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You + Measuring Tape = Endless Possibilities

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12.16.14

Pop Quiz: What do these things have in common?

  1. Your diploma
  2. Closet shelves
  3. Ikea furniture

(Hint: Look at the photo below.)

Answer: To hang (or build) them correctly, you’ll need a measuring tape. Yup, when it comes to decorating, redecorating or just rearranging, a measuring tape is a pretty powerful tool.

This inexpensive, tiny item brings ideas into reality when it comes to furniture placement or an art wall. Plus, it also stops you from drilling too many holes in the wall to try and straighten your hanging mirror. So basically, it’s your decorating best friend.

Here are five ways to make life simpler with a measuring tape:

1. Map Out Your Furniture Placement

Before you go into full-fledged furniture moving mode, measure the length of each wall to help visualize furniture in new spots. This way, you’ll consider options realistically without tiring out your arms.

2. Measure Spaces and Ideal Dimensions for New Furniture

Why do you think Ikea stores have a measuring tape on every wall? Because they understand how terrible it is to get home from a 12-hour Ikea run, after being herded through their maze of showrooms, only to realize your new bedside table blocks your bathroom door.

If you measure the space your furniture will go before you get to the store, you can make sure it’ll fit before you buy.

3. Center Your Wall-Art Hangers

Did you know that there’s a right (and wrong) way to hang art? We recommend hanging your art at 57” on center. This means that the center of your picture or wall art should measure 57” from your floor, and the hook will be just a few inches higher. This height is average eye level, and the go-to measurement for most art galleries. Unless you have a hidden talent for estimating inches, you’ll need a measuring tape for this.

4. Measure Empty Walls Before You Go Art Hunting

It’s a common mistake to think that a piece of art is going to fill a space, but it winds up look like a fly on the wall. (Not a good look.) Measure your empty wall spaces before you go art shopping so you can gauge of what size will work best.

5. Fill Closets and Storage Areas with Shelving and Bins

Storage changes lives. Pimp out your linen closet with extra shelves to hold infrequently-used things like sleeping bags and off-season clothes. With your measuring tape, you could also measure an ideal height for a shoe rack or small dresser to place below your hanging clothes in your closet. Endless possibilities! 

Need a Better Measuring Tape?

If your measuring tape leaves a little something to be desired (or you lost it three months ago and never replaced it), don't fret! We recommend grabbing this 25-footer from Stanley. It's sturdy, way better than a 12-footer model, and the power-lock makes life a lot easier (and protects your precious fingers).

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