Homeowners in the UK are continuing to fall back in love with DIY. After DIY expenditure increased in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, more millennials own tools than ever before. But whether you’re a seasoned DIY professional or a budding hobbyist, storing your tools correctly should be a key concern.
Why Organise Your Tools?
More Efficient Working
The first – and possibly most obvious reason – for enacting a storage system with your tools and equipment is to make your life easier. Organizing your tools by type and by task means you can carry out a DIY project or job without having to continually stop and start; everything is together and in the right place, so you don’t have to go and fetch the next tool each time you need one.
An often-underestimated boon to the proper storage of your tools is the effect it can have on tool longevity. It might be tempting to chuck everything you need in a single hold-all, or to even leave tools loose in your garage or workshop – but doing so can lead to blunting, breakage or even rust. Proper storage limits the possibility of any sharp edges getting nicked, and can also protect against the elements. In the long run, storage could save you money in new tools!
Never Lose a Tool Again
It should go without saying that having a dedicated location for your tools makes them less likely to go missing, but it bears repeating. By taking care to stow away your tools in a specific location after each use, you avoid the possibility of losing a tool or set altogether – saving you money once again.
Arguably the most common form of portable tool storage is the toolbox. Tool boxes are an extremely handy way to organise your equipment, especially with regard to tools you use on a regular basis. Larger toolboxes come with a tray that sits above the main cavity, allowing you to separate smaller implements from larger tools and keep them from jostling each other. Many toolboxes also come with compartments built into the lid, for easy storage of frequently-used fixtures and fittings.
Tool bags are a less common sight today, but a useful way to stash big tools. Many modern iterations come with pouches and pockets to enable separation of, and ease of access to, handheld tools like pliers and hammers. More useful by far, though, is the tool belt – an indispensable form of tool storage for the regular worker, and wearable for the ultimate ease of access.
For those that work out of a garage, workshop, or studio space, portable storage solutions as illustrated above might not be the most efficient way to access and store tools. For a more permanent form of storage, tool racks make accessing the right tool as simple as reaching over the workbench. Wheeled tool cabinets are a staple of mechanic’s workshops for a reason – they combine permanent storage with portability that makes working around a large project much less difficult.