There isn't a magic formula for how to organize tools. Tool organization can be a very personal project because it depends on your specific space and needs. Are you a woodworker, a home renovator, or a weekend hobbyist? You might need small storage solutions, or you may need to scale up for accessible power tool placement. No matter your niche, every handy homeowner has tools that need sorting, and there are several clever ways to get the job done.
Here are 10 tool organization tips to help you tidy up your workshop.
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Create Zones for Different Tools
The first step to organizing tools is to do a thorough inventory. Once you have a general idea of the tools on hand, sort them into like categories. Group all of the power tools, the small hand tools, and so on. Next, create zones and use cabinetry to keep the like items together.
For instance, here's a DIY storage cabinet designated for table saw equipment. When planning a workshop layout, this cabinet would be hung in close proximity to the table saw. Details like this might seem trivial at first, but they will enhance the ergonomics of the space.
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Build a Tool Cabinet With Pegboard Backing
The best way to organize tools is to customize storage pieces to fit the space. For instance, purchasing a workbench is not nearly as effective as building one with specific storage spots for the tools you own.
Building a tool cabinet is a smart way to maximize any vertical space you have to spare. Use pegboard as a backing and on the cabinet doors, so you have plenty of surface area to hang tools.
Organized Pegboard Tool Cabinet and Simple Workbench from Remodelaholic
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Customize a Wall Panel With Containers and Baskets
Many people prefer open-concept storage in their workshops. Instead of storing tools and essentials inside cabinets, homeowners are opting to keep these items out in the open.
If you have a blank wall, install a large slat wall system similar to what you might see in a retail store. You can use hooks to hang tools. Also, consider storing like items inside bins and transparent plastic containers. You'll be able to pack more items into each square foot that way.
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Hang Miscellaneous Tools Off Wall Strips or Hooks
Again, one of the most effective ways to keep a work surface clear is by having ample vertical storage space. Tools hidden away in tool boxes and drawers can be forgotten about or misplaced. So the more you can visually see on the walls, the better.
There are many ways to hang tools on a wall, including slat boards and pegboards. Another popular option is to use vertical strips and anchor hooks on the strip. For smaller tools, consider a magnetic strip.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Organize Commonly Used Tools in a Mobile Workbench
Many people struggle with how to organize power tools that they use often, especially when they are in the midst of a big project. If you are in the process of renovating a home and find yourself struggling to keep your tools in order, consider adding a mobile workbench into the mix.
The plans for this workbench include ample hanging storage for power tools and space for storing larger tools, such as air compressors. Try to build in as much storage as possible, so the top remains a clear work surface.
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Utilize Blank Space on the End of Cabinets
The end of a cabinet or workbench is an ideal spot to add extra tool storage. Before you go out and buy wood for this project, check whether you have any scrap pieces you can use instead.
Remember, this location is ideal for commonly used tools, such as screwdrivers, if it is close to your work area. If the cabinet is on the other end of the workshop, consider storing something else that you won't reach for as often in that location.
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Store Awkwardly Sized Tools in Totes With Labels
Some tools don't make sense on a pegboard wall, or maybe they just won't fit in the space. Organize awkwardly sized items, such as paint rollers and tubes of chalk, inside clear plastic totes. And store the totes on an open shelving unit.
Even though the totes are clear, it is helpful to spend time labeling each container. This step will make it much more likely that you and other members of your household will put the tools back where they belong.
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Keep Nuts and Bolts in Clear Mason Jars
Some workers like to save every spare screw, and some don't. If you are one of the former, make sure you have a system in place for sorting through all these miscellaneous items.
Clear mason jars work well for organizing small parts, but you need to be able to put those jars somewhere that won't clog up counter space. Consider building open shelves for them to sit on. You can even screw the lids on the underside of a shelf and suspend the jars from their lids.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Set up a Battery Recharging Station
Cordless power tools are wonderful as long as you don't lose track of their batteries and chargers. Build a custom charging station for your most used power tools, and make sure to add an outlet so the storage space is functional.
This wall unit works well for a small collection of power tools. But you might require something more substantial if you own significantly more cordless tools than this.
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Hang Tools Inside a Cabinet
Not everyone wants their tools out in the open. There is the risk of theft when expensive tools are visible from the outside in a garage or shed. If this is the case, store tools inside cabinetry that can be locked.
However, don't just toss your tools inside the cabinet and call it a day. Keep them organized by hanging them on the cabinet walls. To complete this project, simply line the interior walls of a cabinet with pegboard.
Cabinet Safekeeper from Ryobi