Interior Designer's Toolkit

A big list of tools with Tips that you need for your interior design toolbag

It's always fun to get a peak inside of someone's bag, right?  I little snapshot into their life and the treasures they carry with them.  But mainly, I like looking in someone's bag because maybe, just maybe they'll have discovered some great secret I'm not yet privy too.  That miracle lip plumper?  A genius planner? An adorable key ring?  Secrets hidden in someone's bag.  

Being an interior designer means schlepping around quite a bit of stuff in your bag (and vehicle).  From a job-site meeting with a contractor to meeting a new client to installations, there are many different occasions that interior designers must be prepared for.  Below I've rounded up the best items that a well-prepared interior designer should have in her toolkit.  

The essentials for an interior designer to carry in her bag.  Everything you'll need for an installation.  
  1.  Box Cutter - For opening boxes, maybe two because one will inevitable get lost.
  2. Multi-purpose Laser Level - For hanging artwork and showing your tile guy that the tile is crooked.  
  3. Furniture Moving Pads - These make it easier to move furniture around without several burly men (or women).
  4. Furniture Blanket - For protecting furniture in transit or throwing over the chair that came in the wrong finish.  
  5. Monofilament Line - Use this to hide cords by tying to table legs.
  6. Tape Measure - Every designer's bff.
  7. Felt Pads - To protect the newly finished floor from the newly installed sofa.
  8. Goo Gone - Why do stores put impossible to get off price tags on?  
  9. Laser Distance Measurer - Ever try to measure a 30'+ room by yourself?  This is so much easier.
  10. Picture Hanging Kit - Because you're going to need a nail or hook for something.
  11. Canvas Bag - To carry it all!  Add a couple of paint decks for an excuse to get a massage.

Here are some more items to consider:

  1. ProjectCalc - This I use more than anything else on this page.  Easily calculates measurements in yds/ft/inches.  
  2. A change of shoes - Always keep closed-toed flats handy for a last minute job-site visit.  
  3. Architectural scale - For reading plans or menacingly whacking your palm.  You could also enter your name in this giveaway for a free one + some great free books!
  4. Spray cleaner - For cleaning off the mover's fingerprints from the mirror, the glass table, the tv.  Bring some rags or paper towels too.
  5. A lighter - for lighting candles before the homeowners come home for their turnkey install.
  6. Tracing Paper - You never know when you'll need to convey an idea.

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