Using an iPad in bed?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 3, 2009
After just being smashed in the lip (hard) by this ****ing iPad 2 after trying to prop it up with a pillow, I have to ask - is there any semi comfy/easy to use method whilst in bed?

Thanks :)


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 3, 2009
Thanks, just tried that and there's no chance it'd work unfortunately - from experience the smart cover needs a firm, flat surface - this is the absolute opposite of that!


macrumors 6502a
Jun 21, 2010
Funny, I dropped mine on my lip too. Just a little bit of blood. I fold smart cover into movie position too.


macrumors 68000
Dec 17, 2006
East Lansing, MI
i use my original iPad in bed every day. No problem sitting it on my chest, and holding it from there. I do wear glasses, so maybe I hold it a bit farther back than some. I haven't had any issues with it hitting my lip.

I also find that I can turn on my side, and use the rotation lock to view it while it sits on the bed, and I hold it with my hands.

I can't imagine selling your iPad because you can't get it to work in bed. I keep mine right next to my bed, and use it there about 90% of the time...


macrumors 6502
Aug 24, 2005
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This thread represents the sheer laziness and stupidity of the human population. We are doomed if people actually spend time not being able to hold their iPad in bed. Jesus.


macrumors 65816
Mar 17, 2009
Wash, DC Metro
I either use it on my chest with a small pillow behind it using my shirt or blanket as a means to keep it from slipping. Or I use the rotation lock and use it while on my side also propped with a pillow. I have been using my iPad nude so I have no cases that I am currently using with it.

When I used my Vaja cases, I found them to be too wobbly when reading in bed.


macrumors 68000
Sep 25, 2009
Orlando, FL


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macrumors 6502a
Jul 17, 2011
I put a pillow on my stomach and then rest the ipad on the pillow and hold it with one hand (lightly) and navigate with the other. Real simple. If you're fat then I imagine this method wouldnt work.


macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
A tray with foam or padding built in...I have two, really cheap. This allows me to use my iPad stand and it has yet to attempt to injur me at all!

I also use my MBA the same way, and that has also so far failed to incur injury... I draw the line at my MBP though....that 17" is a beast, too heavy for the legs:

Something like:

And the stands.. Whole deal is really cheap and works well


macrumors 6502a
Oct 26, 2007
Sydney, Australia.
My arthritis is really bad at the moment and I have trouble even holding a 150 grammes or so ebook reader. I have to hold the ipad with both hands, but I can't hold it for long, so it usually ends up on my lap. I do have a built in stand, but it's rarely working these days.


macrumors 68040
Nov 6, 2008
A smart cover folded into it's movie stand position works for me.
I could never get it to actually stand on the mattress as it would always fall. I use the 360º Rotating Stand (I think its Griffin). Got it from BB and Beyond for $10 :)


macrumors newbie
Jan 7, 2012
Viagra for the iPad

I have had the same challenge of getting it to stand up in bed like several posters here. The think that really bugged me was trying to use my smart cover to keep it vertical. Either it would fall over or the smart cover would fall off. I think it also depends on how sensitive your bed is to movement....i.e. bowling pins on bed while dropping the bowling ball. I use this guy. Someone needs to invent a heavy bean bag like holder that will mold to the slope of the bed and not be as sensitive to rolling over.

I seriously will throw all my apple products in the garbage and go live in the woods off wild berries before I watch myself mount something on the wall and watch stuff like above post. That actually hits a little too close to home!