A friend with a hot running laptop was just over. I thought, he needs a laptop stand. I also thought I could use some better ergonomics as well. There are a lot of folks that offer counsel on proper working environments. Such as Ergonomics.org
I wondered what I could throw together around the house. I have a few bins I could turn up side down, but I want it to look sleek as well. There are lots laptop stands out there. One I was impressed with is the iLap 14" Laptop Cooler and Stand available at MAC Pro Online. It will run you about 50 bucks though. Seems steep for a little bit of bent metal.
With a little more research I found a great DIY project on PopSci.
This stand has a great angle and is well ventilated and to my surprise is made out of a metal document holder you can find easily at an office supply store, with a few alterations you can have this awesome laptop stand.
If that ain't cheap enough for you, here are a few cheapskate versions I found at Closet Entrepreneur.
If you have more ideas or links for Laptop stands, please share.