If you have ever taken your monitor outside, you know that it is hard to see it clearly with all the light that is bouncing around. And even more so on a sunny day on a sunny location. Of course, you could always buy one of them Monitor Hoods. but it would be so nice to make one of your own. Especially when it only takes a few minutes and costs almost nothing.
In this tutorial, Roger Sacul will show us how to make a quick and simple DIY monitor hood. The one here is used on flat screens, but you can also use it for laptops, or build smaller version for camera hoods.
We use plastic here, which you can score at the local art store (ask for plastic sheet) or home depot (ask for plexi) but you can use foamboard if you want something more. hmm. quicky.
1. First we need to create a scheme. This is a quick and dirty way of doing this, so feel free to use a ruler instead ;) Download a manual for an EIZO CG241W [pdf link] which is approx. the size of a standard monitor. Open up page 33 and rotate the site to the left/right and re-size it to size of your monitors size. Prepare an A3 or 2x A4 sheets and a blunt pencil. Now carefully place the sheet on your monitor and draw the contours of the side panel. Finally cut out the drawn side panel.
2. Now transfer the side panel onto cardboard. Place the sheet on a cardboard and draw the curve of the side panel. Use a ruler to draw the straight lines. (Of course, you can use black foamboard that you have left from previous projects ;) and save a few steps, but if you want the full thing, it does not really matter what you use now.
3. Now cut out the whole thing.
4. Place the cardboard on a material which you want to use. I bought a 100x50cm piece of plastic in at a local home depot. Draw the side lines onto the plastic an cut it out really slowly and carefully using a cutter or/and a jigsaw.
5. Round off the edges with an smooth abrasive paper. Cut an L shape plastic bar to the size of the upper side of the panel and stick them together as shown above
6. Cut a little piece (approx. 2cm) of the L shape plastic bar and stick it to the side panel
8. Place 1 or 2 pieces of velcro on the L shaped bar which will be placed as seen in below pictures. Remember if you use a monitor calibrator you can’t place the velcro in the center, that’s why I used 2 of them
This is how the hood looks when completed, the numbers correspond to the steps above.
Here is how it looks like completed. A very nice and 100% pro looking hood.