Disabilities that we address on this site, including the inability to sit, the inability to bend, and the need to keyboard in bed
Automobile safety for the horizontal passenger
Computer setups for the horizontal:
Leg & Back Rests
Building Arm Slings
Tch Typist Armrest H&P Typist Armrest
Building Stilt Keybd
Building Kbd Holder
Build Laptop Holder
Build Laptop Cover
Build Paper Holder
Make Back Support
Computing on Back
Building Foam Desk
Build a Book Holder
Recliner with Desk
Computer setups for the back-lying
Computer setups for the reclining
Sleeping and reading
accessories for the
Reading and writing
stand for the standing
Music keyboard raiser
Tray holder and standing assistance acces- sory
Raised work trays for kitchen or workroom
Raised workbench for garage
Raised massage table
Raised sinks, faucets, and towel racks
Mattresses for TV watching and eating
Using a reacher device for dressing, picking things up, and grabbing things that are too high or low to reach without bending or straining
Toilet seat riser
Living Room Floor-Level Back-Lying Remote Holder
Living Room Back-Lying Remote Holder
Two High-Leverage Shower Knobs
Raised Shower Head
Remodeled Counter and Sink Faucet and Faucet Knobs in Bathroom and Kitchen
Left-Click Microswitch and Switch-Adapted Mouse
Xkeys for Easier Drag and Copy and Paste Functions
Bathtub Saddle Remodel for Safety
Do-It-Yourself Accessibility Wrench for Pool Filters and Valves
Accessibility Pool Steps with Reduced Riser Height
Hot Tub with Safety Rail and Safety Pole
This device will hold your papers for reading or writing, and hold your books or 3-ring binders to study. It can be used standing or when lying in bed in various positions.
If you're in bed propped up on pillows, or your head is propped up on a hand whose forearm is sticking upward (not recommended—it's stressful), then you may be able to make do with nothing or with a simple clipboard. But people who can't sit or can't lie on their backs propped up must side-lie or stand for reading and/or writing, and they need helpful props to assist them.
See also Raised Work Trays for Kitchen or Workroom since this piece of furniture is essential for getting the most out of the writing stand.
In essence, the writing stand lets you tilt your work to the proper angle, while the raised work tray lets you raise your work to the proper height—so it goes without saying that you can use them together for a reading-or-writing-while-standing solution.
On the other hand, people who side-lie with their heads on pillows to read or write may end up needing their work tilted at all kinds of angles, depending on how they do it. So they need to vary the length of the prop stick accordingly, since a simple prop stick controls the tilt angle, as you'll see.
I built the writing stand so that it has a 5.5-inch prop stick of ¾-inch square molding with screws in each end. I use this stick to prop up the writing surface to a proper angle for standing. Both of the screws are quite long and can be unscrewed quite far to facilitate fine-tuning.
The screws' heads fit into indentations inside the stand. These were formed when I glued two separate 2-inch by 6-inch pieces (prop holders) of ¼-inch plywood with 3/8-inch holes drilled in their centers to the inner two surfaces of the stand with Tacky Glue.
I built the stand as 2 pieces (wings) of ¼-inch plywood paneling 10 inches wide and 13 inches tall that are hinged together with 2-inch by 1-inch hinges that are in turn fastened to the plywood with tiny flathead bolts and nuts. I drilled a ¼-inch hanging hole in the middle the bottom wing's 10-inch edge.
The edge of the bottom prop holder is 8.5 inches from the bottom wing's hinged edge, while the edge of the top prop holder is 7 inches from the top wing's hinged edge.
I added a ledge for papers and books to rest on, made from ¾-inch square molding. I made it only 5 inches wide, as hinge nuts were in the way—but this in no way diminishes functionality.
Reading and Writing Stand for Standing