The secret purpose behind the hole at the end of tape measures

A tape measure may be a simple hardware tool, but it's not that easy to use if you're not a DIY guru. Calculations can be ruined in one quick slip up and it gets tangled easily. If you don't own a durable measurer, you're often left struggling to keep the tool in place. Plus, if you have to measure something longer than arms width, chances are you'll need to call in backup.

Seriously, some of us struggle.

If you've ever used one of these handy tools, you may have noticed a slim hole in the loose hook at the end of the tape. As explained by DIY guru Leah from See Jane Drill, the hole is to be used to secure the tape measure in place as you work. A simple nail does the job and lets you work with less room for error.


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Watch the video below to see Leah's life-changing tape measure facts:

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DIY home decor: 7 projects that are worth the (minimal) effort

​MID CENTURY DAYBED 

Okay, so I don’t have a guest bedroom, and definitely won’t anytime soon, but when I do, I think this mid century daybed is definitely the way to go. To sum it up: 1. Cover your box spring with a cute cover or sheet. 2. Attach mid century legs. 3. You’re done. There are no more steps. 

GENIUS. 

This would also be a great solution for a studio apartment, just sayin’  

Image via Sugar & Cloth

GOLD PATTERN DESK ORGANIZERS 

Desks always seem to collect knick-knacks, so whether you just need a place to house all your loose items, or you need a mechanism to store your office supplies, these little gold catch-alls are the perfect solution

(Cough. I don’t actually have a desk yet, but when I DO, these are going to be high on my priority list!)  

Image via homeyohmy 

LEATHER & WOOD COAT RACK 

This DIY coat rack is something I’m pretty sure Dot & Bo would sell for like $400. Except the pieces of wood are basically broomsticks you can buy at the hardware store, with a bit of leather wrapping. I mean, really? Please be easier. DIY home decor at it’s finest, guys. I’m determined to find a place for this to go in my apartment. 

Image via A Pair and a Spare

EASY CRATE STORAGE

I’m not even sure this can be considered a DIY seeing as it doesn’t require any steps, but isn’t that the best kind anyway!? 

I love the idea of using wooden crates as shelves on a desk. You could also hang them on the wall! I’m secretly thinking of doing this in our bathroom, but I haven’t shared this with Neal yet. (Shhhh.) 

Image via A Pair and a Spare 

DIPPED FLATWARE 

This dipped flatware DIY is an amazing solution for that old second set of silverware you’ve got lying around. Wouldn’t it be cute for entertaining, or a BBQ? And so easy too–just dip, hang, and dry! 

Image via Lovely Indeed 

DIY NEON WORD LIGHT 

I can’t get over how easy this is, and why I had never thought of this previously! Who knew making your own neon word light would be such a snap. 

Although I’m afraid I wouldn’t know which word to use. I think “hello” is a safe bet though, don’t you think? Which word would you go with? 

Image via I Spy DIY 

DIY GOLD LEAF CLIPBOARDS 

And finally, the little beauties you saw above–gold leaf clipboards! I think this is such a fun way to hang art on your walls, and a great example of how something super simple can make a huge impact! (OR it would make a great little gift, don’t you think?) 

Image via Lovely Indeed

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