1st: Measurements of whatever window that the SunBlocker will be used in.
2nd: 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick slice of Styrofoam Board Insulation
3rd: Material and means to attach cover to Board
4th: (Optional) Area of Rolled CorkBoard that fits one side of board
5th: (Optional) Stencil Cutouts and Means of using them
As a gamer there is nothing worse than trying to immerseyourself into a virtual landscape yet being unable to because of that huge explosion that's for ever been circlingus at millions of miles an hour, just so happens to be causing you screen glare. So in order to combat this problem, I have devised an easy solution that is not only easy to make, but is also inexpensive and will save you money in the long run, first by keeping your abode warm and cosy in the winter by trapping heat, and cool and brisk in the summer by repelling it, much like the insulation that its composed of is supposed to do. It can also be easily customized because all it really is is nothing more than a blank canvas yearning for you to cover it in your artistic juices
The next few steps will show you how to construct a SunBlocker, invented by yours truly and guaranteed to eliminate the frustration caused by sun glare, and just to make your gaming that much more enjoyable
Lets begin shall we
Step 1: Obtaining Measurements
I would also suggest drawing a simplesketch and labeling the sides with the right measures.
» Tape Measure
» Pen and Pad
» Dimensions of Window Frame
Step 2: The Basics
Fitting the Styrofoam sheet to size can be quite finicky so use some caution, I used an Exacto Knife cutting along the side of a straight edge to obtain nice precise cuts.
» Styrofoam Board Insulation ($8.00-$19.99)
» Tape Measure
» Metal Ruler and/or Cutting Edge
» Pen ( For Marking Where To Cut )
Step 3: Wrapping the Package
For mine I used some old bedsheets that I had that not only looked decent but also cover both sides as well.
How to attach the sheet to the board is a fairly simple process though I would recommend not using glue, spray or otherwise at least on the side that the sun shines on, because when the sun connects with the board the glue will melt and stink up the place. I would rather recommend using staples, at least for the edges and the side that no one is going to see.
You can see the attached images if you like to see an easy diagram of how to cut the fabric so it attaches fairly easy to the board. Atrick that I would highly suggest is that you want the fabric on the back side to stick out on one of the corners so it makes it easier to remove once its set in the window, this too is also shown in the attach files.
» Old Bedsheets, Construction Paper, Spray Paint, Shag.
» Staples, Glue, Needle and Thread, Ingenuity
Step 4: Upgrades
First if you'd like you could add a cork board on the side that will be facing you, underneath the fabric so you not only have a way to keep glare out, temperature constant, and nosy neighbors frustrated, but you also have a fully functioning cork board for all of your pin up desires. This works better than just the foam insulation but the foam insulation does still work just not as well.
Secondly you have a canvas that just begs to be covered in your inspiration
» Styrofoam holds pins and tacks just fine but CorkBoard holds them better.