You can personalize some softwares with "skins", so why not the hardware (literally)?
Gluing fabric on the lid would be much easier, but not easily removable. This cover has to be hard because it is removable. Why is it removable?
- because the laptop belongs to my company, so I should not do potentially irreversible things to it (so, installing Linux is fine!), and
- I might need to remove it occasionally, e.g. for some meetings (it's what I thought in the first place. In fact I never had to, so far. Icebreaker).
Credits: inspiration from the furry laptop.
Step 1: Study Your Laptop's Body
Study your laptop very carefully.
- Imagine where the cover could get a grip on the lid.
- The lid hinges are a critical place, you may have to shape/cut the cover very carefully, in order to let the lid open/close smoothly.
- Some lids have very rounded edges and corners, making this project difficult, to impossible.
- Locate particularities. In my case, the top surface has two angles, one of which is almost unnoticeable.
Step 2: Needed Stuff
- Cutting mat
- Metal ruler
- Contact adhesive and spatula
- Plastic adhesive
- Masking tape
- Hot air gun
- I used 4mm thick, medium hard, black PVC plate that I already had
- pick a plastic color that will not show through dependant on the fabric (comment by gmjhowe)
- Square-sectioned electrical conduit, to make the sides
- Synthetic fabric with e.g. cow skin pattern
- Decorative item: e.g. swiss flag patch