DIY wall-mounted LAPTOP DOCK (neat, tidy, elegant)


Laptops are great for their portability, but
when it comes to getting some serious work done it’s often good idea to get it hooked
up to a monitor and peripherals for better ergonomics to help you get things done faster.
Unfortunately plugging in all the cables can be a bit tedious and often ends up looking
messy, and while you can get port replicators for some laptops these aren’t particularly
elegant and still take up a lot space on the desk.
So to solve these problems we will in this video be building a super sleek wall-mounted
laptop docking station that not only looks neat on the wall, but is also super practical
as the laptop can be just slid in place to connect it to all your devices.
Let’s get to it! So the first thing we will need is a sheet
of low density PVC plastic, which is perfect for this project as it’s lightweight, easy
to work with, and comes in a variety of colours. As it’s going to form the main base the first
thing to do is cut it down to size, and for aesthetics I’m going to round off the corners
using a coping saw, following up with some sand paper for neatness.
Size-wise this base needs to be 3cm larger than the laptop in all directions, which leaves
room for all the connectors that we’ll be adding later in addition to allowing space
for two supporting side pieces. These can be made out of the same material,
and need to have some holes drilled through them for mounting purposes.
One thing to check here is whether either of these side pieces will block any vents
on the laptop. If they do, mark the vent’s position on the offending side piece and carefully
carve out a gap for it on the underside, which should allow air to flow freely through the
vent. So before we screw these side pieces in place
we need to make two little tabs which will later act as locks to stop the laptop from
falling out. They can simply be made out of a thin sheet of aluminium using some tin snips,
and must be heavily sanded down to round off all the edges so that they won’t scratch the
laptop when deployed. These can be attached to the side pieces using
some m5 flange head screws. These are supposed to slide through the side pieces easily, but
I made my holes slightly too small so they were a bit stiff. Now we can add a few washers
to act as spacers, and tighten them onto the base. Note that the holes here need to be
smaller so that the screw bites in securely. As the tabs are likely going to rotate the
screws at this point, which we don’t want, we need to back the screws off slightly and
add some glue to the underside, which, when dry, should keep the screws in place while
still allowing the tabs to be rotated. So, why were the washers necessary? Well,
they lift up the side pieces just enough to match the inside height of the laptop, which
allows the tabs to slide over the top to keep it secure.
Next we’ll need a selection of cables which we can use to make what’s essentially the
docking interface. I’ve got a USB extension, two monitor cables, and a power port extension.
With the laptop in position on the dock, these cables can all be plugged in, after which
we can mould some tack to around the area of each plug to prevent the glue we’re going
to use from touching the laptop or spreading too far. You may want to make some groves
in the base as well to give the glue something more to adhere to, and it’s also a good idea
to rough up the plastic on each connector for the same reason.
The glue I’m using is slow drying epoxy, which has a working time of about an hour. I’d recommend
this over the fast dry stuff, as those often set within 10 minutes which makes it a bit
stressful as you’d have to rush to get it done in time.
So once it’s thoroughly mixed it can be spooned into each tack mould as well as being added
to the underside of each connector. You need to take care when plugging these in so as
not to let any glue enter the port at all, which would be quite disastrous for obvious
reasons. Once it’s in place some more glue can be added up the sides for some extra strength.
They now need to be left until the glue is completely cured, and it’s important that
they are in a very neutral position, not being pushed in any particular direction, so that
they will be perfectly in place once set. So once it has set, the tack can be peeled
away as much as possible, which leaves the ports solidly and securely in position. So
much so that the laptop can be slid in and out and they’ll remain anchored as if set
in stone. Now it’s time to tidy up the cables, so we
can bundle them together with a cable tie and get some black cotton ribbon, also attaching
it with a cable tie, wrapping it around and around to tightly bind them together.
This makes for a single exit cable that looks really smart.
So now there’s only one thing left to do, which is to make a covering piece to hide
the connectors. I made mine out of a single piece of aluminium, and used tin snips and
files to make a little cutout in the middle, which makes a small gap for two fingers to
make the laptop easier to pull out. To finalise this you might want to use some
water and a very fine grit sandpaper to add microscratches to its surface, which should
give it a brushed look once washed and dried. Very nice indeed. This can then be screwed in place, after which
the dock is complete! Now you may have noticed the four holes on
the base – these are mounting holes to allow it to be mounted onto a wall. For this it’s
just a case of using a pencil to mark their positions and adding some rawl plugs, which
allow the dock to be simply screwed in place. Now the only thing left to do is to plug in
all the devices. I used a USB hub to give me 4 USB ports, which
was attached to the back of the desk for ease of access, and for power I simply connected
the laptop’s original power brick to the power port extension.
Now the laptop can be slid in place, which is super satisfying by the way, and powered
on. As you can see, it looks really neat, especially
compared to the other methods I showed you earlier, especially as it keeps the desk free
from clutter giving you more room. It has a cool industrial look to it as well, thanks
to the brushed aluminium, flanged hex screws, and cotton covered cable.
By the way, to keep the laptop from going into standby with the lid closed, it’s just
a case of going into the power options and changing it to ‘do nothing’.
You can even set up dual monitors with this, and when you’re ready to go the laptop can
be simply pulled out and you can be on your way.
Now it’s worth noting that to successfully make one of these your laptop must have at
least a monitor port, a power port, and a USB port along a single edge. Doesn’t matter
whether it’s the back or one of the sides, as if it is one of the sides you can make
it so that it slides down vertically instead. So I hope you’ve enjoyed this video and if
you did don’t forget to give it a thumbs up and maybe consider subscribing as well, and
if you’re really keen then don’t forget to click that little bell icon which will let
you know whenever I upload a new project. Other than that, I’m Matt, you’ve been watching
DIY Perks, and I really hope I see you next time. Bye for now!
If you’d like to see another laptop-related project, then why not check this one out,
in which I show you how to convert a smashed up laptop into a beautiful desktop PC. With
some pretty interesting results…

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Reader Comments

  1. DIY Perks

    Parts links!
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    Hope you guys enjoy the video! If you'd like to help me out, it would be amazing if you could share this video around on relevant forums/blogs you partake in as it would help the video's performance immensely. Thanks!

  2. NL jolex tech

    if your laptop don't have all the ports need op one side, no problem! if you have a usb and a charging port on one side it's good, just use a usb splitter and usb adapters. (plz put the splitter and adapters at the desk and not in the dock for a thinner cable)

  3. CyanicTempest

    Its amazing all those connectors have been replaced with a single USB-C port. Although I still love the idea of wall mounting a laptop to charge and use it. This video is for the most part still relevant Its a thumbs up from me!

  4. MShrader211

    This technique should work really well for a tablet computer and possibly my cell phone as well… if mounted on wall next to a large LCD tv then could also have hdmi inputs in the mix so as to duplicate screen on tv when docked. Ah the possibilities…

  5. Charles Strozier

    U have given me great ideas. I live in a 10 bye 20 cabin totally Off the Grid and space is the main thing that I need and I love the fact that every video I have seen of you doing something it's always hiding the cables nice and straight and out of sight. Just like with all the LEDs strips turning them into different light fixtures. I like the mushroom lights that you did it really gave me an idea to make the amount of solar panels walkway lights from the dollar store. I can put them on the outside of my cabin and it would really look like mushrooms versus lights. I even like what you did with the security cameras from old laptops.

  6. Arterexius

    While not in need of an actual dock, I am in need of a smarter way to store my laptop. And I think I now know what to do, given that I also have a lot of spare plywood (my preferred, cheap wood type due to its high strenght).

  7. Jeff Dunehew

    FYI that e series dock you are using in the video has a spacer you can get so you don't have to slide your laptop around and find where it docks.

  8. PRATHAM PRAKASH

    This looks amazing and is super easy to make.
    Your channel is different from other YouTubers in a sense that you use very simple tools unlike others where they have a big workshop with fancy equipments. Great work!

  9. Henry Dorsett Case

    You can hide a laptop behind a drywall and attach each wire to a wall socket so you can connect anything you want to the laptop. And to keep it cool you can make a ventilation system with tubes coming in with cold air and coming out with hot air.

    You can also mount a monitor preferably with a touchpad and a pair of speakers in a drywall, so that way you will have a pc that takes no space whatsoever.

  10. Rifai A. L

    Why did you position the laptop vertically, instead of the correct horizontal position? Wouldn't your positioning make it weird while typing and also display?

  11. Raagam Parmar

    I have my laptop's exhaust vents on the bottom! and a little opening in the top middle part but t remains closed when the lid is down. No air transfer! What to do?? Pls guide…
    I have Lenovo Ideapad

  12. Tiza

    Pretty cool, but almost every single person I know who connects their laptop to another screen (myself included) also use the laptop and its screen. This actually look useful for those who own a laptop with a dead screen and want to repurpose it as a mini-pc

  13. GamingWillis

    I would rotate the mount 90 degrees clockwise.
    You could easily add side any side port connections with 'removable strips' (basically do the same thing you did, but mount it to a moveable block).

  14. Brian Zamora

    Its nice and all. But its just limited to one setup. Removes the option to use another laptop, no option for the laptop to be used else where because power cable is already glued, waste of cables, laptop monitor rendered useless, no option for multiple monitors because it was side mounted, etc. Nice video and well edited. Its that there is to many components that will be wasted. I subscribed and clicked on the like button. Cheers.

  15. ERigo

    Why not placing it at the wall rotating it 90º clockwise so:
    1 – The cables come straight down,
    2 – The "Dell" logo stays in the right position and
    3 – Gravity helps in keeping it in place?

  16. Ellis The DJ

    its a cool video but as modern my laptop is the usb the video out put & the charger all uses usb C so it would be a nightmare to do I think & costly

  17. Просто Хач

    После просмотра этого ролика я отупел. Спасибо. Покажу это видео соседу пусть умрет счастливым.

  18. izoyt

    just put this under the desk (maybe on some extendable thing) , done. no visible mess anywhere. only problem with this setutp (from my experience with hp z laptop etc) is, that with monitor closed, laptop get higher temps.

  19. Alejandro Rodolfo Mendez

    Everything was nice and smooth until I saw you put it on the wall, then my anxiety skyrocketed. Real tech support here, that's dangerous.

  20. ccn01347

    Hi DIY Perks,
    I have to combine my Macbook pro and game PC on the same desk. Could you provide any suggestion?
    – Macbook Pro 15
    – 27 Monitor
    – Keyboards with number pad
    – Mouse
    – Small Wacom draw board
    – A Headset
    – 2 X-BOX ONE controllers
    – 2 speakers
    – notebooks and pen.
    The desk is only 1.2 meter width.
    Million Thanks if you can provide some suggestion.

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