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Best Laptop Table for a Couch

Updated on August 12, 2014

The Best Laptop Table for a Couch Depends on How You Use Your Computer

I love being able to use my laptop on the couch. The best laptop table depends on how you use your computer, how you like to sit, if you prefer to use a laptop mouse, and if you need room for other materials on your couch table.

I bought my first used laptop in 1996 and my first new laptop in 1997. I loved being able to travel with my computer, and to be able to work wherever I wanted to, whether that was in a hotel room, at a client's office, or relaxing on the couch, watching TV while I worked. Of course, back then, laptops were more difficult to use without a mouse, and there wasn't a lot to choose from if you were looking for the best laptop table.

Today, you can find tables that sit on the floor, that tilt or move on wheels, that have a spot for a computer mouse, and that even have cooling fans to cool your laptop, or a lamp to light your laptop table.

I like to sit on the couch with my legs crossed, or with my feet on an ottoman in front of me, and I rarely use an additional computer mouse. I have a couple of different types of laptop tables for my couch. One is especially made for laptops,one has a pullout tray for a mouse, and the other is designed for small objects, but I use it for my laptop when I want to shift positions to get more comfortable.

For some reason, I never feel as creative when I'm sitting in front of a desktop computer as when I'm sitting with my laptop on a couch!

How about you? Do you find that sitting upright at a desk stifles your creativity?

Do you like to use your laptop while you are sitting on the couch?

I recently spent a couple of weeks sick in bed, basically flat on my back. When I was feeling a bit better I wanted to use my laptop and tablet and neither were comfortable without a table or tray. I was lucky that I had several different options for holding my gadgets. I can use my laptop for a short period of time without a table, but its hard on my arms and it does get warm on the bottom of the laptop. However, if I use my adjustable laptop table, I can type easily and not have my wrists and forearms pressed against the edge of the laptop in an uncomfortable way.

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Adjustable Vented Laptop Table - The Furinno Adjustable Laptop Table Gives You Options

Adjustable and vented, this laptop table gives you options for where you use it. On the couch, on the floor, in bed, even at a desk. The venting helps to keep your laptop cooler. It fits even a 17" laptop. And it comes in fun colors plus black. I recently bought the purple one and I love it. It is so versatile. I like the way I can adjust the legs and angle to make it even more comfortable.

Laptop Table on Wheels with Storage - Compact and Easy to Adjust with Wheels for Mobility

This cool laptop table can wheel right up to your couch. It also has storage for your books, papers, laptop mouse, pens, or anything else you need to go with your laptop. This is a good way to have a portable desk that can go anywhere on wheels. You can change chairs or even change rooms and all of your stuff is right there.

Laptop Table with USB Cooling Fan - Extend the life of your laptop with a cooling fan table.

A laptop table for your couch is even better with a laptop cooler. The cooling fan plugs into your USB port and keeps your laptop from overheating, even with the toughest use. Did you know that keeping your laptop cool also extends the life of your computer? It also keeps your lap cooler!

Choosing a Laptop Table for Your Couch

Tips for Choosing the Best

There are so many different types of laptop tables, it can be very difficult to decide which one to buy. Here are some tips to make your choice the best for you:

1-Think about how you use your laptop. Do you use it in short bursts? Do you spend hours? Are you typing a lot? Or do you spend more time watching video and gaming?

2-Does your couch have arms to rest your table on?

3-How big is your laptop? Some tables are better for a 15" laptop and some are better for a 17" laptop.

4-Do you use any laptop accessories that need to be on your table instead of on the couch? Do you need room for a mouse or other gadget to us with your computer?

5-Do you sit on your couch with your knees bent, legs straight down and your laptop on your lap? Do you sit with your legs stretched out? Or legs crossed? All of the above?

Portable Laptop Desk with Mousepad - Slideout Mouse Tray, Small, and Portable

This portable laptop desk even has a slideout mouse pad. Sometimes you need a mouse to use in addition to your laptop's built-in mouse. This desk gives you that option. It's also small and easily portable to use wherever you want to be on the computer or to use with your tablet. I have this model and I like to use the slideout mouse tray when I am doing any type of graphics work. I can't get the type of find control I need with my integrated mouse on my laptop.

Beanbag Lap Stand for Laptops, Tablets, iPads - Fun Beanbag Laptop, Tablet or eReader Stand

So versatile! This beanbag stand is great for all kinds of devices and it lets you prop your laptop, tablet, or e-reader at an odd angle and still be comfortable. You can even lay in bed and use this to read. The beanbag is very versatile. I hate to have to hold my tablet and this lets me watch video or read mostly hands-free.

Best Laptop Table for Mac Laptops - Designed for Apple Laptops

Designed especially for Apple laptop lovers, this laptop table for your couch, desk, or chair, will make your MacBook even more functional. Users also comment that the design adds to the excellent design of Apple products. Reviews also state that this laptop stand is very comfortable to use.

Who Else Uses a Laptop Table on the Couch

Do You Use Your Laptop on Your Couch?

Of Course...Who doesn't?

Of Course...Who doesn't?

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    • Evelina 3 years ago from London / Frankfurt / Vilnius

      I do! Often in bed as well :)

    • MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      Quite often, and I have been looking for a way to balance it better than the little pad I have now. Some great ideas here, thanks.

    • chattersharon 4 years ago

      Always on the couch!

    • Angelee1027 4 years ago

      The couch and bed is my home when using my laptop! LOL

    Never, I am a desk person

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      • linsm76 4 years ago

        I have a coffee table that lifts up and towards the sofa so that it can be used for eating, studying, and for the laptop. I like it, but what I don't like is that you have to move everything off of it first and unless you have it locked into place, it will move on you which is a pain. I think these little tables are best for those who sit on the couch, chair, or park bench with their laptop.

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          Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

          Even I'm not a coach I should have one :)

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          HowToDiva 4 years ago

          @johnny-knox: So glad you found it helpful!

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          HowToDiva 4 years ago

          @Brians Secretary: I agree, they are very versatile items to have.

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          HowToDiva 4 years ago

          @Angelee1027: I agree, it gets too hot if you use it for a while. Plus a table or tray is better for your laptop.

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          johnny-knox 4 years ago

          I truly need this as I I tend to use my laptop on the bed and not on lap.. thanks for your great suggestions

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          Brians Secretary 4 years ago

          We bought one 5 years ago and it has been used for everything except my laptop. Excellent TV watching item

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          Angelee1027 4 years ago

          I love using my laptop on the couch or my bed, but it always get way too hot because I just sit it on my lap or on the couch/bed. I need to get some sort of table for it. Looking at a few you have suggested in your Lens right now.