I purchased this so I could work from my lounge chair while sitting in the living room with my husband at night. Before I had a chance to use it, he took it and used it himself. I would say that the lap desk proved to be useful for both of us. It makes the right height writing surface for me and the distance is perfect for my bifocals as well.
You can remove the padding from the base and lower the desk on your lap if you want a flatter lower lap desk.
This is the nicest, sturdiest, highest quality lap desk ever. Unfortunately mine arrived with a chip in one corner, a tiny smudge on the fabric portion, and part of the fabric that did not get caught up in the stitching when the zipper was inserted. Quality control and packaging could probably have been better. Without those issues, it would easily have been a 5-star rating and would have made a wonderful gift. Functionally, however, it really does an excellent job because it has a much sturdier base than others that I have seen and is made from really good materials. I love it!
I looked at this desk for about a year before I bought it. Wish I would have bought it the first time I saw it. I read a lot on the couch. This little desk is perfect for writing and reading. My six year old wants one too. She uses it for some of her school work!