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I quite enjoy doing jigsaws, and living in a flat in London with limited storage space I had a look at the best way to tidily store the half done puzzles. My mum has a jigsaw board which is great, but I wanted something more compact so I chose a Jigsaw Roll. There are quite a few different ones around but they are all pretty much the same. I chose one made by Paul Lamond Games as it was one of the cheaper options. It is basically a large piece of felt on which you do the puzzle (for some reason they all seem to be green) with a ‘telescopic tube’ which the felt is wrapped around.
The felt measures 835 x 1270mm and can be used for puzzles of up to 2000 pieces. It may be worth ironing the felt before use to avoid any creases and keep the felt nice and flat for the jigsaw. The telescopic tube means that you can change the size of the roll, so when not being used it is smaller. I have just measured mine and rolled up it measures 400mm in length and has a diameter of 140mm. I store mine under my sofa so it is totally out of the way.
When you are doing the puzzle, and decide to put it away for the day, all you need to do is place the tube at one end of the felt mat, roll it up and wrap the elastic band around the tube and fasten with the velcro– simple!
Is it any good? It does the job, but it’s not perfect. It can be quite difficult to do the puzzle on the felt. It’s difficult to move pieces around, it’s a pain having to iron it, and the pieces don’t always stay in place when you unroll it, but it is compact and easy to store.
Is it worth the £9.99 price tag? I would say no! It would be so easy to make your own, just go and buy a piece of felt and find a tube from somewhere. A cardboard roll used for posting things like posters would be ideal.
Overall, I prefer the boards, and would purchase on one of these when I have a bigger house but in the meantime I will continue to use my jigsaw roll. Only 3 stars from me.
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