We’re not all cut out for handiwork. Measure-It! adhesive measuring tape simplifies your home decorating and renovations by doubling as a literal measuring tape on your wall, with Imperial markings to ensure you get it right the first time around. It’s low tack and repositionable, doesn’t leave residue upon removal, and also sports 16″ center markings for indicating positioning of studs.
Pick up a roll on Amazon – $8
Stash and show off your longboard while also keeping your walls scratch-free with Zanocchi & Starke’s Wall Ride. This practical, wall-mountable rack boasts a slide-in slot for a board, three hooks to hang your pack or some outerwear, plus two shelves for stacking parts of your everyday carry. And if that wasn’t enough, it even doubles as a bottle opener.
Learn more at Zanocchi & Starke – $TBA [via]
Enjoy the silence without completely dulling your second most important sense. Hush Smart Earplugs combine sound eliminating memory foam with noise masking to quiet a nocturnal roommate, your snoring partner, or inconsiderate passengers aboard a flight while still letting your choice of important notifications from your Bluetooth-connected smartphone come through wirelessly. It can also play a variety of soothing sounds to further drown out noise, binaural beats to encourage relaxing states of mind, and can pipe through your alarm to wake you up discreetly in the morning.
Hit up Kickstarter for details – $115
Your Herman Miller Aeron is highly versatile, with adjustable armrests, seat height, lumbar support, PostureFit, tilt, and much more. All it’s been missing really is a headrest. Unfortunately, Herman Miller doesn’t produce one, but Engineered Now has your back — or your neck, rather — with the ENgage HR-04. This overbuilt headrest blends right in thanks to an Aeron-inspired design and bolts on in about one minute flat, offering highly adjustable ergonomic neck support that includes tilt, depth, and height. It’s also amongst the few options that accommodate the Aeron across upright, recline, and forward positions, finally making napping a possibility.
Grab one at Amazon – $180
Unlike most modern home security systems that monitor your home with cameras, motion sensors, and a direct line to the company selling you a pricy monthly package, Point lets you judge the situation yourself in real time. This smart house sitter connects to your WiFi boasts a wide array of sensors, monitoring sound, air (smoke, cigarette fumes, etc), temperature, and humidity. The moment something seems off — the noise of a window breaking, door being kicked in, or extreme humidity potentially related to a leak or flood — Point alerts you via push notification instantly, letting you respond appropriately.
Learn more at Kickstarter – $80+
Admittedly, we’re a little blind to our electricity usage. We typically plug things in and round down our estimated cost of running said device to “negligible” since we don’t really know better. Quirky’s Outlink aims to help educate us to our usage, at least for our non-appliance devices. Outlink features one smart outlet (the top one) and one traditional outlet to track energy consumption, turn on and off at the click of a button on Wink’s app, and set up schedules to give greater control over what’s on and when. Granted, it’s just one drop out of the sea of outlets nestled in walls around your home and requires a Wink Relay or Hub to function, but it’s a start.
Preorder at Amazon or Quirky – $50
Can’t get much work done in darkness? Brighten up your dark, dreary garage with the Big Ass Garage Light, a massive light fixture equipped with two rows of LEDs, an extruded aluminum frame, and a set of heat sink fins that dissipate the warmth outputted by the lights to greatly prolong their lifetime. The result is a 122W shop light that delivers a mind-blowing 13,000 lumens and is rated to last up to 150,000 hours, or a minimum of seven years thanks to the accompanying bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Learn more at Big Ass Lights – $380+
At first, it might seem a little odd to display ocean-derived trash on your wall, but every Drift Board’s whimsical, untold story — not to mention their captivating ocean-worn looks — makes for an interesting piece. Each driftwood plank is photographed where found (with the date noted), cleaned up, marked with the geographic coordinates of its discovery site, and equipped with powerful magnets, essentially transforming it into a mount for tools, knives, keys, or whatever else will stick. As each piece is unique, they’re individually listed at Hejmonti, accompanied by multiple pictures, a personalized description, and precise dimensions, just so you know what to expect.
Learn more at Hejmonti – $140+ [via]
The Floyd Leg is a simple, brilliant tool for creating your own table from just about any flat surface, but technically it’s never been equipped for heavy use. Until now, that is, thanks to The Floyd Utility Set. This kit includes nearly everything you need to build your own heavy duty table, including 4 powder coated industrial grade corner legs with built-in clamps, two cross-bracing straps, and four rubber feet. Just add your own flat surface to make anything from a huge desk, large kitchen table, or even a ping pong / beer pong table.
Read more at The Floyd Leg – $290
Virtually everybody could use a bit of help streamlining their workflow. Install a Wrap and enjoy the convenience of a horizontal whiteboard right across your own desk. Wrap boasts a low-tack adhesive backing for easily application yet remains removable and re-positionable at will, all without leaving any permanent damage to your underlying furniture. It also works with different markers, including non-smudgable wet erase ones, tackles the problem of air bubbles with air channels, and may finally motivate us to clean up our extensively cluttered desks.
Check it out at Kickstarter – $29+