You’ve got grand visons for your new home. When you were handed the keys to this empty house, this blank canvas, you imagined arabesque patterns lining the walls, muslin sheets draped over every doorway, wide windows that let the sun simmer through. A paradise, then. But here’s the problem with paradises – they don’t really exist.

It’s like the word “utopia”. Taken from its route phrasing, it actually means “nowhere”. These are places we dream of that either never quite meet our expectations or couldn’t ever exist in the first place.


But the problem here isn’t that your designs are an impossibility. It’s that you don’t have the knowhow to do anything about them.

You’ve picked up a hammer and hurt your thumb, accidentally sawed through your settee and created misshapen triangles for your walls instead of arabesque patterns.

Yup, you sound pretty useless right now. But here are a few tools that’ll make you less of a failure. Purchase these toolbox must-haves and you’ll be less likely to fail quite so miserably.

Upholstery glue

The interior design process isn’t just about wood and concrete and all those solid building blocks you’ve been lugging around your house. It’s about soft furnishings, cushions, settees, that sort of thing.

And if you want to make a sofa as unique as the rest of your house, you’ll have to personalise it.

Enter upholstery glue, an adhesive designed especially for use with soft fabrics and settees. You might not realise it right now, but this solvent substance will prove invaluable for your design travails.


Have you ever tried using a screwdriver to force a screw into a wall? It’s an absolutely miserable experience, the kind of torture usually reserved for prisoners. That’s why some engineering pioneers invented the electric drill, a versatile piece of kit which can be used to create holes, fit nails and plenty more.

What’s more, electric drills are simple to use. So you’ll be unlikely to injure yourself while you’re using your latest piece of electrical kit.

An actual toolbox

We’ve been discussing a metaphorical toolbox for this entire article. After all, a drill and a canister of adhesive are unlikely to fit in anything smaller than a chest. So our final piece of advice is to purchase an actual, factual toolbox.

But not just any old hunk of hollowed-out plastic. Purchase a toolbox that’s already teeming with tools and you’ll have an excellent head start in your DIY.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to toolbox tips. If you’ve got any more, just let us know in the comments below.


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