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How To Store A Yardstick

By Edited May 13, 2014 5 6

Wood or Metal
Wood or metal, if you use a yardstick for sewing or crafting, or even home improvement, there times when you would like your yardstick handy but out of your way.

You can hide it in a corner but it will no doubt get knocked over accidentally. You can hide it on the back of a door hanging from a hook, but that might be too much distance from your work space at the very moment when one hand is holding something stationary and the other is hand looking for the stick.

If you work at a table or a counter with an overhang, here's the best way to keep your yardstick within reach but completely out of the way and out of sight.

Things You Will Need

1 or 2 magnetic strips (see instructions)

Step 1

If your yardstick is made from a type of metal that adheres to magnets, buy one strip. If it's any other kind of metal like stainless steel, or if it's wood, buy two magnetic strips. The ones from JoAnn's are adhesive backed, 30 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. They cost about 60 cents each and come rolled up. They are also available at home improvement stores like Lowe's and Home Depot.

Step 2

If your yardstick adheres to magnets, go to step #3.

Remove the paper backing from the adhesive side and attach one of the strips down the center of your yardstick. Position the strip just below the yardstick's printed numbers. Press firmly. Set aside.

Step 3

Mark the underside of your counter/table for placement of the second magnetic strip. You want the edge of the yardstick no closer than 1/4" to the counter/table edge. Use a pencil for marking, or line up a piece of masking tape as a guide for placement. Be sure the markings you make are straight, otherwise the yardstick may be visible once it's in place.

Step 4

Remove the backing from the second magnetic strip. Attach the strip to the underside of your counter/table following your guide. Press firmly for several seconds.

Step 5

Holding the yardstick with magnetic side up, place the stick under the counter/table edge. You hardly have to even look. It will conveniently snap into position, out of sight. Yet any time you need it, just reach out!

Tips & Warnings

* Most yardsticks are between 1" and 1 1/4" wide, so a counter/table overhang of 1 1/2" or more is ideal.
* Many of the metal yardsticks on the market are made of stainless steel which will not stick to a magnet.
* If your yardstick is very heavy or wider than suggested, you may need to affix two strips to the underside of the counter rather than one, to provide an added grip on the stick.

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Jun 14, 2010 12:24pm
Okay, this is really clever! Yes- the proverbial yardstick problem...Many thanks for sharing - and bringing a smile!
Jun 27, 2010 11:27pm
Interesting and such good tips to store this pesky yardstick. My mother often had it tucked behind a door. Each time the door was opened, the yardstick would fall. Your suggestions are so much better. Thank you for taking the time to share this.
Jun 30, 2010 8:21am
Thanks for the tips!
Jul 1, 2010 11:04am
Creative tips on storing the yardstick.
Jul 29, 2010 9:58pm
This is such a great idea for hiding a yardstick ... and then you will always know how to find it instead of digging around in the back of the closet!
Aug 25, 2010 1:35am
love these ideas for storing a yardstick, then you always know where it is and it's not going anywhere
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