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Best lap desks

HUANUO Laptop Tray
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A sofa, armchair, or your bed might make more forgiving seats than an office chair, but using a laptop on one of these isn’t good for your back or wrists. Working, gaming, reading, and writing on the sofa or in bed is easier on your body when you use a lap desk. With both sophisticated and sizeable designs and simple compact versions on offer, our selection has a lap desk to suit you.

Best overall

Avantree Neetto Adjustable Laptop Table

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Avantree Neetto Adjustable Laptop Table

Multipurpose choice

This is a clever desk that does it all. The large surface can support a 17-inch laptop plus pens, pencils, a mouse, and other necessities. The legs on the desk are height adjustable so you can position it at the right level whether you’re in an armchair, or in bed, or you want to put it on top of a table to create a standing desk. The angle of the tabletop can also be adjusted, so you can maximize your screen-viewing comfort.

Made for children

ECR4Kids The Surf Lap Desk

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ECR4Kids The Surf Lap Desk

Easy to carry

The ECR4Kids is a mobile desk for those aged six and up. It’s lightweight at 15.9kg, and units can be stacked together to save space. There’s plenty of room on the flat top for creative activities and studies but bear in mind that children must sit on the chair for the attached desk to remain upright. 

Minimalist style

Belkin F8N143 Cushdesk Lap Desk

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Belkin F8N143 Cushdesk Lap Desk

Anti-slide strip

Neat lines make this lap desk easy to stash away when it’s not in use, and far from bulky for your legs. It’s angled to put a laptop in the correct position for use and made to stop it sliding off, too. In a smart black/grey colourway, it can be spot-cleaned with a damp cloth if required. 

Get organized

HUANUO Laptop Tray

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HUANUO Laptop Tray

Built-in wrist pad

Get your tech in order with this model. There’s space for your laptop with a mouse pad alongside, plus slots for a tablet, mobile, and pens. Bolster cushions make it easy on your legs, and your wrists are supported, too.

Ideal for travel

AboveTEK Portable Laptop Lap Desk

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AboveTEK Portable Laptop Lap Desk

Heat prevention shield

If you want to be able to work easily wherever you go, check out this extendable design. Small and light, it fits easily into a bag. The mouse pad can be pulled out on either side to suit left and right-handers, and it has a heat shield to prevent both your laptop and your legs from getting too warm.

Generous space

Cooper Mega Table

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Cooper Mega Table

Doubles as TV dinner tray

Size up your desktop for the sofa or bed. This lap desk has room for laptops from 11 to 17-inches and has a tablet stand, plus a side drawer for your phone, and even a cup of coffee. The legs fold down for compact storage, and there’s a handle to lift it by.

Bottom line

You can save yourself plenty of discomfort by investing in a lap desk to use when you‘re seated on the sofa or have your legs stretched out on the bed. The Avantree Neetto Adjustable Laptop Table has height-adjustable legs and you can alter the angle of the surface as well. It can accommodate more than a laptop, too, so you can keep all you need to hand.

If you’re looking for a compact design that sits directly on your thighs, the Belkin F8N143 Cushdesk Lap Desk will come in handy. It’s gently angled and has a special strip that stops your laptop sliding off. Keeping it pristine is easy: it can be wiped with a damp cloth.