Great Gift Idea – DIY Folding Lap Desk / Breakfast Tray

As soon as I saw this image from Jen Woodhouse, I knew I wanted one.

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Better still, I knew it would make a GREAT gift idea – I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of staying warm and cozy in bed and eating a hot breakfast, or reading the paper, or working on the computer with a steaming cup of tea/coffee?

NO ONE!

And this DIY folding lap desk / breakfast tray is really easy to build – in fact, Jen’s plans show it made from a single board of 1 x 8!

Cha-ching!  Great gift idea, easy AND inexpensive!  Love you Jen!

I changed up my version a bit to use up scrap wood, so I won’t go step-by-step through the process.  Jen’s plans are easy to understand and will walk you through it in no time.

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I will give you a tip though – DON’T over-tighten the the connecting bolts – the one on top of my DIY folding lap desk used to be 1 3/4″ long – but thanks to my built-by-yoga-biceps, I managed to tighten one until it actually broke in half!  (enter womanly grunting here).

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My Dad complains that everything I build is grey – he says I need some colour on the blog – agreed, but I KNOW Hubby will never build one of these for me, so this one’s mine … and my bedroom is grey.

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I was laughing away to myself after this photo; I had made up this little breakfast especially to stage my DIY folding lap desk / breakfast tray for photos.  As I shot a few images, I kept thinking to myself “I really wish someone would do this for me sometime”…

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it didn’t occur to me until about 20 photos in that someone just had…

Me!

I giggled away to myself at my stupidity, then crawled into bed to eat my 3pm breakfast in bed. lol

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The sides have notched cut-outs for easy gripping, and the legs fold up under the tray so you can slide the entire thing under your bed.

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Bring it out to get some work done.  Take it to the sofa for a lap desk in front of the TV.

Whatever the need – this really is a great gift idea.

Think Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, for a sick friend, for someone in a nursing home, for traveling with kids… it’s relatively light and very compact.

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I’m actually thinking about crawling back in right now with a cup of tea and my iPad so I can stream a little Netflix.

Thank you House of Wood for the free building plans.

Have a great one!

too-funny

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2018-06-18T13:40:00-04:00December 8th, 2016|BUILD IT, DIY, For me, GIFT IDEAS|1 Comment

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  1. 100 Things To Do | Pearltrees April 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    […] I would never think that this hodgepodge pile would become something like this; Yup, the amazing gals at Shanty 2 Chic have done it again with a super-easy DIY project to get your home ready for Holiday guests. I’m going to show you how I pieced my DIY coat rack together from (mainly) scrap wood, only purchasing a 4×4, and two fence toppers. The feet are attached to your 4×4 post with KregJig pocket holes. You don’t have to buy fence toppers if you don’t want – the top of your DIY coat rack could be used to hold hats and no one would ever notice the square top… but if you want a little “extra” these two turned out pretty well together. Have a great one! Great Gift Idea – DIY Folding Lap Desk / Breakfast Tray – 100 Things 2 Do. […]

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