How to store hand tools
In most cases, the way you store your hand tools will depend on the room you have in your garage or basement. In this article, I will give you a few ideas to tidy up your workspace and store your hand tools in a way, so that you have them ready the next time you need them!
Of course, how you are storing your hand tools will also depend on what kind of tools you are storing. For example, an artist will need different tools than a handyman. No matter what your storing system you use, the tools you need should always be close by. Tools also need to be stored in a way so that nobody gets hurt. Make sure that the appropriate safety gear is also stored in a way so that it is easily reachable with the tool you are using.
Most of the time, you probably will opt for a benchtop cabinet. They are relatively inexpensive, yet, give you many ways to store your hand tools safely. If you are a handyman, you might already have an idea on how to make your own benchtop cabinet. Self-made cabinets have the advantage that you can adjust drawers and compartments just the way you need them because you know your tools!
The metal mesh
If your wall allows for it, put up a metal mesh with as many hooks as you like. Here you can hang up tools by themselves or containers in which you store some of screws, nuts and bolts.
One of the most used and most flexible ways to store hand tools is the perforated wall or perforated plates. They can be individually attached to the workbench or wall. Then you equip the plates with various hooks and brackets.
Through additional sets of hooks and brackets, perforated walls can be expanded indefinitely. Perforated walls are great to store your tools just
where you need them. In addition, they are optically appealing and create an attractive wall design. Some manufacturers deliver the correct brackets with their perforated walls. If you can buy everything together, you might even save some money.
In this context, it might be worth mentioning; if you are starting your wall design for your tools with perforated plates, it is essential that you get them all from the same manufacturer. The holes in the perforated walls are different form manufacturer to manufacturer. Therefore, if you buy from different providers, the holes might not match the ones you already have.
Think of that at the time of the purchase. Best think ahead of time and calculate how many plates you will need to finish your hand tool storage.
If you start to hang up your tools, it is wise to create a system which is not just handy but also easy to remember. For example, you might order your screwdrivers and wrenches from the smallest to the largest or vice versa. Nuts of different sizes are best kept in separate containers which you label correctly. This little additional work at the beginning will save you a lot of time and stress in the long term because you find the right size just by looking at your storage cabinet.
Another way to store your handy tools is through the BlueCave system.
The BlueCave system is a brand of cabinet systems, which give you the benefit to store your tools in a sorted manner. The advantage of this cabinet system is that you can easily attach it right over the workbench, where tools are quickly at hand. This sophisticated system also makes it possible to combine tool trays and lighting or power supply elements and thus to extend the benefits even further.
Many handymen and related industries well know the BlueCave system. This system combines solid walls with adjustable and flexible compartments. Furthermore, this case system is mobile. This case system is easily taken off the wall and ready to go. The addition of sound and lighting elements enhances the cabinet system with freely selectable extensions that integrate seamlessly into the uniform look and ensure a neat and clear workplace despite the various uses.
Tip: If you frequently work on different projects, get one case system for each job. This way you always have everything you need, wherever you go!
If you do not want to spend money on the BlueCave system, toolboxes are an excellent alternative. There you can store your handy tools in a secure and transparent arranged manner where they are always at hand. One significant advantage of a portable toolbox: its mobility. With a toolbox, you can easily change jobs without leaving behind your most essential tools. These include a hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, nails, open-end wrenches, ring spanners or socket wrenches.
The mobile tool trolley
However, if you have an extensive assortment of tools, a mobile tool trolley with multiple drawers could be a better choice and maybe a good match for you. On most models, the wheels can be fixed, so you can do minor work directly where you are.
Additional storage options
If you have enough space in the workroom, you can store larger equipment there. For example, you could also store brooms, work clothes or garden tools on hooks or other device holders for the wall. In addition to universal hooks, there are special bearing hooks for specific types of equipment such as ladders, bicycles or boots.
Also, useful: lockable cabinets for storing critical substances such as toxic cleaners, pesticides or weed killers. Those safe cabinets can also accommodate dangerous items such as very sharp knives. Lockable cabinets are especially important if you have children in the house.
Whatever the storage system for your handy tools you decide upon, it is crucial that it gives you enough room to store everything clearly and conveniently while at the same time matches your workflow. The best storing system will not be of any help to you if you cannot store everything you need or if the storage does not give you the flexibility you need when doing your work!