When it comes to storing your tools and organizing the workspace, there are plenty of different storage options for you to choose from. In order to work safely, as well as efficiently, you need to keep your tools accessible and organized. However, this can be easier said than done.
Tool Chests and Cabinets
Tools chests and cabinets come in many sizes, so it’s helpful to know how much space you need before you choose one. The large capacity steel chests and cabinets work well in workshops and garages or to store larger tool collections. The deeper drawers are able to hold bulky accessories and tools. Drawers may come padded to protect tools or fully extendable for more space. Shallow drawers and trays would allow for easier access to smaller items. Many chests and cabinets come with wheels to offer both stability and mobility when needed, much like a standard tool cart. There are some features you may want to consider with cabinets and chests depending on your needs, including:
- Integrated key locks to keep the collection secure
- Convenience features, such as USB charging ports or surge protectors
- Different color options
Tools boxes are a good solution if you have a smaller tool collection. Try to find durable steel construction. Some tool boxes also have drawer liners that are made with built-in corrosion inhibitors in order to protect your tools. Cantilevered trays spread outward when you open them in order to give you a clear view and easier access to the contents. Drawers on larger boxes will allow you to organize your tools for better access. Some boxes even have removable organizers and trays so you wouldn’t need to use the whole box. Wheeled boxes that have handles make it easier to move some heavy tools. There are even lockable lids available on some models.
When choosing a tool bag, padded handles and adjustable shoulder straps will help you improve comfort. A backpack design will give you hands-free portability. An open main compartment gives you space for larger tools, such as hammers. Smaller pockets and loops will keep your tools and other items easy to find and organized. A zipper closure can help protect the tools from the elements. Bags with handles and wheels also make it easier to transport tools. There are some tool bags designed to fit over a five-gallon bucket to turn the bucket into a tote.
Truck Tool Boxes
A steel construction for your truck toolbox will provide durability. Aluminum models also give durability but won’t rust. Some models will span the width of a typical truck bed, while others are designed to go along the sides. If you need maximum storage, then you can choose both. The self-lifting shocks make it easy to open, even if you have your hands full with a project. In order to get better security, there are lockable lids. The lids with seals will help keep dirt and moisture out. There are plenty of different sizes so you can find one that fits your vehicle.
Wall Hangers and Hooks
A wall-mounted design helps to keep your tools organized and within easy reach in a covered work area or garage. There are different kits you can choose from as well. Kits include hangers, hooks, and pegboards to easily configure and rearrange, and you can expand as your tool collection grows. The disadvantage of using this option to store your tools is that your tools won’t be mobile. You can also find magnetic storage options for the wall. Keep in mind that many magnetic tool racks may be too narrow or weak to hold anything but the lightest and smallest tools.
Other Storage Options
If these storage options don’t appeal to you, there are still some others you can consider. Workbenches can help give you a stable surface for your project and include some storage drawers for your tools. Garage cabinets can provide you with deep drawers as well as adjustable shelves to store a variety of different accessories. You can also store the tools you use the most in a tool belt. One with a suspender model can improve the weight distribution on your tools to make it more comfortable to wear.