Wrist rest. Wrist rest. Wrist rest. Try saying that five times fast.
Something I love: Really simple solutions to everyday problems.
For instance: My carpal tunnel has flared up. :( I needed a new keyboard wrist rest at work. Rather than spend the next 6 weeks going through the necessary channels to order one, I thought I would just make my own.
The best part was that it is made entirely of things I had on hand: a small amount of fabric and some rice. And it's pretty.
Here's how I did it:
For starters, I used a highly sophisticated measuring device to determine the length of my keyboard:
Next, I cut out my fabric pieces, mine were approximately 18" by 4".
I sewed them, right sides together, around all but one short side.
Then, I turned it right side out, and top stitched around the same three sides.
Next, fold the open end in about 3/4", press, and fill with approximately 3 cups of rice. You can use more or less depending on what level of firmness you want. We don't fool around when it comes to rice in this house. I had the giant 25 lb. bag from Costco on hand.
After it was filled, I top stitched the open end closed, and Voila! A handy-dandy keyboard wrist rest. I did the exact same thing for my mouse, and just shortened it so that it would be the appropriate mouse size.
Now, because I love you, and because it's high time I start taking this blog o' mine seriously, I have created a template for you to use in case you desire to make your own handy-dandy keyboard wrist rest. You can download it here. Enjoy!