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.
- Box Cutter - For opening boxes, maybe two because one will inevitable get lost.
- Multi-purpose Laser Level - For hanging artwork and showing your tile guy that the tile is crooked.
- Furniture Moving Pads - These make it easier to move furniture around without several burly men (or women).
- Furniture Blanket - For protecting furniture in transit or throwing over the chair that came in the wrong finish.
- Monofilament Line - Use this to hide cords by tying to table legs.
- Tape Measure - Every designer's bff.
- Felt Pads - To protect the newly finished floor from the newly installed sofa.
- Goo Gone - Why do stores put impossible to get off price tags on?
- Laser Distance Measurer - Ever try to measure a 30'+ room by yourself? This is so much easier.
- Picture Hanging Kit - Because you're going to need a nail or hook for something.
- 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:
- ProjectCalc - This I use more than anything else on this page. Easily calculates measurements in yds/ft/inches.
- A change of shoes - Always keep closed-toed flats handy for a last minute job-site visit.
- 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!
- Spray cleaner - For cleaning off the mover's fingerprints from the mirror, the glass table, the tv. Bring some rags or paper towels too.
- A lighter - for lighting candles before the homeowners come home for their turnkey install.
- Tracing Paper - You never know when you'll need to convey an idea.
And want to know what CAD tools I recommend?
(This page contains Amazon affiliate links because I wanted you to know exactly what I recommend.)
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Help out: What items do you keep in your toolkit?