Masking tape is a very familiar product, that most of you will have likely used in your lifetime! Found in toolboxes, office desks, and craft drawers, this staple item can be used for numerous projects beyond its usual role in painting and decorating. Here at BS Fixings, we continuously celebrate the innovation of everyday materials, and masking tape is no exception! In this blog post, we are going to delve into 5 creative ways to use masking tape, so let’s get into it…

1. Creating Artistic Wall Designs

colourful geometric painted wall

One of the easiest ways to spruce up a plain wall is by using masking tape to create geometric patterns or even a mural. The tape acts as a guideline for your artwork, ensuring neatness and precision. To start, make sure the wall is clean and dry, then apply the tape to form your desired pattern. Afterwards, paint over the taped area, wait for the paint to dry and gently remove the tape to reveal a professional-looking design. This DIY project not only breathes new life into your home décor but is also a fun activity for the whole family.

2. Labelling and Organising

jars labelled with masking tape

Masking tape makes an excellent, temporary label. From jars in the pantry to boxes in the storage room, write on the tape using a marker to clearly identify contents. This technique is especially useful during moving or spring cleaning sessions. The labels are easy to remove, leaving no sticky residue behind, making reusing containers or boxes a breeze.

3. Protecting Surfaces

decorating supplies

When drilling or hammering into walls, tiny fragments can cause unwanted scratches or marks on your surfaces. A strip of masking tape applied to the area before starting work can catch these fragments, ensuring the surrounding areas stay pristine. Also, placing masking tape around the rim of your paint tin will help to catch drips and prevent a mess, saving clean-up time.

4. Drilling with Ease


As a company that specialises in fixing and fastening products, we had to include a masking tape hack that can make your DIY projects easier! Masking tape is an incredibly useful product for drilling, especially when you are unsure of how far to drill. To help you reach the required depth of your hole, simply measure the length of your drill bit and stick a piece of masking tape at the point at which you want to stop drilling. Now you can create an accurate and precise hole!

5. Removing Dust and Grime from Tricky Areas


Although a feather duster and vacuum cleaner can effectively clean away dust and grime, it can be rather difficult to remove them from tiny gaps and corners. For example, dust trapped between keyboard keys and your car dashboard can be tricky to reach – this is where masking tape comes in! Simply fold the tape to fit the shape you want it to fill, and gently press the dusty area. The tackiness of the masking tape will remove dust and grime without leaving a mark on your surface.

The diverse uses of masking tape truly exemplify its versatility and the creative possibilities it presents. Its affordability, accessibility, and ease of use make it an essential item in every home. Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast, a professional contractor, or someone who simply loves to keep things organised, masking tape can prove to be an unexpectedly useful tool.

Explore our wide range of home and garden products today, including our extensive selection of masking tapes. For those specifically looking for painter's tape, we also stock a huge selection of Frogtape for decorating tasks. If you require any more information, please feel free to contact us on 03330 117818 and a member of our team will be happy to help!