PadGadget’s DIY Project Spotlight: Airplane Headrest Mount

iPad airplane headrest

Do-it-yourself-projects are a great way to relax when feeling stressed out, reuse old but working items, and make something that might have cost a lot of money otherwise, and in some cases, may never have existed before. Last week, we told you about a clever iPhone-to-iPad connector that allows you to mount your iPhone on top of your iPad.

This week, we have an interesting project for frequent fliers. If you like to watch movies on airplanes with your iPad, but hate having to keep your tablet in your lap, this creative DIY-er has figured out a fix that will let you mount the device to the back of the seat in front of you using nothing more than some Velcro and a cheap back cover.

Oren Lederman recently discovered that most airlines have seats with a small patch of Velcro stitched to the headrest. The fastener is there to keep the removable headrest cover in place. To be honest, I’ve never seen a cover on the headrest before, but I have to admit that I’ve never really looked.

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The side that is already attached to the seat itself is the hook side of the fastener. For clarification, one side of Velcro has hooks and the other side has loops. The technology allows one to fasten to the other without use of adhesive.

To make your headrest mount, you’ll need about three to four feet of Velcro (hooks and loops) with a sticky backing. You will also need scissors and an inexpensive iPad back cover. You can find them really cheap on Amazon.

The first thing you will need to do is make a mount that will attach to the seat back. Lederman’s instructions say to adhere an 8-inch strip of hooks to the backside of an 8-inch strip of loops. The loop side will stick to the seat and the hook side will allow you to place the headrest cover back on the seat without anyone knowing what you’ve done.

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Next, you’ll make the section of the Velcro strip that will stick to the tablet. Make a “U” by fastening one 10-inch (or longer) hook strip to the mount on each side. If you leave a little room on the side of the mount, it will create a stronger grip. When it is finished, the mount will fasten to the seat, and you will have two long strips that dangle over the back of the headrest.

Then, you will want to stick the loop sides of the Velcro to your iPad back cover so that you can stick the tablet to the mount when you are on the plane. Line up the strips so that you have the strongest grip possible.

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Then, when on the plane, slap the mount to the headrest when no one is looking and stick your iPad to the Velcro for in-flight movie entertainment without paying for it.

Lederman suggests adding some kind of kickstand to push the tablet away from the seat. However, I’m not sure why that is necessary. It seems your iPad would already lean properly as long as you’ve placed the Velcro properly. However, I didn’t try this one at home, so I have no idea.

Thanks to Oren Lederman for coming up with such a unique project for those of us who like to fly, but don’t want it to be a pain in the neck.

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