With the best iPad stand, you can make your iPad into all sorts of different things. A second monitor, a TV, a lectern, a sheet music stand, a recipe holder – an iPad stand can be all this and more, and the best part is, you don't have to pay a fortune for one. Many are available for a highly reasonable price, and we've picked out the best ones for this guide.
Getting the right iPad stand does require a little research. After all, any iPad enthusiast will be aware that Apple's tablets come in radically different sizes, and a stand that can accommodate a top-of-the-line 12.9-inch iPad Pro may not be the right stand for an iPad Mini from a few generations ago. If you're still getting your head around all the different iPads on offer, our iPad generations article is a good way to get a primer on the basics.
Some stands are also made with different purposes in mind. For example, in our guide we've included a mix of desk-bound and free-standing iPad stands, as well as some options made for using in a car – not for drivers of course, but a free-standing iPad can be a great way to keep little ones entertained over a long journey. There are also some iPad stands that are well suited for turning an iPad into a second monitor for a MacBook using Apple's Sidecar functionality.
Whatever you need from an iPad stand, you should be able to find some options in this guide. We've got a range of stands at various price points, so there should be an option for users of all budgets. If you're still tablet-shopping, you may also want to check out our guide to the best iPad deals to make sure you get the best prices, and if you're planning on drawing or note-taking using your iPad, you'll need the best iPad stylus too.
The best iPad stands available now
The Twelve South HoverBar Duo is basically everything you could want from an iPad stand. It's flexible and versatile, able to hold an iPad in portrait or landscape orientations, and it can take pretty much any iPad (or iPhone) you're going to be using. You can put it high up to make a flattering angle for Zoom calls, or low down for an easy surface to make notes on. Thanks to the weighted desk stand, the HoverBar Duo will stay grounded and secure.
There are plenty of quality-of-life features that the makers at Twelve South have been sensible enough to include, such as the fact that the stand allows you to charge the iPad while using it – not all stands do! It makes for an excellent way to set up an iPad as a second monitor for your Mac, or just to hold up the iPad for easy hands-free Disney+ binging. Reasonably priced and solidly built, the Twelve South HoverBar Duo is an excellent iPad stand for just about any use case.
Like an invisible shelf, the Moft Invisible Tablet Stand is designed to slot in so unobtrusively behind the tablet it's holding up that it all but disappears from view. If you pride yourself on your minimalist desk setup and your vehement dislike for unnecessary clutter, this is a terrific iPad stand to choose.
With a back panel that can be folded and set up in six different configurations, the Moft Invisible Tablet Stand gives you plenty of latitude to play around. An iPad can be stood up in landscape or portrait orientations, though be aware that you won't be able to charge the tablet when it's standing in portrait orientation.
The premium feel of the Moft Invisible Tablet stand make it a good complement to an iPad – though one thing to note is that it's not designed to hold the biggest, heaviest iPads like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, so if you've gone down this route, you may need to consider a less chic option. C'est la vie.
Constructed from aluminium, the Satechi R1 is a classy and durable iPad stand, and in fact is also a good deal more than that. It's versatile enough that it can also function as a stand for an iPhone, and strong enough that it can also even function as a stand for a Macbook. If you've got a lot of different Apple products, as a lot of Apple aficionados tend to, this stand is a good all-in-one solution.
The Satechi R1 is available in black, silver or space grey, meaning you can match it to the finish of your iPad if so desired. It also folds down really well, making it easy to pack away and take with you if you want an iPad stand on your travels. Adjustments are a little limited, with limited height options and no rotation, so bear that in mind before making your pick.
If you don't want to stand your iPad on a table or desk and would rather have it free-standing on the floor, then the CTA Digital Gooseneck Floor Stand for iPad is a cost-effective way of making this happen. The long gooseneck is highly adjustable, meaning you can contort it to pretty much any angle you'd like, but at the same time it's made with solid steel construction, so you can be confident your iPad is firmly supported.
Wheeled versions of the CTA Digital Gooseneck Floor Stand are also available; just be aware that these will bump up the price. If you deliver a lot of video lectures or talks on Zoom, a free-standing iPad can be just the thing to make sure you don't spend all day hunched over your desk, and the CTA Digital Gooseneck Floor Stand for iPad is a cost-effective option.
The iPad is a beautiful piece of industrial design so it makes sense to pair it with a stand that looks just as striking. The Yohann iPad Stand is another very sleek iPad stand, and one that looks like a piece of sculpture rather than a strictly utilitarian object. Carved from a single block of wood (you can choose from walnut or oak, according to your taste), it can hold your iPad in several positions, both landscape and portrait. There are cut-outs for the speakers and charging cable, so you don’t lose anything in the name of beauty. There’s also a version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a built-in Apple Pencil holder.
The iPad's highly portable so no doubt many iPad users will want to use it for reading, working or watching entertainment in bed or while lounging on a sofa. The problem is that it isn't actually very easy to hold an iPad comfortably while you're lying down, and you'll often find yourself having to sit up in order to stop your arms from aching, defeating the whole point of being in bed.
The flexible Lamicall LS07 gooseneck iPad stand solves this problem, allowing you to position your iPad exactly where you need it. Clamp it to a nearby desk or table, move your iPad into position, and you’re ready to relax. The stand is sturdy enough to keep your iPad in place while you're watching, reading or browsing, but not that it won't keep it still enough to use for drawing with a stylus.
Keeping passengers entertained during a long road trip can be tricky, especially if the passengers are young children. Luckily, you can avoid a nightmare journey with this iPad Headrest Mount from iKross. It clamps onto your car headrests, with plenty of options for positioning. You can place an iPad in landscape or portrait orientation, tilt it however you like, and extend the stand so the tablet sits between the two front seats, allowing everyone in the back of the car to see. That versatility makes it a great companion for long journeys.
Some iPad cases allow you to solve two problems at the same time by doubling as stands, but few can lift your tablet like the Moft Float. Its double-hinge stand folds out from the back of the case and can raise your tablet up to 3.15 inches in landscape mode, giving it the appearance of a miniature monitor, which is great for desktop use. In portrait mode, the stand holds the iPad in a convenient position for reading. When you’re done, the stand all folds away and serves as a tough plastic shell for your tablet. This two-in-one convenience makes this one of the best iPad stands when it comes to value for money.