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Why You Need a Laser Level


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A few years ago I hired a TaskRabbit handyman to hang some things for me with a laser level (before I even knew how to use a drill) and I was intrigued. What kind of nifty tool was that? How much did it cost? Did I need one right away?

Since I didn’t even know how to use a drill at the time, I concluded that I didn’t need fancy laser levels (yes, he had a lot).

Then I wrote an article about painting accent walls in older homes and recommending a laser level came up to make sure you know your paint job is level even if your ceiling (or floor!) Isn’t level. And a few months ago I interviewed some amazing home improvement about their favorite 2020 purchase, and Tina (@tinadoodles) said a laser level was her favorite purchase of the year.

It was a combination of all of these things: my initial fascination with a shot of a home improvement I love to follow and my dream of color coding an accent wall in my older apartment that led me to buy that $ 14 laser .

I ended up on this particular laser plane because it was affordable and I didn’t need any other ladders or tripods to set it up for use. I was also impressed because a lot of the reviewers said they would use it for handwriting and craft projects. I felt if it didn’t work out with my ribbon image, at least I could use it to draw straight lines in calligraphy.

However, Plan B is not required as Plan A works amazingly well! It is safe to say that I am in love with the laser plane. It has some flaws, mind you, the main cause that I documented on this TikTok, but now that I know I enjoy working with a laser level, I will probably invest in a better quality one like this one.

My little cheap one was enough, however, as I have already used it for several projects around the house. Here’s why I love it and why I think it was worth the (small) investment.

This made my accent wall dreams come true.

First and foremost, my ribbon painting job would have been almost impossible without the laser level. But with my laser level frogtape and a little patience I was able to successfully create a straight line around all four walls (and crevices) of my entire living room so that I could paint the bottom of the line light pink and leave the top off cream.

I just pinned my laser plane (yes, this model uses a push pen which is a bit negative, but it still worked) then I placed the tape right on top of the laser plane line so I could paint safely up to the Duct tape.

There is no better feeling than peeling off the painter’s tape and watching a perfectly colored line come through.

It helped me hang my curtain rod with confidence.

Have you ever tried hanging a long curtain rod yourself? It’s not much fun – I recommend it as a DIY date night or with a buddy. However, I had to conquer this project on my own and it turned out to be a lot less painless thanks to my laser level. I could safely drill the curtain brackets in a straight line without asking, “Does that look straight?” a million times to anyone.

It’s a gallery wall savior.

Although I didn’t line up my gallery wall along a straight line, it helped to keep a reference line for the center of the wall so I could place my pictures of it however I wanted. It also works vertically. So if you’d rather create the center of your wall this way, it will work too.

It even works diagonally.

While this one doesn’t give you a diagonal degree, it does give you a straight laser line that you can manipulate however you want. This also enabled me to hang three coat hooks in a diagonal line in my entrance area.

As I mentioned earlier, this particular level of laser is not perfect, but even in its imperfections (I have to push it into the wall and check again to make sure it stays straight on this pin) it does so much more to my solo home projects done efficiently, and it has increased my DIY confidence tenfold. Even if you’re a DIY newbie, it’s worth adding to your arsenal.

Erin Johnson


Erin Johnson is a writer who covers everything to do with home, equipment, and design. She loves Dolly Parton, comedy, and being outside (in that order). Originally from Tennessee, she currently resides in Brooklyn with her 11-year-old dog named Pup.


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