“Cleanliness increases productivity”, this statement seems like a joke, but, this is true. You cannot focus on your work when there is a lot of clutter around yourself. Therefore, removing the clutter and reorganizing your tool storage is much important for more productivity. That said, the life of tools greatly depends on the place where they live. Tools such as wrench, screwdrivers, and blades bend or lose their original shape when other tools are placed over each and other. To extend your tools’ life you must learn how to properly store your tools and keep your workplace organized.
Organizing the tools is not a onetime process but an ongoing process. You must take care of your setup after organizing it; don’t let the useless things ruin your workplace rather just throw them out. With that in mind, we have come up with the 17 tool storage ideas that you must try.
The tool chests are one of the best ways to store the tools. The tool chest offers padded or fully extendable drawers so that to keep the tools from slipping. The trays and drawers offer a nice place to smaller units to live and the deeper drawers hold the massive units.
For portability some units come with the wheels so that the user can move the cabinet where needed, the lockable wheels can give the cabinet or chest more stability over the floor. Buying a unit with built-in electronics gadgets can help you get more out of it. For professional use in your garage or workplace look for a large tool chest.
The next tool storage idea is to use the tool bags. The advantage that they have gained over the tool cabinets is the extreme portability. You can get your small and medium-sized tools in your bag.
Some bags come with a shoulder strap that improves usability while the backpack design gives you a hands-free option to carry your devices with you. Further, there are two options – the bags with zipper closure and opened-mouth bags.
The opened mouth bags can give you an instant access to the instruments while with the zipper closure you don’t get more visibility but the tools get more secured and safe. In the external and large pockets, you can place the tools like – hammer, cordless drill, saws, and blades. On contrary, the small pockets are for small tools and instruments.
For those who want a solid container for their tools, the toolbox is no doubt a digestible choice. They are available in both the plastic and steel construction and in different styles.
- Some models have lockable lids.
- If you don’t want to use the entire box, just go for the toolbox with removable trays.
- In some models you can spread the tray outwards, thus, giving you a more clear view.
- The wheeled toolboxes are easier to move and get around.
Truck Tool Boxes
If you own a truck then move to a dedicated tool box made for trucks. Most of the truck tool boxes are made from the steel; consequently, they can bear the wear and tear and stay there for a long time. If you want a rust free solution then buying an Aluminum model would be a nice choice. When it comes to the lids, go for a lockable lid for more security and the lids with a seal to keep the tools moisture free.
Wall Hangers and Hooks
If your tool collection keeps on growing then you must try the wall hangers and hooks because they are quite flexible. Keep the tools that you use very frequently on the wall hangers.
Use Nails to Hang the Hand Tools
Using the nails to store your hand tools is the cheapest tool storage idea for hand tools. Take a hardboard or any wooden sheet, mount nail on it and hang on the wall. Otherwise, mount the nails directly on the wall. Using the nails is a very simple idea to implement.
Work Benches & Tool Belts
Want to increase your productivity while providing a decent place for your tools to live? The workbench is a second to none option to go for. Some workbenches provide additional facilities such as – drawers, trays, peg boards etc. The tools get a stable place to reside and you get a nice place to place your hands on and work like a professional.
There are some tools which are used very frequently. For such tools, you can use the tool belts. They are available in different designs – with the large and small pockets. You can choose the design according to your needs and tool sizes.
Use a Battery Recharge Station
The power tools need more care as compared to the hand tools. If you frequently use the power instruments then you must be well aware of the fact that they need a proper place to reside when they are being recharged. There shouldn’t be any strain on the power cable when the power tool is recharged. So, why not give a nice place to your power tools to get them recharged.
You can buy a readymade recharge station or you can make it yourself. With a recharge station, you can store the cordless drills as well. Try to provide several outlets for the chargers. You can also add some options to store the accessories of drills or any other power tool.
Get a Storage Locker
You can create a storage locker for storing your hand tools. This is an inexpensive tool organizing idea. To make this idea more economical you can use the old wood crates. Storing the hand tools and power tools in a storage locker is a nice and economical idea.
Make PVC Tools Storage
If you are low on budget then making a PVC tools storage from the material you already own would be hard to resist choice. You can use the residual PVC pipes to make a tool storage station.
Take the PVC pipes that fit the size of your devices, mount them on the wall and you are ready to go. You can spare more space on the shelves by hanging the power devices on the PVC mount. For the large units such as cordless drills, you can use the pipe with a larger diameter.
The basic advantage that DIY projects provide you over readymade storage solutions is the flexibility. You can adjust the DIY projects according to the devices you already own.
Storage Idea for Compressors
The best idea to store your compressor or its accessories is the cart with wheels because you can easily drag the compressor near to your vehicle very easily. Not only compressor you can also store the related accessories on the cart. The rolling cart is easy to park in the garage and provide mobility too.
Use a Tool Cabinet with Peg Board
You can use a tool cabinet with a peg board inside. You can easily hang the tools on the pegboard and they are easily accessible. Very often the tools damage one another but with the pegboard inside the cabinet your tools are more secure and safe.
Put a Piece of PVC Pipe on Saw Blades
Mostly we ignore the small instruments or accessories because they are cheap and easily available. But, with a little care, we can prolong the life of our tools. Take the example of saw blades; we don’t care much about the blades. With that in mind, we are listing this idea here for your convenience.
You can prolong the life of your saw blades with a short piece of PVC pipe. For that, take a section of ½ inch PVC pipe, hold it tight and cut the entire pipe from one side. Now put it over the blade.
Foam Filled Container for Rotary Bits
The rotary bits are easy to lose. To store the accessories of your rotary tools, such as the blades of rotary cutters, use the foam filled container; you would thank me later. Take any container of your desired size (can be a food container), put a piece of plastic foam in it that fits very snugly. Now dig the holes in the foam according to the size and shapes of rotary bits you own.
Magnetic Tool Holder for Bits
You can mount the magnetic tool holders in your workshop or garage. It is a quick storage solution and makes your tools easy to access. You can mount the magnetic tool holder on the table top or on the wall. Consider ordering a magnetic tool holder from Amazon.
Hang Blades in the Binder Clips
Had you ever been hit when uncoiling a bandsaw blade? You can prevent yourself from hitting by hanging the bandsaw blades in the binder clips. Hang the blades in the binder clips and put them on the pegboard. To categorize the blades with respect to their sizes you can put the labels on the clips.
Belt for Wrenches
Stuffing all of your wrenches in a bucket and then wasting your time to find the desired one is not a rational approach. You can fasten the belt rack anywhere in your workshop or probably over the workbench and hang all of your wrenches over it.
I am quite hopeful that some of the ideas have inspired you. Do you have any creative idea to store the tools? Do share with others in the comments section.