In this case, I’m talking for both pros and homeowners. As you shop, you gather a bunch of samples — tile, wood, counters, metals, and hardware. If you don’t put them in an container to carry them from car to home to showrooms, they slosh around in the back seat or get lost under other materials, and end up scratched, broken or damaged.
Especially now. I’m seeing some recycled goods, like this tile below, that seem to have some truly abrasive backings:
In some cases, I have some samples that I’ll be carrying around for up to a year. This is what I’m talking about:
So here’s my trick:
Use a cloth wine bottle carrier. They usually come in a series of 6 holders like this one:
Wood samples can go into one section, handles in another, tile pieces — like Mr. Abrasive above — can fit in its own section.
Voila. Easy to carry.
If you’re planning multiple rooms, you could tag each bag by room, and only take what you need. Bonus: the samples are not only protected, they don’t bang and clank as you carry. You’re also not in danger of carrying multiple pieces along with books, tape measures, drawing pads in your arms that end up sliding around and possibly spilling. Ask me how I know.