Regular drop cloths are hard to use on stairs – they don't want to stay put or follow the shape of the treads. 3M's new Flex & Form Staircase Runner is an interesting solution to this age-old problem. It's a canvas drop cloth with a conformable material sewn into pockets along the two longest edges. The edges can be formed by hand to follow the contours of stairs and other irregular objects so that the runner will hold its shape and remain in place while you paint. When you're done, you remove the runner, flatten the edges by hand, and fold it like any other drop cloth.
¦ Price: $23 for a 4x7 runner; $34 for a 4x15 runner. 888-364-3577. www.3m.com.