Magnets are best known for keeping kid's drawings and recipes up on our refrigerators. But beyond being fastened to your fridge, they've got quite a lot of unusual uses. Let's take a look at 10 clever ways you can use magnets around your home.
1. Magnetic wall.
Turn any wall into a giant magnet with magnetic paint
, which can be applied to lots of surface materials, including drywall, plaster, wood, and metal. Then hang posters, clippings from magazines, artwork, photos -- just about anything really -- using smaller magnets. This is a great alternative for people who cringe whenever they need make a new hole in the wall.
2. Monogram place settings. Real Simple
cleverly creates personalized place settings
using those alphabet magnets from the fridge. It sticks to flatware
made of nickel-free stainless steel (labeled 18/0).
3. Magnetic spice rack.
Place magnets on the bottom of your spices and attach them to a sheet of steel next to your oven or a stainless steel backsplash.
4. Under-cabinet storage.
Move things off your countertop by placing a magnetic strip underneath your cabinets. Then suspend jars with metal lids, or other metal items. (Also, take note of the wall-mounted magnetic knife strip in photo at left.)
5. Screw saver.
Take a magnet or magnetic paint and apply to a small piece of plywood. When you're putting together that tricky assembly-required furniture, place your screws, nuts and bolts on the magnetic surface to be sure you don't lose any. If you drop some nails on the floor, you can also use a magnet to pick them up with ease.
6. Stubborn battery remover.
Have you ever tried to pry a tiny battery out with no luck? Try using a magnet to grab a hold of it, and you'll never have to use your fingernails again.
7. Medicine cabinet space saver.
Have you ever opened your medicine cabinet
and had your beauty tools
spill out into your sink? Happens to me all the time. Place a magnetic board in the back of your medicine cabinet to hold your tweezers, scissors and other tools in place.
8. Keep snacks fresh.
After you've had a snack, add two magnets to either side of a bag of potato chips, fold them over and let the magnets keep your chips fresh longer.
9. Make a compass. This cool kids' project
provides direction on how to make a compass with a basic magnet. Hey, if a kid can DIY it, so can you.
10. Locate studs.
If you're trying to hang a picture or a shelf on the wall and need to locate a metal studs, sliding a magnet across the wall is the old-fashioned way to do it. When you feel the magnet pull, or it sticks to the wall, odds are there's a stud right there.
Fellow DIY Life writer Mrs. FIXIT offers one more idea for employing a magnet to keep your nails handy while you're using a hammer