24 Nov

Equipment Every Good Decorator Needs in Their Van

A decorating job is like a box of chocolates — you never know which one you’re gonna get. If you’re tackling multiple jobs in a day, you need to make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities. A good decorator stocks their van full of everything they might need. That includes paint supplies, protective equipment and maybe even a cheeky biscuit or twelve.

Equipment every decorator needs

In this article, find out what every good decorator needs to keep in their van.

Personal Protective Equipment

Staying protected is more important than ever. Not only can PPE protect you from dust and debris during the job, but it will also reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Dust masks are especially useful for protecting yourself from dust inhalation and should be worn during labour-intensive jobs. However, even standard masks should be worn when entering a client’s home to protect yourself and others from the virus.

Personal protective equipment you should have in your van at all times:

  • Standard mask
  • Dust mask
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Shoe covers

Painting equipment

You never know what a painting job might entail so it’s important to have all bases covered. You should keep your van stocked full of all the equipment and tools you need to complete any painting job, no matter the scale of the task. You should have:

  • Interior paint primer
  • Interior paint (either oil or emulsion)
  • Paint kettle and paint can opener
  • Radiator brush
  • Paint roller set
  • Paint brush set
  • Paint roller extension pole
  • Bucket and sponge

Step ladder

No matter how tall you may be, there’s always that one spot in every house that’s too high to reach. Keep a step ladder in your van to ensure that every inch is covered.

Tape measure

Keep a tape measure handy to take the guesswork out of measuring. A tape measure will likely be needed for every job, and obtaining accurate measurements is crucial.


It’s easily forgotten, but a pencil is the decorator’s most important tool. Keep a few handy in the van so that you can make important markings on walls, wood and wallpaper.

Spirit Level

Spirit levels are used for checking horizontal levels. They come in a variety of lengths, so you need to make sure you have one that’s sufficient for the job.

Filler knife

Perfect for filling in holes and cracks in the wall, always keep a filler knife handy (even if it’s just to cover any mistakes!).

Hitchcock & King stocks everything you need to be a top decorator. Choose what you need from our extensive range of products and we’ll deliver it to your door — fast. We pride ourselves on our quick turnarounds and even offer fast, reliable delivery. Find everything you need from London’s leading building merchant. Take a look through our website to see what we can offer. 

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