I spend most of my days working at a desk on a laptop. I’m sure many of you can relate. My current desk is made out of a door and kitchen cabinets. The adventure was a whole story in of itself. I love it, but when I’m working for a long time my wrist and forearm start to hurt, due to the pressure on the edge of the door. So I decided to make something to cushion the area and came up with a wrist comfort cuff.
DIY Wrist Comfort Cuff
I’ve had this problem for a while, but it wasn’t until my BBF told me about an item from her chiropractor, that was used to help her tendonitis, that truly inspired me.
My friend described something like the sore muscle corn bags I’ve made, but in this case it was used to rest your arm. My problem was more in the wrist and beginning of the forearm area, so I though it would be nice to have something that wrapped around the edge of the desk with padding for comfort. Here’s what I came up with:
Hardware Cloth – I used 1/4 in 23 gauge
Quilting batting – an old towel or sock would probably work too
Sewing machine – I’m sure you could find a no-sew way with glue, tape or stitch witchery.
Cut your hardware cloth to size. I chose 4 inches wide by 10 inches long, but you can adjust this to suit your needs. I did think the area covering the top of the desk should match the bottom and allow additional space to cover the edge.
The first issue I noticed were the sharp edges of the hardware cloth.
So I used duct tape to soften them.
Next came the batting. I wrapped the metal twice with the batting. Depending on how thick your batting is you made need more or less. Test it out on the desk to get a feel for how comfortable it will feel when complete.
Then I used more duct tape to close the batting and finish the edges.
Next, cover it with a pretty fabric. I used some pretty cotton scrap fabrics that I have on hand. I traced around the cuff and cut out enough fabric to make a sleeve and left one short side open. Then after I inserted the cuff, hand-stitched the area closed.
If you don’t sew you can try fabric glue or stitch witchery to make the sleeve for the cuff. Other ideas would be to use a sock or an actual sleeve from a garment and hand stitch the ends. Or maybe you crochet or knit? That would be a great way to cover the cuff.
Now you can bend the cuff over the edge of the desk and rest your arm while you work. This cuff goes on easily and comes off just as easy, making it very portable. The sturdiness of this hardware cloth helps keep it shape, while adapting to different size desk edges.
I’m super happy with this wrist comfort cuff, and am thinking of making more for my family and friends. For now I’m using the green one, and the pretty blue and yellow floral is going to my friend, who inspired this project.