If you’ve ever put up a shelf, added wall paneling to a room, or done pretty much any DIY job at home the chances are you’ve used a spirit level. Most homes have one in some form or another (this includes those keyring spirit-level cracker-gifts!) but they come with varying degrees of accuracy and can cause a bit of a juggle for the solo DIYer as they often need to be held in place.

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention so it’s no surprise that some bright spark invented the laser level. So, if you have an upcoming DIY project that demands level lines here is how to use a laser level, plus everything you need to know about this invaluable tool. 

A black laser level device on black tripod

My laser level is the Huepar Self-Leveling Laser Level with Red Beam, from Amazon (opens in new tab)

(Image credit: Claire Douglas)

What is a laser level?