Curious to know what tile samples look like for a kitchen back splash, two fireplaces, and 3 bathrooms? Well, it’s enough to require a dolly like this:
You can’t see the 15 or so pieces that are under the cream board. And all of these are ones that have been tentatively selected for final selections. You should have seen the first and second piles.
In any case, I needed the dolly to transport these from the tile showroom to the car, probably for the first time in my life. In total, there were 24 pieces that had to be lifted into the car and placed back to back (so a rough back piece doesn’t scratch the face), or set by itself with the back on the floor. (Casual rule of thumb – always protect the surface that shows. Cabinet doors placed on top of each other can be damaged by handle screws, wood flooring placed face-to-face could get pieces of dirt or sand between them. A nice jostling home could cause quite a few scratches.)
No one ever talks about the weight load when selecting materials. Between carting tiles, wood flooring, door samples, stone samples and glass, I’m getting protective of my fingers (so much for the manicure), back, and joints. Samples used to be just that — small pieces that one could take away. I used to have them in one compact bag. Then everyone wanted to see larger samples…and now we need dollies. But that doesn’t get the samples from the car to the house, and doesn’t take into account how you can throw your neck out if you swing a sample bag onto your shoulder. I’ve given in and started to search for a sample cart, one with wheels. When I was younger, it was easier. That I have to admit it sucks.
(Before my contractor friends mock me, remember I’m lifting 1-30 pounds of samples in and out, up and down stairs in heels. Let’s see you try that, hah!)
Anyway, the entire point of this post (if there is one) is to take care of yourself and the samples. Samples can always be replaced, but backs cost more. Design pros, if you have a solution, I’d love to hear it.