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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