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DIY hack to stop keyboard from sliding off keyboard tray ( Zero cost )

May 27th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

There’s not much real estate on my desk. I share one monitor between two laptops. The setup I have going on needs two keyboards and two mouse. The keyboard  tray fits both keyboards but can easily fall out in the back. I made this quick easy hack at zero cost partly as a fun challenge and more importantly to stop this annoyance of my keyboard falling out in the back every time I switched keyboards. You could use it on a slanted tray in the front to stop the keyboard from sliding off. It may not look very pretty in the front of the tray but will do the job if you haven’t found a solution yet.




  1. Measure and cut 2 pieces of cardboard (In my case I just cut out the small side of a tiny cardboard box.)
  2. Measure the thickness of the keyboard tray.
  3. Divide the height (4″) in half and draw a line in the center and measure a rectangle with the measurements indicated on the photo in the middle of the cardboard.
  4. Divide the width (8″ into five columns) 1.5″, 2.5″, 4″, 2.5″, 1.5″.
  5. Use Xacto of utility knife to cut out the rectangle strips from #4. For a tight fit, cut out less than the thickness of the tray.
  6. Fold at the dotted line.
  7. Slide the 2 cardboards onto the back of the tray and tape for extra reinforcement.


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