be comfortably used from a chair, sofa or bed.
Pros: The lap desk has a luxe built-in memory foam cushion for total comfort and support.
Cons: If you prefer multiple color choices, another option might be better.
3. Honey-Can-Do Portable Laptop Lap Desk
The Honey-Can-Do Laptop Desk is made from solid MDF construction to keep the surface cool and avoid overheating. It has a completely ergonomic, lightweight design that makes it the ideal workspace table for your couch, trip or anywhere else you need to turn into a portable workplace. It also comes with a built-in handle for easy mobility and storage to protect your cords and prevent tangles.
Pros: This cushioned lap desk includes a removable foam pad that adds extra comfort when you’re working, but can be stored away when you want to keep your lap desk slim and portable.
Cons: The ultra-smooth surface may be a little slippery.
4. Mavo Craft Folding Lap Desk
This cleverly designed option has fold-out legs that can be placed on the couch over your lap, but can be folded in if you want to rest it directly on your lap. The tabletop also opens up and can be used to store notebooks, pencils and other supplies. Since it has fold-out legs, you can alternatively use the lap-desk as a monitor stand at a desk. It’s made out of lightweight plastic that’s easy to take on the go.
Pros: Fold-out legs make it a comfortable option for placing over your lap. Tabletop opens for storage. Multiple uses.
Cons: Material could be sturdier.
5. LapGear Schoolhouse Wood LapDesk
Lapgear makes plenty of lap desks, including this unique throwback option that evokes a schoolhouse desk. The top of the desk has a notched slot that can be used to store pens and pencils. It’s made out of genuine wood with a veneer finish, and the top folds out to reveal an internal storage compartment with a green felt bottom. The bottom of the lap desk has a soft cushioned bottom to rest comfortably on your lap.
Pros: Stylish wood option that’s inspired by traditional schoolhouse desks. Has internal storage.
Cons: Internal hinge could be sturdier.
6. Mind Reader Portable Top Desk
If you like to use your computer or tablet in bed and want an option that’s not too hard, then consider this option from Mind Reader. Rather than being made out of hard wood or plastic, the lap desk is made out of firm but soft foam. It looks similar to a wedge-shaped pillow, and it has a bumper at the end that serves as a wrist rest and keeps the laptop in place. There’s also a little pocket on the side and a carrying handle.
Pros: Soft material makes it a good option for using in bed, while still being firm enough to use sitting up. Stylish heathered fabric. Convenient pocket and carrying handle.
Cons: Soft material may make it harder for laptops to properly vent.
7. HOME BI Lap Desk
While many lap desks are great for writing or reading, not all of them lend themselves well to use with a mouse. This option is a generous 22 inches long and has a designated trackpad for using a mouse. There’s also a slot at the end that works well for storing a phone. The bottom is a heathered fabric wedge that sits comfortably on your lap, and the top is an MDF material with a wooden finish. There’s also a handle for easily taking on the go.
Pros: Large surface with a designated trackpad for a mouse. Stylish wood-like finish. Slot for storing a phone or tablet.
Cons: Trackpad can potentially peel over time.