|December 30th, 2019
|house, ideas, tech
When I'm home I usually sit on the couch to use my laptop, and I was thinking about how I might be able to do that with a screen at a pleasant height. I've read about various approaches that usually involve elevating the laptop screen and using an external keyboard, but I really like being able to use my laptop's touchpad. I decided to set up an external monitor that folds out over the couch when I want to use it, and folds away against the wall when I don't:
I started by making some diagrams:
I cut a section of cabinet-grade plywood to a bit bigger than the monitor, and mounted the monitor in the middle. I was able to re-use some of the mounting hardware from the stand to make something where the monitor would be easily removable. Once I got the monitor on, however, it wouldn't come off again, so something went wrong there.
I made a spacer for the hinge-side, and used a pair of door hinges. Unfortunately, after Julia had painted everything I realized the spacer wasn't thick enough, so for now there's an ugly unpainted wooden shim. It's built like a door, and feels very sturdy.
The monitor can swing out all the way, enough to be used as a TV from a second couch on the far wall:
You can also have it partly open, if multiple people want to hang out on the closer couch and look at something:
To keep it in position when I'm using it as a computer monitor, I have a short length of string between a pair of cup hooks:
I do look a little silly using it:
I built this today and have only just started using it, but so far I'm very happy and my neck feels great!