Margot Steel Designs


Margot Steel Designs is a Scotland-based company founded in 1990 by Margot Steel. Margot became famous for inventing the Lap Tray, a tray that moulds to your figure, providing a stable surface for writing, book support, snacking, using a laptop computer etc.

Margot Steel Designs prides itself on providing excellent service along with high quality products. Lap Trays are produced in a variety of luxurious fabrics. In addition, the company produces Invitation Boards for use in home and office and Tablet Holder cushions suitable for iPads and other tablet devices, available in the same range of fabrics, allowing products to be co-ordinated with each other. All products are hand-made in South Scotland. The Margot Steel Designs workshop is situated in Johnstonebridge near Lockerbie.

Margot’s products have led to many awards including Best Gift at “Maison et Objet” in Paris and a European Woman of Achievement award. Margot has also produced custom Lap Trays that were presented to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Classic Lap Tray

The Classic Lap Tray comes with a patterned fabric base. Available fabrics include Tartans, Tweeds, Floral Designs, Patterns and Pictures. The tray top can be produced to match the fabric or in a wooden finish.

Decorated-Top Lap Tray

The Decorated-Top Lap Tray comes with a decorated top in a pattern of your choosing. Available patterns include Fine Art images, Art Nouveau patterns, Floral and Botanical pictures, Seasonal images and a variety of graphic designs. The Lap Tray base is produced in a faux-suede fabric.

The Invitation Board

The Invitation Board is designed to be hung on a wall. A flat-backed board with a padded front, the Invitation Board features tightly fastened ribbons criss-crossing the front surface. The ribbons allow items to be held in place without the need for pins or glue.

The Invitation Board is ideal at home for holding Party Invitations, Postcards, Delivery Notices and Appointment Cards as well as notes and memos. In the workplace, the Invitation Board can be used for holding Business Cards, memos, to do lists, incoming mail etc.

The Invitation Board comes in 3 sizes and is available in a variety of fabrics, including Tartans, Tweeds, Floral Designs, Patterns and Pictures.

The Tablet Holder

The Tablet Holder is a cushion designed to sit on your lap or on a table in front of you. A well filled triangular beanbag cushion, the Tablet Holder does not fall over easily and features an inset section to hold your iPad or tablet device. It can be used in bed, on the couch or at the table. It can double as a holder for catalogues and as it is refillable can also double as a small pillow when travelling.

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