Three cool DIY computer accessories
DIY projects aren't limited to tea cozies and paracord
bracelets. If you're into saving money and making stuff, you can
whip up some cool computer accessories using little more than some
readily available household items.
1. Laptop sleeve
Carrying your laptop in a boring black case is exactly that:
boring. You can add some visual flair (and some practical padding)
by creating a custom laptop sleeve
All you'll need is some fabric, batting, and Velcro. You'll
also need to know your way around a sewing machine. The tutorial
focuses on a 13-inch laptop, but you can easily modify it for a
larger or smaller machine.
2. Laptop stand
A laptop stand can help keep your PC properly ventilated,
while at the same time raising the screen to a more comfortable
3. Wrist rest
If you spend a lot of time "mousing around" at your computer,
you should definitely use a wrist rest. Nobody likes a cold wrist,
which is the inevitable outcome during these winter months, and
proper elevation can help you avoid repetitive-stress
Instead of buying a wrist rest, however, consider making your
own. For example, you can cut an old mousepad into squares, then
stack a few of them to create a simple, comfortable place to lay
your wrist. Even easier, you can fold a soft kitchen towel or
washcloth to roughly the size of a coaster.
Alternately, fill a soft old sock with rice, tie off the end,
and use that for wrist resting. And if you're handy with a needle
and thread, you can use nearly any scrap material to sew a rice-bag wrist rest
That's my favorite option, because if you microwave the bag
for just a minute, you'll have a warm wrist rest.
Have you found any other cool PC-related DIY projects? Tell me
about them in the comments!Veteran technology writer Rick Broida
is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his
money-saving expertise to CNET and Savings.com, and also writes for PC
World and Wired.