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This lap desk is a must-have for at-home offices and classrooms

It helps me focus while working from home.
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I spend a significant amount of time on my laptop. Being a full-time writer and editor means I spend quite a bit of time working from home — and now it's where I spend basically all of my time. In addition to that, I also have my own blog and YouTube channel, so even when I'm not technically working, I'm still on my computer — editing photos, videos, planning or posting different content.

One really big struggle I've had with working at home, though, is trying to do it comfortably. Living in a tiny New York City apartment doesn't allow much space for a beautiful home office. My roommate and I don't even have space for a table ... at all!

So, I would often end up hunched over, typing with my computer in my lap while sitting on my bed or couch. After being fed up with back and neck strain, I decided to ask my parents for a laptop bed table for Christmas.

Songmics Laptop Desk

The lap desk is made from 100% natural bamboo, which makes it surprisingly durable. It measures 21.65 inches by 13.78 inches — giving me plenty of room for my laptop, coffee and planner or notebook. There's also a removable ledge to keep my laptop from sliding. Although I love the bamboo finish, the table is also available in black and dark brown.


Is it worth it?

Since I got it in December 2018, I use it constantly. I wanted something that was sturdy, a decent size and had a nice aesthetic. I would say that for around $40, I got everything I was looking for. Most of the surface can be tilted upwards, making it much easier to see my computer screen. It has five angled positions, so it can work for people of different heights and with different viewing preferences. The legs have two metal latches to prevent them from wobbling and I can honestly say that it feels very sturdy set up on my bed (I haven't spilled a coffee cup yet). You can also fold in the legs completely for a low, flat surface.

It has multiple different uses

Not only has it been great for me to get work done on my laptop, but it has other uses as well. It makes a great breakfast tray for lazy Sunday mornings when I want to treat myself to eggs and toast in bed. It also provides me with a good surface for filling out my planner, writing in my journal or reading. It even has a small side drawer, perfect for storing pens, stickers and paper clips. Plus, for the more artistically gifted among us, it would make for a great portable easel.


It has great reviews

With more than 1,200 verified reviews on Amazon, the tray has an average of 4.5 out of five stars. "I searched and searched for a natural wood lap desk and am so glad that I finally found this one," one verified reviewer wrote. "It's very well made, highly functional, with tiltable split top and adjustable legs. Meets my needs perfectly."

Another person shared, "Love it! Exactly what I wanted for using in front of the TV, while I sit on the couch coloring."

If you're looking for more options, here's a look at other bestselling and top-rated lap desks.

Bestselling lap desks

1. Stock Harbor Laptop Lap Desk

If you always have a cup of coffee or water by your side, the included cup holder on this lap desk will certainly come in handy.

2. Zhimel Foldable Lap Desk

This unique folding design features a special slot at the back that's the perfect size for holding a tablet.

3. Sofia + Sam Laptop Bed Desk

This popular Amazon pick features a nifty pull-out drawer for storing pens, glasses and other essentials.

4. LapGear Designer Lap Desk

With an eye-catching pattern and helpful carrying handle, this LapGear desk is perfect for anyone who is looking for easy portability.

This article was originally published on March 9, 2019.

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