10 Interior Design Tools that made my life so much easier!
Updated: Feb 2
Hey Designers! So, last week I have been really busy taking on new projects and clients, and as I was in the middle of it all, I realized I have some tools that REALLY make my life so much easier, and I wanted to share some of these tools with you as they help save time and money!*
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Let's dive right in:
1- A Laser Measuring Tape:
You know, currently, I am a team of one, although I do have a draftsman for some projects (and my wonderful husband that supports me quite a lot), sometimes I find myself in a site visit all by myself, in big rooms, without an existing AutoCAD file, so I would need to measure that room. Do you know who has always been by my side in this situation? A handy laser measuring tape! It makes it less of an awkward situation to measure and bend over in front of clients *eeeek* Get yourself one of those babies, here is an excellent choice for a 2-in-1 measuring tape (so you can measure areas that are too small to be measured with a laser)
2- A sketchbook that has squared/ grid pages: It's a lot easier to record your measurements and draw a hypothetical plan on a notebook that contains a ready grid, trust me.
3- A tripod + a SELF-LEVELING LASER : To take up pictures of the room (whether you are using your camera or phone) for better angles and better before and after shots, game changer!
Also, did you know about the self-leveling laser? It gives you the ability to fix frames on the wall without going back and forth to see if everything is leveled out, very, very handy.
4- Goo Gone
I don't know how I didn't know about Goo Gone before, but it's incredibly useful, especially for final touches in a project when some accessories companies decide to slab on an ugly, sticky price tag on your pretty vase and you end up taking half of the sticker off (I am looking at you, H&M home!) Goo Gone is a lifesaver.
5- A Toolbox
I mean this is kind of an obvious one, but seriously, this thing is always in my car. You literally never know when you might need to step in on an ugly situation. Plus, it's pink!
6- Nails (picture hanging tools)
For obvious reasons!
7- A color wheel
As you are meeting the client, and they mention that they like a certain color, you can present the different options and color scheme via the color wheel, it's more helpful than you think
I happen to sell those in my shop if you are interested! :)
8- A Handheld Steamer
You are at the finishing line, everything is placed, the room is picture-perfect, but, wrinkles are everywhere! on the sofa, your throw pillows, the curtains, what do you wish you had? A steamer! This is a steamer that is both affordable and handheld, and you will thank yourself for having it with you in your projects!
9- Wall Hole Filler Because sometimes you need to move that frame 1 inch further to make sure it's centered, and it leaves a hole behind it ( I also recommend always keeping an extra sample-size paint can from the color of the room!)
10- The Interior Design Styles Lookbook
Excellent for the initial meeting with the client, I know I wrote the book, but I am still using it to this very day to understand my new clients' styles more! Plus, it's fun to read ;)
(Hardcover is coming soon!)
Do you have any tools you won't leave the house without? Let me know!