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If you’ve bought the best computer mouse, you’ll need to invest in a good mousepad to go along with it. Because using a quality gaming mouse on a course or dirty surface is the equivalent of taking a Ferrari offroading. However, sometimes budgets are tight, or you may not trust the available mousepads. In that case, keep reading, and we’ll show you how to make a gaming mousepad below.
If you want to learn more about how mouse features can help with gaming, check out our article explaining what an infinite scroll mouse is.
Soft mouse pads are less likely to wear out your mouse’s feet.
First, what is a gaming mousepad? In short, it’s a mousepad with specific features to enhance gameplay. The result is a pad with a smoother, larger surface that increases a user’s motion range and speed. There are typically two types of gaming mouse pads, soft and hard. Below we’ll explain how you can make either type right in your own backyard.
Once you’ve finished, you can check out our article explaining how to clean a gaming mouse pad to keep it in top condition. And then, once you’re all set up, you can study how to hold a gaming mouse to optimize your speed, agility, and control accuracy.
Start with a base for your mousepad; this can be thick, corrugated cardboard, plastic, or hard foam. Cut it into your preferred size; remember, for gaming, mouse pads are typically larger in size.
Add some non-slip liner to the bottom of the base. Then, add a piece to each corner.
Soft Gaming Mouse Pad: Cut a self-adhesive foam pad the same size as the base and attach it. You can also use cork if you don’t want to use foam (although cork is less effective for gaming). If you want, add another layer of cloth on top of this foam to further texturize or design the surface.
_Hard Gaming Mouse Pad: _Find a high-quality piece of plastic, Teflon, or aluminum and cut it to the base size. You may need to take aluminum to a hardware store or purchase a special pair of metal cutting scissors.
Once cut out, glue the top to the base and let it sit for two days until dry.
If making a hard plastic or metal mousepad, smooth the edges with a file. Otherwise, the sharp edges might cut your hand.
STAT: The mouse pad debuted alongside the first mouse in 1968. (source)