Portable Desks?

Hi everyone,

I’m curious if anyone has tried a desk like this while living/working on the road. We want something portable so we can remove it from the van when we are staying with friends and family.


That is a brilliant idea, but most likely not particularly durable.

That is a photographers tripod, which can be cheap and flimsy, or super durable and rugged. I REALLY should have bought the beautiful heavy duty 1980s vintage one I saw at the Interfaith resale store a few years ago but I digress…

So they took the tripod, and mounted a piece of plywood on it using a 1/4" -20 thread insert into the wood.

A fairly simple and easy project sure, but I tend to rest my hands on my keyboard when not typing, which can put an awful lot of stress on the tripod.

Instead I use one of those roll top aluminum tables in my tent. The one I have is 57 or so inches long so that my wife and I can both work at the same time…

I just noticed that I am in the Vanlife campfire forum. Sorry. Hopefully this still applies…

Wouldn’t work well for me. I like a full keyboard and mouse. Not those that come built-in to my laptop. We ripped out the 5-person sofa in our fifth wheel, installed a double desk with monitor risers and keyboard trays.

I have been looking for portable desk options as well (I have a Honda Element, so even smaller than a van) and haven’t seen much that would work. I did recently find a portable monitor that I like, so I am making progress.

I’ve got something similar I use at home to hold my laptop up for my wife to read sheet music at the piano (digital). I kind of forgot about it but it is MUCH more rugged than what you linked and would be useable long term…

We use this table. Has adjustable legs for uneven ground, which really helps. It’s also big enough for an eating table for two, so it serves multiple uses, which is always important in small space. https://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Folding-Portable-Aluminum-Adjustable/dp/B098QSZMWX/ref=sr_1_3_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=aluminum+roll+top+table&qid=1625943164&sr=8-3-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyMkdYWUI2TDVKOVpMJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwODkwNTU1MkhHT0czVTJROUtLRiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNTg0OTYxMkFQUVVYN1hPVE9KMyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

There are tons of options out there. Just need to hunt around. Here’s my 2 cents worth. https://www.tailgatertiretable.com/?_kx=t32M7I_fqsaDKomx2tYOA4lFW2Oz21kXEz5Ui_oOg0E%3D.MxhNdZ