DIY Tool and Equipment Storage: How to Keep What You Need at Your Fingertips

toolsHow do you store the tools and equipment you need to make repairs around the house? A lot of people end up piling everything into a garage or tool shed, but that may not be the best option. It’s easy for tools to get lost or damaged when they’re not properly stored – and that means you won’t have them when you need them.

With that in mind, here are some ideas to help you store your tools properly, ensuring that you can easily find them.

Tip #1: Use Wall Space Wisely

If everything in your garage is piled up on the floor, you’re not making use of all of your available space. Here are some ways to create cheap and easy storage that hangs on your walls:

  • Make a simple plywood shelf and cut notches in it to hang big tools like rakes and shovels. A notch that’s wide enough to accommodate the handle will do, and the shelf will hold the rest of the tool in place.
  • Glue a ½” thick piece of foam to a piece of plywood and use it as a makeshift pincushion for sharp tools. For example, you can store screwdrivers, awls, and other pointy objects with ease, and without using up valuable floor space.
  • Use a pegboard to create easy tool storage. For heavy pieces that are likely to fall, bend long pegs into a corner shape to hold them in place.
  • Use a tie or belt rack to hang tools. Things like wrenches can easily hang from a tie rack, making it easy for you to see what you have and get to it quickly.
  • Use a magnetic strip to store small metal tools like drill bits. Just attach the strip to a piece of plywood – or hang it directly on the wall, and store small items with ease.

Tip #2: Hang Things

Tools2If you want to preserve some floor space in your garage so you can park your car or work with your tools, then hanging items can be a good way to do it. One particularly effective way to hang large items is to first build a large shelf that’s fairly high off the ground. You can stack big storage bins on top of the shelf. Then put heavy-duty hooks underneath the shelf and use them to hang everything from large tools to other big items like bicycles.

Another option is to hang a slide system on your ceiling and use bins to store things up there. This system is best for items that you need rarely. You can tape a list of what’s inside to the bottom of the bin so that you can retrieve items as necessary.

Tip #3: Protect Your Tools

Tools with sharp blades and edges need to be protected – and you need to protect yourself from them, too. Here are some suggestions to help you do that.

  • Cut a length of PVC pipe or garden hose, then cut a slit in the side and use the pieces to protect sharp blades.
  • Saw pie plates in half, tape or sand the edges, and mount them to the wall. You can use them to store circular saw blades and sanding discs.
  • Use binder clips to store bandsaw blades safely. All you have to do is coil the blades, and then secure them inside the clip. You can use the ends of the clip to hang it from a pegboard if you want to, and be sure that the band won’t uncoil and hurt you when you remove it.

Managing a large collection of tools can be a challenge, but with these easy DIY tips you can be sure that you have everything you need stored in a safe and organized way.

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