Het verhaal van de houten iPad stand.

Martijn Aslander (Product inventor, producer, marketing. So nice, we picture him twice)
Annemieke Nieborg (Shipping and customer care extraordinaire)
Simon ‘iPad Grandpa’ Blazer (Maker of the handmade iPad Stands and grandpa)
David Bakker (Producer, marketing and operations. Photographer and writer of most things Wooden iPad Stand)

The $5 iPad Stand story

The Dutch Simon Blazer is 75 years old. He’s got two right hands. But no iPad. Even so, when a friend asked him to design and build a wooden iPad Stand he was fascinated. Dutch ingenuity, combined with some good friends made this Dutch grandpa the iPad grandpa.

One day Martijn Aslander wanted to put his iPad on his desk to display it. Alas the official iPad Dock from Apple was expensive and only available in the US. He went over to Simon and asked if he could help. Sure enough, within an hour there was the first wooden iPad Stand. It worked absolutely great. The iPad fitted beautifully, it could be used in portrait and in landscape mode, and it just felt right. David Rudolf Bakker came over, took some great pictures of the first iPad Stand and posted a funny blogpost online. The three Dutch entrepreneurs promised to make the iPad Stand if they got 50 people interested. Little did they know…

Within two days the blogpost was picked up by the main technology website in the world, Wired. Shortly followed by CrunchGear and The Unofficial Apple Weblog (which is a huge thing for an Apple related product). The result was the Dutchmen had hundreds of interested people for the $5 iPad Stand. Now they had to actually go on and make hundreds of the $5 iPad Stands.

Simons woodshop became the $5 iPad Stand factory. A couple of days later a small mountain of $5 iPad Stands was ready. It did cost the gentlemen some actual blood, sweat and tears, but happy with the result none the less. Another friend, Annemieke Nieborg, helped the guys a whole lot by taking care of the shipping. In only a matter of days, something that started as a small practical solution, became a small business. Now shipping to over 20 countries worldwide and having sold hundreds, the Dutchmen are looking to grow their business even further.

And the amazing thing? There were no meetings. No contracts, no paperwork. With the help of the internet in a mere three days the ball was rolling quite well. It’s an amazing adventure for the three Dutchmen ,and just goes to show what you can do with a piece of wood and some of that fine Dutch ingenuity. It even earned Simon and iPad. And the ‘iPad grandpa’ nickname.

In the news

The $5 iPad Stands have been in the news quite a bit. See what other website wrote about the $5 iPad Stand:

Screen shot 2010-04-28 at 6.09.24 PM Wired Gadget Lab:  ”For €4 (just over $5, or the price of a cup of expensive Seattle chain-store coffee), you could have yourself this rough but functional iPad dock.”

Screen shot 2010-04-28 at 6.09.37 PM The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): “brilliantly simple iPad dock

Screen shot 2010-04-28 at 6.09.49 PM CrunchGear: “This $5 iPad dock is actually worth about $5


The original
A sturdy, customisable and lightweight iPad Stand. Put your iPad in horizontally or vertical, with this stand you can.

– Lightweight
– Compact
– Strong
– All iPads fit
– Eco friendly (it’s good wood)

The Baby 
Smaller, lighter and just better. The Baby iPad stand. For iPad Mini’s and iPhones (4 and up)
– iPad Mini
– iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s
– Anti slip feet (included)
– Eco friendly (it’s good wood)


Do the Bamboo
– Varnished
– Lighter
– Stronger
– All iPads fit
– Even eco friendlier
– Fits iPhone 4 and 4s
– And the Kindle too!

The customized
– Have your own logo printed
– Available on wood (€5) and bamboo (€9)
– €120 initial setup cost
– All iPads fit

contact us to get a quote and discounts on large volumes

The Ultra Portable
– One fourth the size and half the weight of the bamboo version!
– Luxury finish
– Eko wood


If you’re one of the lucky iPad owners, you know you want to display your iPad in the best way possible. But on a budget. Enter the $5 iPad Stand (and nowadays the $9 Bamboo version!).

We’re Dutch, so it’s made out of wood. To match our wooden shoes. And bamboo is a kind of wood, sorta. Original Dutch design, made with love, especially for your beloved iPad. Fully customizable to your liking.

Would you like to buy one? You can. It’s cheap. Even the shipping costs are very reasonable.

* Excluding setup cost, depends on size of order

Wooden iPad Stand in government!

We knew that our Wooden iPad Stands are classy, but plush government classy? Well, they are :) Have a look at these classy pictures, of a classy product, in a classy place…

If they’re good enough for Dutch Government, wouldn’t they be good enough anywhere?

Hey, I can do this myself!
Well yes you can! If you’re a bit handy and have the right tools, you can certainly make one yourself. We even give you the details on how to make your own. But if you rather let us do it, we’re more than happy to take you order :)


iPad Mini or Air? Get an Wooden iPad Stand Mini!

Got an iPad Mini or iPad Air? Get an iPad Mini stand! Smaller, lighter and with anti-slip feet it holds your iPad Mini/Air perfectly. Still the same non-scratch, eco-friendly wood. Get it now!



Hoe kunnen ze het ervoor doen, hè

Ja, dan ben je best goed bezig! Je bedenkt en maakt een houten iPadstand, en voor je het weet wordt ie al gekopieerd! Whoei!

Kijk maar: deze mensen van zuilopmaat.nlmaken exact dezelfde iPadstand, identiek aan de onze qua ontwerp en afmetingen, en noemen hem de iPaddock.

En het leuke is, deze kopie is bijna twee keer zo duur! Nah! Hoe kunnen ze het ervoor doen, hè.

Iedereen mag hem kopen trouwens hoor, deze duurdere ripoff. Vinden we niet erg.
Of je maakt er gewoon ook eentje zelf! Ja!! Das hartstikke leuk en heus niet moeilijk; we hebben de bouwtekeningimmers online gezet.

Maar ik zou het niet doen.
Ik zou hem gewoon hier kopen, de Wooden iPadstand. Voor 4 euro 95.
Je moet dan wel genoegen nemen met het origineel, maar who cares.

Wooden iPad Stands at Etsy Expo Dutch Design Week!

Etsy Expo Dutch Design Week Wooden iPad StandsOur handmade Wooden iPad Stands are a beautiful product on Etsy of course. So beautiful we’re even at their Etsy Expo Dutch Design Week!

Own a piece of this Dutch Design icon and order one (or more of course):)


We got Uganda!














We sold Wooden iPad Stands to Uganda. But that is purely coincidence. We also happened to ship to Hawaii and Alaska by now. Should be great to visit all the places the Wooden iPad Stands ship to :)

Check out the map!

MacBook Air Wooden (iPad) Stand

How awesome is this? @riichard used two The Next Web Wooden iPad Stands to prop up his MacBook Air! Great stuff.

Thanks for sharing, love it!

Sideways ebook reading with the Wooden iPad Stand!

Want to read an ebook comfortably in your bed? Put it in the Wooden iPad Stand sideways! Works perfectly, even with a Kindle (or iPad 1 or iPad 2). Try it out for your self!

Thanks to Pascal Altena for emailing this picture.

Do the Bamboo at MaxMe!

Don’t they look cute together? The Original and the Do the Bamboo version side by side at MaxMe Groningen!

Our wood is good.

Our Original Wooden iPad Stands are as of now made from German beech. That’s not all. If you want to get technical about our wood, check this out: Sup.Color S2S; PEFC Mixed 70%, CU-PEFC-008566 KD. Apperantly it’s award winning, PEFC approved wood.

So our wood is good. Very good :)






Packaging dilemma

We love our product. It’s eco, it’s pretty and it just feels right. Soon it will be in stores as well. Trouble is, we need packaging. We had some great design done (partly by us, partly by the talented @gertonderweg from RCG  Groningen) and came up with something awesome.

Trouble is, it’s expensive. We sell a $5 stand, we cannot afford $1 packaging. Maybe we can get prices down and only use it for our $10 Bamboo version, but we still need packaging.

Do you have any creative low-budget packaging ideas? Cheap, eco-ok/friendly and stickerable would be the requirements…

Your suggestions are very much appreciated!

UPDATE 1: we need attractive packaging for in stores, that is the most important bit.
UPDATE 2: approx. measurements of the Wooden iPad Stands are 13 x 8 x 2.5 cm

Winnaars Bamboe iPad stand B R I G H T actie

Simpel. En briljant. Dit is de iPad stand die je moet hebben. Zet je iPad horizontaal of verticaal in de stand, neem de lichtgewicht stand overal mee naar toe en ontdek dat je niet zonder kan.

Dit originele Nederlandse product is met de hand gemaakt, van eco bamboe en bijzonder praktisch. De perfecte iPad Stand voor op het bureau of voor onderweg.

Volgens The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) “A brilliantly simple iPad Stand”


Bright mag tien bamboe iPad stands weggeven. Vul onderstaand formulier in om kans te maken op deze mooie prijs.

Deze prijs is gewonnen door:

Lucia de Meijer-Kerns uit Utrecht

Jeroen Zweers uit Doornenburg

anita wilmsen uit beerse, belgie

Ron de Jong uit Doorwerth

Marcel Mulder uit Elst gld

Bram Boersma uit Den Haag

Rina Beek uit Geertruidenberg

maddy dieleman uit hoogeveen

Sander Spierings uit Best

Jeffrey van Draanen uit Amsterdam

via Bamboe iPad stand | B R I G H T.




Will the $5 iPad Stand damage my beloved iPad?
Not very likely. We tested our own iPad in the $5 iPad Stand for days without any damage. If however, you feel the need to slam your iPad in or vigorously grind it in the wooden iPad Stand, you will most likely damage your iPad.

How strong is the $5 iPad Stand?
Quite strong actually. From our facinating disclaimer: “ Of course we tested our own wooden iPad Stand for days, chucking it in bags and taking our iPad in and out. It didn’t hurt our beloved iPad or iPad Stand one bit.

If however, you feel the need to slam your iPad in or vigorously grind it in the wooden iPad Stand, you will most likely damage your iPad. And if you throw the wooden iPad Stand on a hard enough surface, it will break. As our valued customer we know you’ve got plenty common sense not to do so, or to blame us.”

But don’t just take our word for it. We made two video’s:

and severe testing:

Can I charge my iPad whilst in the $5 iPad Stand?
Yes you certainly can. Just put the iPad in the horizontal position and done. It is a $5 iPad Stand and not a dock, since you can’t put the usb-dock connector in the iPad when it’s vertical. We don’t really want to make a dock either, it would eliminate the possibility to place the iPad in landscape/horizontal orientation in the $5 iPad Stand. And we think a lot of apps will work great when the iPad is horizontally placed in the $5 iPad Stand.

Do you offer other types of wooden $5 iPad Stands?
Wauw, you must be a mind reader! Just what we are thinking, different kinds of wood. Amazing, just stay in touch and see different wood options in the near future!

Where can you use the $5 iPad Stand?
In the Flickr group Wooden iPad Stands showacase we collect $5 iPad Stand photos made by users.

How, and why did you guys start selling wooden $5 iPad Stands?
This is our story so far. And we’re sticking to it.

What are your favorite apps?
These are our favorite apps

Hey, I can do this myself!
Well yes you can! If you’re a bit handy and have the right tools, you can certainly make one yourself. We even give you the details on how to make your own. But if you rather let us do it, we’re more than happy to take you order :)

Is there a patent on the $5 iPad Stand?
Creative commons, as long as you mention our name, it’s ok.

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