A laptop table provides a stable surface for working on your computer when you're not at a desk. For people who want the freedom to choose where and how to use one, Emma Christensen, Occupational Therapist/Ergonomics Consultant at ErgoFit Occupational Therapy Consulting, recommends models with some personalization power. "If they want to use it for a few other options like standing at their desk or working in a couch or in bed, then height and angle adjustability [are] important."
Keeping that in mind, we researched dozens of the best laptop tables available online, judging them on sturdiness, portability, and adjustability. Our top pick, the Saiji Laptop Bed Tray Desk, is lightweight, adjustable, and folds flat for easy storage, making it ideal for working sessions almost anywhere in your home.
Here are the best laptop tables.
Best Overall: SAIJI SAIJI Laptop Bed Tray Desk
Portable and adjustable
Comes with three color options
Some internal storage and sleek design
Somewhat wobbly on softer surfaces
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The SAIJI Laptop Bed Tray Desk stands out for its attractive and practical design and adjustability. This simple but sleek table is available in three color options and offers generous height and angle flexibility to prevent strain on your neck.
Each time you relocate to work on your bed, couch, or elsewhere, you can choose from five different height settings ranging from 9.4 to 12.6 inches. You can also shift the tabletop's angle from zero to 36 degrees for your viewing needs. Auto-lock buttons for the legs ensure you're provided stability at each height. However, keep in mind that while the legs are stable, you can't expect them to offer the same stability on softer surfaces as harder ones.
As for other design elements, the non-slip PVC leather surface and sliding guard rail can help keep items like laptops and mice in place. Unlike other options, the SAIJI tray desk has a small drawer you can use to conveniently store and access supplies like pens, USB flash drives, or sticky notes. This desk is also foldable, making it easy to store and transport when needed.
Best for Bed: Inbox Zero Adjustable 8 Position Laptop Tray
Soft cushioning for comfort
Can be used for laptops or books
8 adjustable tray positions
No internal storage
Very basic design
When you’re working from bed, you probably want a laptop desk that fits comfortably on your lap no matter how you’re seated. The Inbox Zero Adjustable Laptop Tray not only has a cushioned underside—it has eight positions so you can set your laptop at the best angle. For example, you might just want a flat 90-degree angle surface to work on, or you might want to lean back and have the computer at an angle so you can comfortably type without straining your wrists. This angled tray also works well for books and iPads, perfect for reading before bed. However, it does lack internal storage.
While simple in design, the color and material of this lap desk will stand up to dirt as well as long-term wear and tear. It also allows laptop ventilation so your computer won’t overheat as quickly as when directly resting on your lap. Though big enough to fit larger computers like a MacBook, this tray can be easily stored under most beds when not in use.
Best Budget: LapGear Compact Lap Desk
Easy to travel with
Good ventilation for laptop
Lower price point
No internal or external storage
This affordable lap desk is ideal for traveling or working from home. With a super-lightweight design, the LapGear Compact Lap Desk can easily fit in most suitcases if you’re traveling by plane or comfortably in your lap for road trips. This lap desk is just as well suited for use on your couch as in the office. The two underside cushions elevate it enough to provide ventilation, keeping your legs and computer cool.
It’s less expensive than similar styles but equally functional. There’s a little slot to hold a pen or pencil if you’re taking notes, but it otherwise lacks storage options. To add personalization, you can choose between six vibrant colors (including black and gray for those who like to keep it neutral). Overall, it’s a great option for those who want something versatile without hurting their wallet.
Best Foldable: CHARMDI Portable Laptop Bed Tray Table, Folding Dormitory Table
Durable materials for everyday use
Has spot for a book or notebook
Built in cupholder
A little wobbly on some surfaces
Not an eye-catching design
The CHARMDI Portable Laptop Bed Tray Table is ideal for students or those who might need to fit notebooks alongside their computers. As a larger-sized desk, this option accommodates more than just a laptop, with a built-in cupholder and a slot for pens or even propping up an iPad. The wooden desk (available in four neutral colors) has a smooth surface to lay out your materials and foldable metal legs for when you’re ready to close shop.
Due to the height of this desk, it’s versatile for shorter or taller folks with plenty of legroom underneath. Note that it can lack stability on certain types of surfaces. Of course, if you’re looking on behalf of your kids, this desk could also serve as a space for crafting, with room for coloring books and pencils, and a generally scratch-proof surface. If you prop it up in a playroom, you can just fold it back up when art time is over.
Best Adjustable: AmazonBasics Adjustable and Portable Laptop Table
Versatile, good for lots of locations
Adjustable and lightweight
Can be used for a standing desk
Rather plain design
Height might be a bit too high
If you want to be able to adjust the height and angle of your computer, the AmazonBasics Laptop Stand offers both those abilities. This table comes in two sizes, the larger of which can hold a 17-inch laptop on its 24-inch by 13-inch surface.
The height of the AmazonBasics laptop table is adjustable between 9.4 and 12.6 inches, and you can tilt its surface between zero and 36 degrees for a more comfortable view of your screen. This lightweight unit is easy to carry around thanks to its folding legs, and it features two small ledges to help keep your laptop and other belongings in place. It has no built-in storage options, but you can use it on a regular desk to convert it into a standing desk.
Best Coffee Table: George Oliver Rustic Oak Grossi Lift Top Coffee Table with Storage
Simple to assemble
Lots of storage space
Doesn’t fit in small spaces
While this is not strictly a laptop table, the George Oliver Grossi Lift Coffee Table has a convenient laptop desk component. Though this rustic showpiece might appear as just a regular coffee table, a large panel lifts out to become an elevated laptop desk. The desk's surface area is large enough to fit most laptops with leftover space to boot. But if you're working with a smaller space, this may not be your best option.
This George Oliver gem also features two internal shelves, where you could display candles, books, or small plants like a succulent. And as a bonus, the hidden compartment underneath the desk offers a decently sized storage space for blankets and other living room necessities. When you've finished work for the day, just tuck the panel back into place, and your living room centerpiece will appear as just another gorgeous coffee table.
Best Side Table: World Market Wood Alec Laptop Table with Shelf
Sleek modern design
Fully assembled upon arrival
No room for anything besides a laptop
If you're looking for a surface you can work on and keep next to your sofa, the Alec Laptop Table could be the perfect option. Its C-shaped form comfortably fits over your legs while you're sitting down. This beautiful piece is made from mango wood with a metal base, and its surface is 18 x 14 inches—just right for smaller laptops.
However, this smaller surface area probably won't allow you to fit much more on top of it. On the plus side, this table has an interior shelf where you can tuck away your computer and other supplies when you’re finished working. It’s an ideal solution for small spaces and gets extra points for its sturdy and stylish design.
Best for Standing: Inbox Zero Hamdan Height Adjustable Standing Desk
Simple setup, adjustable base
Modern design with wood and steel materials
Quiet operation when changing height
Includes cable management
Moderately challenging assembly
Sitting at a desk all day can be uncomfortable, which is why many opt to stand. This Inbox Zero Hamdan Adjustable Standing Desk from Wayfair may be a bit tasking to assemble, but it's adjustable between 28 and 47 inches tall, depending on your height and if you want to sit or stand. This standing desk even includes four memory buttons to save certain height preferences—for example, one height for you and another for your partner if it's a shared desk, or one for sitting and one for standing.
The height operation is very quiet, so it won't disturb anyone around you, such as a nearby sleeping pet or coworker. The desk surface has enough space for a laptop, monitor, full keyboard, and even a mouse. This unit also comes with a cable management compartment to hide all those pesky cords that hang down from your computer, so your space stays decluttered, organized, and ready for work.
The best laptop desk for you depends largely on your workplace set-up, but the SAIJI Laptop Bed Tray Desk is a versatile option that will satisfy many different needs. If you're looking for a table that doesn't scream "laptop desk," we recommend the George Oliver Rustic Oak Grossi Lift Top Coffee Table with Storage, which has a stylish rustic exterior that houses a lift-top desk.
What to Look For in a Laptop Table
Finding the correct height and width is key to ensuring a comfortable and productive workspace. You want the table to be slightly wider than your computer base. If you use a mouse, Christensen recommends making sure "that the laptop table is wide enough for an external mouse right next to the laptop keyboard." Christensen also says that looking for a model that's big enough to hold an external keyboard could come in handy for people who "decide to separate the laptop screen from the keyboard and prop up their screen to a better height."
In addition to enough space for your laptop and external accessories, options that provide storage for small items may come in handy. Size also plays an important role in working with smaller square footage. Something like a foldable lap desk can easily be stored and put away, while a side table is always on display.
Some laptop tables have wheels or can be carried from your couch to your bed with ease. Others may be more stationary (such as a coffee or side table option) so consider whether or not portability is important to you and your lifestyle. Lap desks can go nearly anywhere, while tables are multi-functional around your home. However, you can find travel-friendly options that easily stow in your bag for on-the-go work needs.
Some larger, multifunctional laptop tables require assembly. Even smaller options may need legs attached for optimal use. Think about the level of assembly (and any possible tools required to complete said assembly) when selecting the table that is right for you. Of course, larger laptop tables that double as furniture require the most time to assemble properly.
Is a laptop table useful?
Whether you work from home or just need a place to keep your personal laptop, a laptop table can be convenient. "If it is just to avoid having the laptop on their lap and overheating, then a flat surface with some vents to allow air circulation is sufficient," says Christensen.
Many laptop tables allow you to position your laptop for optimal use no matter where you are—making it easier to see the screen and type with less neck and hand strain. For people who like to work slightly reclined, Christensen says that adjustments help "angle the keyboard/mouse so that they keep their wrists straight without the edge of the table pressing against their wrists (i.e. if they did not angle)."
Are laptop stands bad for your laptop?
There is no harm in using a laptop stand for your laptop. Many contain ventilated bottom portions that keep your computer from overheating and some have more angle and height adjustability options that could enhance the experience. Christensen says these adjustments may be useful for folks who "want to prop up their keyboard/mouse to a good height for standing at their desk to work."
However, Christensen also recommends adjusting your setup for lengthier and more permanent work situations. "When using a laptop, often just having it on your lap is best for short durations," says Christensen. "For anything longer, I always recommend they try to separate the laptop screen from the keyboard, which usually means getting an external keyboard and mouse and propping up their screen to a good height."
What ergonomic features should people look for in laptop tables?
Maintaining proper posture is essential for people considering a laptop table. "The key is to remember what neutral posture is and use the laptop table to position their laptop to achieve this neutral posture," says Christensen. "Neutral posture when using a laptop should be with their shoulders relaxed, elbows at the side of the body, and wrists straight with no bend."
Christensen also warns against "excess neck flexion" that can happen when looking down at a laptop screen. "This is fine for short durations but if they only use a laptop, then they should have at least an external keyboard and mouse so that they can position their keyboard/mouse at the right height and the monitor also at the right height to minimize neck flexion."
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Madison Yauger and Camryn Rabideau, writers and product testers for The Spruce. With backgrounds in home design and decor, they are both well-versed in the best products and trends for your home. Additional reporting was done by Mackenzie Dunn, a lifestyle writer and editor whose work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, HelloGiggles, Real Simple, MyDomaine, and more.
Emma Christensen, Occupational Therapist/Ergonomics Consultant at ErgoFit Occupational Therapy Consulting, also offered insights on the important adjustability and ergonomics considerations people should consider when shopping for and using laptop tables.