When I was looking into one, the owners at both needlework shops here said that the lap ones didn't get great reviews. Both owners recommended a table version or the floor stand version.
My hubby made a 'lap style' one for me.
Here's a few photos:
I sit cross-legged anywhere around the house to use it. I can sit sideways on that stick protruding out or I can put one leg on it while sitting on a chair as well. I can also sit it on a table.
It's a custom job, I know, but I just wanted you to know that the store folks had said that in their experience of selling those lap ones, they didn't get a great review and people were disappointed. Neither store now stocks them regularly. They do carry the table models.Personally, I don't know if I could part with the price manufacturers want for a floor model. I just don't work in an area that the little legs could get close enough to me...
alicia in Hawaii