DIY Keyboard Tray Ideas: 17 Cool Trays You Can Make Yourself

by craftyclub

Are you looking for a keyboard tray, but the market prices are not affordable? Or else you have very limited space in your room and need to manage the space in the most effective way?

Then, you are going to read the idealist article. Try one of these DIY ideas in your free time to upgrade your lifestyle with a minimum cost.

1. When It’s Too Expensive Diy (A Keyboard Tray)

When It’s Too Expensive, Diy (A Keyboard Tray)
When It’s Too Expensive, Diy (A Keyboard Tray) (from Yellow Brick Home)

Most of the rooms’ tables have very limited space and there is lots of stuff which we are using in our day today life. Therefore, Managing the limited space in a most effective manner is very important. This is one of the most effective and pocket friendly keyboard trays you can make yourself easily.

You just need variable height keyboard platform slides, wooden tray, and a drill to fix the platform slides to the table. Any of the planks can be made to a tray by sanding, painting, and cutting to the preferable dimensions. 

Try this yourself and click Yellow Brick Home for step-by-step instructions.

2. Dressing Table To Hidden Keyboard Tray Desk

Dressing Table To Hidden Keyboard Tray Desk
Dressing Table To Hidden Keyboard Tray Desk (from Ikea hackers)

Everyone likes to arrange their living space much smarter and where it is easy to work. If you are looking for a hidden keyboard tray desk, make it on your hand with a law budget. You will definitely enjoy this Ikea hackers hidden keyboard tray desk that upgrades your lifestyle.

If you are having kids and toddlers in your home this is one of the most protected ways for your keyboard.

3. DIY Walnut and Leather Keyboard Tray

DIY Walnut and Leather Keyboard Tray
DIY Walnut and Leather Keyboard Tray (from Instructables)

This is a very attractive and comfortable keyboard tray that can be made with banal materials. Have you ever felt the discomfort when the working table is not set with your body? It may cause long term back pains and arm pains as well.

This walnut leather keyboard tray resolves the above issue and makes your working time most comfortable and happy. Visit the Instructables for instructions and make your own walnut and leather keyboard tray that makes your life easier and smart.

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4. Keyboard/Mouse Tray

Keyboard/Mouse Tray
Keyboard/Mouse Tray (from Instructables)

Keyboard/mouse tray is also one of the most effective keyboard trays that can be made by hand with minimum cost. This is a super easy DIY project which helps you keep your mouse and the keyboard at the proper height. Make an amazing keyboard/mouse tray with this simple Instructables idea.

5. DIY Slide Out Keyboard Tray

DIY Slide Out Keyboard Tray
DIY Slide Out Keyboard Tray (from KC Sounds)

Are you looking for a smooth slide out keyboard tray for your keyboard, but it is too expensive in the market and can’t be affordable? Don’t worry this is the way you can make your own DIY slide out keyboard tray with KC Sounds.

6. Diy Midi Keyboard Tray

Diy Midi Keyboard Tray
Diy Midi Keyboard Tray (from Adil Constantine)

Are you working with Midi Keyboard and need a customized midi keyboard fix with your keyboard dimensions? Make it on your own only with a $30 budget. Adil Constantine here you can get guidelines for DIY Midi keyboard tray.

You can keep the Midi keyboard under the table and slide it out only when you need to work with it. This way increases the effectiveness of the utilizing the space and also protectiveness of the Midi keyboard.

7. Build a Keyboard Tray with Reclaimed Hardware

Build a Keyboard Tray with Reclaimed Hardware
Build a Keyboard Tray with Reclaimed Hardware (from Dan Prudlow)

Building an accurate size keyboard tray will be a small issue but at the same time cause serious damage to the overall look of the table.

In such times it is very easy if we build the keyboard tray using a reclaimed or old keyboard tray. You can refer to our video tutorial for building a keyboard tray using reclaimed hardware.

8. Live-Edge Keyboard Tray

Live-Edge Keyboard Tray
Live-Edge Keyboard Tray (from Popular Woodworking)

Live edge is one of the trending furniture styles. Now you can create yourself a live-edge keyboard tray as well which will add an additional natural beauty to your workplace. 

Do you have a piece of salvaged wood that can not be used for any other conventional wood workings? That’s it, Convert it into an awesome Live-edge keyboard with Popular Woodworking

9. DIY: IKEA Micke Desk Keyboard Drawer Conversion

DIY: IKEA Micke desk keyboard drawer conversion
DIY: IKEA Micke desk keyboard drawer conversion (from Reddit)

DIY your IKEA Micke desk into a most convenient one. Customize the main drawer to hold the mouse/keyboard with a wrist rest.

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This may help you to prevent arm pains and back pains when you are working with your computer for a long time of the day. Click Reddit for more instructions.

10. Ergonomic Keyboard Tray

Ergonomic Keyboard Tray
Ergonomic Keyboard Tray (from PC Addicts)

Work the whole day in comfort and reduce fatigue with an Ergonomic keyboard tray. You can make your own ergonomic keyboard tray which can turn up each side as you comfort with.

The cushioned palm rest will give a rest to your arm. Try this DIY keyboard with PC Addicts and definitely it may make your work bein.

11. Building a Keyboard Tray for MIDI Controller

Building a Keyboard Tray for MIDI Controller
Building a Keyboard Tray for MIDI Controller (from Music Player Network)

Are you looking for a keyboard tray for your MIDI keyboard, but it is too high priced in the market!

Create your own one at your customized height which can be slide out and work too. This may save your room at the workplace and reduce fatigue and pains. Another benefit of this is additional protection gives to your MIDI. Music Player Network, this will guide you to create your own DIY keyboard.

12. How to Make a Keyboard Tray Out of a Desk Drawer

How to Make a Keyboard Tray Out Of a Desk Drawer
How to Make a Keyboard Tray Out Of a Desk Drawer (from Techsmartest)

Most of the houses have a broken desk/desk drawer which can be useful for non at the same time not thrown away. Do you have one? This is the best way to reuse it. Convert it to a superd keyboard tray and surprise your family. 

Here we give easy instructions to make a keyboard tray out of a desk drawer click the link to find out more.

13. DIY Keyboard Tray for Ikea Besta Desk

DIY Keyboard Tray for Ikea Besta Desk
DIY Keyboard Tray for Ikea Besta Desk (from Renovate Australia)

The Ikea Besta Desk is a very well-designed desk having a separate cable tray under the back of the desk, the only issue we are facing is the lack of keyboard tray. We can buy keyboard trays in stores but they do not always fit on the desk. 

So, we are building our own tray to our desk, it’s an easy and less costly option compared to other options we have. Here is the complete guide on attach the keyboard tray to Ikea Besta Desk. 

14. Swivel Keyboard

Swivel Keyboard
Swivel Keyboard (from Instructables)

In typical desktop setup we place the monitor in the middle of the desk. It always reduces the usable space of the desk, in such time we place the monitor to the corner of the desk.

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Keeping the idea of placing the monitor to the corner of the desk, we create a better solution to that design is a Swivel Keyboard. It is very easy and a fresh look to our desktop desk. Check out the step by step guide to give the new look to your desk.

15. Ikea Micke Desk, With Keyboard Tray

Ikea Micke Desk, With Keyboard Tray
Ikea Micke Desk, With Keyboard Tray (from Ikea Hackers)

Ikea Micke Desk is the best desk for small spaces in terms of size and price. If we use that as a desktop computer table we have issues on keeping our keyboard and the viewing distance. 

As a solution for that we designed a very simplified and cost-efficient keyboard tray to the problem. You can check out the detain and guide from this link

16. DIY Studio Desk with Keyboard Tray

Diy Studio Desk With Keyboard Tray
Diy Studio Desk With Keyboard Tray (from King of Rockets)

It’s always a challenge to have the best studio desk setup because of the variety of gadgets we need to access simultaneously and the easy transition to those gadgets.

That’s not a challenge anymore, because we are building the best design for a studio desk. The main advantages of the design are it includes the space for the full PC setup, space for full keyboard and the option to close fully, lifted Speaker holder for better sound experiences and so on. Check out the design and Step by step guide on YouTube.

17. 4Ux2 Computer Desk

4Ux2 Computer Desk
4Ux2 Computer Desk (from Instructables)

Computer desk, when we listen or read computer desk our mind obviously imagine a small table containing a shallow space for a keyboard and flat table for monitor and server/CPU. But that thought will change after you check this amazing and more futuristic computer desk 4ux2.

In short, a 4Ux2 computer desk gives a better space for keyboards so we can use high end gaming keyboards without any issues, further the desk gives a unique design for better viewing angle, more space and easy ways for cable management.

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