Drawing or writing with iPad Pro at a desk or table? Check out these stands for a stellar working experience.
I love the portability of an iPad Pro, especially when I’m sketching. There’s something to be said for just picking up your tablet and doing pro-level graphics work anywhere — be that a park, couch, boat, car, or airline seat.
But as much as I love perching in weird configurations while drawing or lettering, sometimes it’s better to get work done at a desk — and if you’re drawing on a steady surface, you’re going to want a great stand to support your iPad Pro and keep you from hunching over its screen.
These are some of my all-time favorite iPad Pro stands for drawing and writing work at a desk — take a gander and see if any of them fit your fancy.
If you want to use your iPad on a table, couch, or bedside, you’re going to need a good stand — and Yohann’s beautiful wood and fiberglass options are both desk art in their own right and incredibly versatile stands.
The Swiss-based design firm has created U-shaped stands for all iPad models, but its top-tier features it saves for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro — offering a magnetic rest for the iPad at the bottom of the stand, and a proper storage hole inside the frame when you’re not using the Pencil at all.
I’ve used my Yohann stand at my desk, kitchen table, and on the couch — it’s incredibly lightweight, but sturdy enough I’m not afraid to break it while moving from place to place.
Elevation Lab DraftTable
If you aspire to use your iPad Pro as a Cintiq with your Mac — or as a standalone drawing tablet — the DraftTable is an almost-perfect option. The black polymer-and-steel stand may not be as overtly stylish as some of the others on this list, but it makes up for it with rock-solid functionality. It reminds me in many ways of a high-class music stand, with multiple viewing angles and a wide silicone base for any size iPad you might happen to own.
What’s even better: The stand comes with a perfectly-sized arm rest and silicone Pencil stand, to keep your desk tidy and comfortable. It’s one of the best options I’ve ever used for professional drawing at a desk, and a few months in I’m still just as impressed as I was at the start.
This poplar plywood stand came to prominence after being featured as illustrator Robert Generette III’s drawing stand of choice, and I’m glad it did: The transformable wooden stand is minimalist, like the Yohann, but provides multiple angles and display options for iPad Pro users.
Best of all, it collapses into its component parts for easy storage and travel, so you can build a solid iPad Pro workspace whether your desk is in your office or on a plane.
Canopy by Studio Neat
The Canopy from Studio Neat is a different beast than the other stands we’ve recommended above in that it isn’t primarily a stand at all — designed as a keyboard carrying case, the Canopy unfurls to provide a flexible canvas stand for writing on your iPad Pro with a Bluetooth keyboard).
The Canopy features microsuction pads for holding an Apple Magic Keyboard (or other Bluetooth keyboard of choice) in place. You simply unsnap, unfurl, resnap and drop in your iPad Pro, and you’ve got a mobile desktop that’ll easily turn heads.
iKross tablet mount stand
Simple, compact, and reliable, the iKross tablet mount stand is a great iPad Pro accessory to keep in mind if you’re someone who truly loves your iPad.
Built to fit the 12.9 inch iPad Pro and designed to be effortlessly set up and angled on almost any surface, the iKross tablet mount stand comes with a durable, brushed aluminum base so you don’t have to worry about your iPad tipping over at work or in the kitchen – or wherever you use it!
The 360-degree adjustable holder makes it ideal to mount in different places, and with the supplied cabinet/wall mounting plates that come with the iKross tablet mount stand, you can use your iPad with this new accessory almost anywhere you can imagine.
This highly-rated, well-built, super sleek iPad Pro stand (over 1,000 4.5 star reviews online!) can be yours for around $28.
iPad Pro stand from TechMatte
If you’re someone who likes to add a little bit of style to your iPad Pro accessories and wants a compact, well-designed stand, then the iPad Pro stand from TechMatte might be for you!
With hundreds of positive reviews online and with such an affordable price (around $14!) the iPad Pro stand from TechMatte is designed with a one-touch button and 270-degrees of rotation that allows for endless, fast adjustments as you’re drawing on your iPad Pro, writing out an email, etc.
The iPad Pro stand from TechMatte is built with a non-slip, durable, firm grip liners that stop your iPad from sliding around when it’s in the stand, while it’s sturdy aluminum structure stops it from toppling over accidentally.
You can pick up the iPad Pro stand from TechMatte in a beautiful rose gold finish or a standard silver.
Your favorite stands?
What iPad Pro stands should I take a peek at, iMore? What ones do you love? Let me know in the comments.
Updated October, 2017: All of the options on this list are still the best of the best!