DIY Phone Stands For Home Or At The Office

by Casey Fox on January 03, 2014

Why This is Wirefly BUZZworthy

How often do you forget (or lose) your cellphone stand? I have a wonderful little ball suction cup stand for my phone, except due to it's size, and the fact that I have a toddler who found it amazing, I can never find it when I need it! Laying the phone flat can lead to distortion or a glare, and leaning it against something can work, but when I make that attempt my phone always seems to slide down. So what now? I had a large paperclip sitting on my desk, and realized I could probably morph that into something usable! I then spent a few minutes scouring my desk to see what other items I could repurpose! Thankfully there were several promising candidates!

What You Need to Know Before You Start

Below I am using:

  • 1 large paperclip
  • 1 sticky note pad (at least 3/4 full)
  • 2 large binder clips (about 2")
  • 1 expired loyalty card

Let's Get Started

Loyalty Card

Loyalty Card: I have many loyalty cards laying in my wallet that I simply do not use or need. It requires 2 small folds. Lay the card horizontally. You'll make one fold on the left, an inch and a half in, and on the right about half an inch in. 


Paper Clip: Bend a large paperclip in 2 places, one bringing the smaller inside upright at a 90° angle, then bend up a small portion of the piece laying flat, about .5". You'll have to adjust the bends based on your specific phone.

Binder Clips

Binder Clips: I've used 2 rather large binder clips, about 2" wide. A phone can lean against one clip sitting on the table, but multiple can be combined in a variety of ways to create both a horizontal and vertical stand.


Post-It: This is probably the easiest solution and should work for virtually every phone. Simply pull back a number of Post-It notes, and lay your phone against it. Depending on your phone and the Post-It size you may be able to stand it both vertically and horizontally. You can also use one Post-It as a speaker amplifier for your phone or tablet. 


This is just the tip of the iceberg! I couldn't find any rubber bands, I think that would allow for a number of additional stands. The bottom line is there are many everyday items that can be used as a cell phone stand. Get creative!