DIY Headphone Case
The safest place for headphones is on your head. Anywhere else and they are susceptible to damage, therefore if you are on the move – a DJ, a recording engineer, a student going off to university, or just someone going away for a few days – it’s worth investing in a hard case. But trying to find a purpose-made hard case for your headphones on the high street might prove problematic, if not impossible.
I started to think about this problem some years ago after buying a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The soft pouch they came with offered little or no protection. I needed something strong, light, and compact, to help my headphones survive the rigours of international flight. I didn’t want to spend hours crafting a case out of wood, metal, or plastic, so I turned my attention to something found in abundance in many shops: plastic tubs.
Plastic tubs, or food containers, really do come in all shapes and sizes, and somewhere, in some shop (not necessarily the first shop you go to), there will be a plastic tub of near perfect size, capable of offering a good level of protection for your headphones at very little cost.
To finish the ‘case’ off the base can be lined with foam, which can easily be cut to size with scissors, although a Stanley knife, ruler, and cutting board, will make a neater job. Foam could also be attached to the underside of the lid with double-sided tape, although I didn’t deem this necessary with my case.
This cheap, simple, and effective project is well worth the investment in time and effort. It may not be cool and trendy, but it certainly offers a high degree of protection to your heaphones when you're on the move.
See the related article Making a Headphone Holder.