So you bought a new iMac and all is wonderful in the world. You're photoshopping, after effecting and surfing cat videos like nobody's business. But a few hours in and suddenly you feel like you're in the front row of a movie theater and you realize that the stand that apple designed is NON-ADJUSTABLE. I've come up with a simple solution that not only looks great, but brings your new iMac down to a usable height, and it will cost you less than 10 bucks.

After doing some research, I found quite a few different "suggestions" on how to approach this problem, ranging from buying and installing the expensive wall mount, to the ridiculous heating and bending of the mount or cutting the legs off of my desk. Since most of the ideas were terrible or expensive I decided to come up with my own approach, which I've dubbed the "iMac Ghost Mount". It's much simpler and only requires the following items:

  • iMac
  • Wood or composite equivalent desk with open back, no greater than 2" thick.
  • 1 - 12x21 sheet of 1/2" thick MDF or Particle board
  • 6 – wood screws (length varies based on thickness of desk)
  • 1 – cordless drill
  • 1 – 1/4" drill bit
  • 1 – saw (table saw, band saw, bone saw... they should all do the trick)


Ok let's get started.

First, download the template.

This contains the plans for the ghost mount that you can transfer onto your sheet of MDF or particle board.

Second, cut and drill.

Once you've transferred the template onto your board, use your saw of choice to cut out the pieces needed to assemble the mount. You should end up with one mount which is roughly 8x20x1/2" and six 1x1x1/2" spacers. When all of the pieces are cut out, proceed to mark and drill 1/4" holes in the mount and all six spacers.

Third, install the mount.

You'll want to install the mount centered directly below where your iMac is currently placed, with the back of it flush with the back of your desk. Grab your cordless drill and wood screws, place your spacers between the mount and the bottom of your desk and screw it up tight.

What you end up with is a small shelf hanging underneath the desk. This is what the iMac is actually going to rest upon. Pick up your iMac and slide the mount into the shelf pushing it all the way in until the mount comes in contact with the back of the desk. The goal is to get the bottom of the iMac to float about 1/4" to 3/8" above the top of your desk to allow adequate cooling, but much lower than it was previously. You may need to adjust the height of your spacers based on the thickness of the desk.

Now it's time to pick up your tools, move the desk back into its original position and resume watching those cat videos.

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