Accessories that support your devices at home are a part of your everyday work regime. Therefore, owning sturdy and durable ones is supremely important. Mousepads are designed to protect the functioning of your mouse and are a must.
If you don’t get one that goes with the decor of your home/workstation, building one from scratch or picking one out from Cherry Hill Designs are always two easy options. Pick out the best & most affordable, cool mouse pads from here. You can also modify an already existing one to your choice.
With the right material, It is very easy to style a mouse pad at home. Loose material is available at a reasonable price at the stores. If put together properly, they can really help solve your problem.
This DIY mouse pad tutorial will help you make a mouse pad of your own under 15 mins from the comfort of your home. Here is the material that you’ll require to make your mouse pad:
- A Reliable Spray Adhesive
- A Foam Board
- Scotch Gard
- A Ruler
- Craft Knife
- Mounting Strips
Start your DIY process by understanding the dimensions requirements of the mouse pad and of course, your usage of the pad. A larger than average mouse pad helps cover more area and enables movement for your hand/wrist while working.
Purchasing an extra-large mouse pad may work out to be very expensive, however, fashioning one for yourself is equally easy. Also, using sturdy material if you work long hours might be a good decision. If you are into a creative field, like Designing illustration etc it might be of huge help. Therefore, let us delve into the process:
- Measure Your WorkStation - Knowing the exact measurements of your workstation will help you procure material to fabricate your mouse pad. The prices of mousepads vary depending on their size - in lieu of making huge payments for oversized fancy mouse pads, it is convenient to custom curate one for yourself according to your needs.
- Buy a single but large sheet of foam board - the standard pricing for foam board is anything between $1-1.5, purchasing a large one enables you to decide the size later or even make two mouse pads for alternative use. Foam boards can be easily cut to any shape/size depending on your preference.
- Buy a thick Cloth to cover your mouse pad - This is the cloth that is mounted on top of the foam board. Please ensure that this cloth is heavy as it is meant for everyday external use and will collect a lot of dirt. It would be preferred if the cloth is dark, maintaining it becomes much easier.
If you intend to print on this fabric, make sure you choose a cotton cloth and not synthetic as cotton absorbs and sets colour with much more ease. Synthetic cloth on the other hand may not be able to do the same.
- Cut Your Foam Board To The Desired Size - Use a measuring device or a ruler to measure the length and width of your foam board. Place the fabric on top of the board and cut the fabric as well. Make sure the fabric is cut to .5-1 inches more than the measurements of the foam board. This is done to ensure enough extra fabric on the edges for seamless mounting of the cloth.
- Attach the Fabric To The Foam Board - Use an adhesive spray as mentioned in the materials for use. Some people prefer to use glue, however, using an adhesive spray enables neatness and cleanliness. Plus it is easy to use. Spray a thin layer on your foam board to attach the fabric. Use your hand to smoothen out the fabric on top of the board, this will remove wrinkles (if any).
- Mask off the back of your foam board with paper - This will help you to use the adhesive spray on the other side of the board. This process finishes your fabric attaching with neatness.
- Use additional adhesives or poster strips - To ensure that the fabric and board stay attached to each other you can use additional adhesives. While we’ve done a solid job, the mouse pad is a DIY at-home product and is not made by a professional or machine; a few additional adhesives ensure keeping everything in place and intact. Use command brand strips as they work well for such products.
- Finish It Off In Style - After using multiple products, sticky material and oils, having dirtied your mouse pad is a possibility. Make sure you spray your mouse pad with a thin layer of Scotch Guard to keep it clean and fresh looking.
Congratulations on finishing your mouse pad DIY at home! It is as easy a procedure to do as it is written and demonstrated. For those of you who prefer customised mouse pads at a reasonable price and cannot make them yourself at home. Check out Cherry Hill Designs and you are good to go!
Mousepads with an empty canvas for customisation can be made as cool & quirky as far as your imagination can take you. Pick out a cool mouse pad today if you don’t want to go through the trouble of fashioning one.
We take utmost care of our devices, however, everything required to take care of the devices gets neglected more often than not. Accessories for our devices tend to take a backseat when we set up our workstations, however, taking care of small details to protect your devices will preserve them and keep them going for long!
So, go ahead make your workstation an eye-catching and interesting place to hang out even during your work hours. Happy Surfing on your new mouse pad!