21 Top Tool Storage Tips, Tricks and Ideas
DIYers tend to accumulate all kinds of tools for all kinds of projects. The key to staying efficient, though, is to make sure you always have the right tools at hand. Check out these ideas to make sure you keep your tools organized!
Garden Tool Storage Cubby
Bench-Top Tool Storage Tip
Here's a smart way to keep a vise or small bench-top tool right at your fingertips without cluttering your workbench: Build this slide-in base and mount the vise or tool on it so the entire unit can slide back in upside down and out of the way. Countersink holes into the underside of the base so you can recess the mounting nuts and washers.
Foam Ball Tool Storage
Panpipe Tool Storage
Behind the Door Storage: Tool-Apron Storage
Long-Handled Tool Rack
Eyeglass-case hardware storage
My wife has a drawer full of old eyeglass cases that she doesn't use anymore, so I repurposed them to store small things like drill bits and screws. I stick a case in my shirt pocket when I'm working and toss it into a toolbox when I'm done. It's much easier than digging around for small stuff in the bottom of my tool apron.
- Norm Smith
Rubbery shelf liner works great in toolboxes, but there's a cheaper alternative. Cut a nonslip rug mat to fit any size drawer and keep tools from sliding around. For the ultimate in tool storage drawers, check out this handy tabletop cabinet.
Air Tool Station
PVC Storage Hangers
Keep all your hand tools within easy reach in a portable 16-in. pine carton. Build one from a 1x8 x 12-ft. pine board, 1/4-in. plywood and a 3/4-in. oak dowel, and you'll never run back to the garage for a bit, blade, wrench or nail. Here's how:
- Cut and screw together the sides and ends with the ends protruding 1 in. beyond the sides. Drill holes in the top of the ends for a 3/4-in. dowel handle and tap it in the holes before assembling the ends and sides. Drill the 3/8-in. storage holes in the top edges of the sides before assembly.
- Saw 1/4-in. x 1-1/2-in. pine strips for the side slats and screw them to the protruding ends.
- Cut and screw on the 1/4-in. plywood floor.
- Cut 3/8-in. pine partitions and screw them behind the side slats to create custom-width pockets for the tools.
That's it—load it up and tote your tools with just one hand!
Flip-Through Storage Rack
On-a-Roll Pegboard Doors
Painting Gear Hangout
Organize your paint brushes, scrapers, roller frames, rags and paint cans with this shelf made from two 1x8 boards screwed together and reinforced with metal shelf brackets. We built ours 38 in. long to fit three brackets of sliding spring grips that we mounted under the shelf for tool storage. Build and attach this shelf to a shop or basement wall, and you'll enforce orderly storage on all your far-flung painting paraphernalia.
Space-Saving Sliding Shelves
Drop this nifty rack in a deep tool chest drawer and fit more pliers and wrenches in less space by storing them on their side. The Lisle No. 404090 storage rack holds up to 13 tools and has two different size slots.
Vinyl rain gutters make great storage shelves for long, thin items such as molding, light lumber, pipe and certain tools. Simply screw the wraparound support bracket to each stud and snap the gutter in place.