10 DIY Tool Storage Ideas | DIY Formula

10 DIY Tool Storage Ideas

Whether you need tools for simple home repairs, love DIY building projects, or are a master carpenter, you probably have a tool bench full of disorganized supplies. Hardware stores offer expensive storage solutions, but one size certainly doesn’t fit all when it comes to tool types and budgets.

Top 10 DIY Tool Storage Ideas

Check out these DIY tool storage tutorials to find an organizational system right for your tools and your skills.

1. DIY French Cleat System

French cleats are used for tool storage because they’re both customizable and easily moved. If you want to be able to reconfigure your storage in between projects to maximize efficiency, this might be a good fit for your space. Follow the steps of this tutorial to create a wooden bar with a reverse angle top edge that will line your wall. Then cut shelves to fit each of your major tools and attach a complimentary angled cleat on the back. Simply hang each piece onto the wall bar, and gravity holds it in place.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Materials You Need:

2. DIY Drill and Driver Hanging Station

Organizing tools with handles and cords can be tricky. This tutorial shows you how to make a hanging station out of PVC pipe lengths makes a tube-shaped holder for each hand tool that can be mounted beneath existing shelves. A custom shelf keeps accessories like drill bits or adaptors close at hand.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Materials You Need:

3. DIY Slatwall Tool Board

Similar to a French cleat, a slat wall creates permanent holders on the wall that can be filled with moveable bins, cubbies, or shelves. The difference is, a slat wall doesn’t require creating precise angles, and you can store a variety of tools, not just power tools. This tutorial shows how if you have basic woodworking skills, you can make a slat wall tool storage system in about an afternoon using minimal tools.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Materials You Need:

  • Plywood
  • Table saw
  • Nail gun and wood glue
  • Drill and screws
  • Wood seal
  • Sander

4. DIY Power Tool Storage with Cord Organizer

This project gives you the steps to create a divided shelf to hold all your power tools. It can be customized to fit your specific tools to maximize your storage space and keep your workbench tidy. Including the lower cubbies to tuck away bulky cords, this DIY tool storage project can be done in an afternoon for someone with moderate woodworking experience, or a weekend for a more novice carpenter.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Materials You Need:

  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Table saw
  • Sander
  • Nail gun and wood glue
  • Drill and screws

5. DIY Tool Storage Cabinet

A pegboard is a great way to hang small tools you need to grab quickly, but they take up a lot of vertical wall space and can make it hard to organize heavier, bulkier tools. This project gives you the best of both worlds with a deep cabinet perfect for power tools, and a pegboard door that can hand smaller hand tools.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
Materials You Need:

6. DIY Hand Tool Organization Board

If you aren’t a master carpenter and won’t need to reconfigure your DIY tool storage very often, follow this tutorial to create fixed brackets that can handle any size or shape of hand tool. The mix of basic shapes and custom brackets makes this a good project for a carpenter who has mastered the beginning woodworking skills and is ready for a small challenge.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Materials You Need:

  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Table saw
  • Sander
  • Nail gun and wood glue
  • Drill and screws
  • Metal brackets

7. DIY Garage Shop Peg Board

For a work space that holds a lot of hand tools and doesn’t have a lot of specialized saws, a simple pegboard is the perfect storage solution. Get your boards cut to size at the lumber yard and put up the pegboard surface quickly. No woodworking experience is needed to follow these steps, and your tools can be organized in just a few hours.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Materials You Need:

  • Wood
  • Pegboard
  • Stud finder
  • Drill and screws
  • Pegboard hooks

8. DIY PVC Tool Hanger

Tools with long handles can be neatly mounted on the wall with this tutorial. Use scrap PVC or quickly cut a single pipe into lengths for an affordable storage solution. This project can be completed by anyone who feels confident enough to use a saw and works well for areas like a basement or garage with unfinished walls.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Materials You Need:

  • PVC pipe
  • Band saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill and screws

9. DIY Paper Container Toolbox

As a casual handyman, you may not have many tools you need to organize. Don’t spend a ton of money on a giant toolbox; just follow this tutorial to transform empty juice box containers into cardboard DIY tool storage. You may already have all the materials at home, and the whole project can be completed in less than an hour.

Level of difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Materials You Need:

10. DIY Wooden Wrench Holder

Occasionally tools come with packaging that can serve as a holder. The plastic case for a wrench set, for example, serves passably well as an organizer, but it’s ugly and won’t hold up to heavy use. The steps for this project involve using the flimsy packaging as a template to create a sturdy, wooden holder. This is a deceptively simple project that doesn’t require many tools or flashy technique. It’s possible for a beginner to make in a few hours, but the more careful and precise you are, the more effective and functional the finished product will be.

Level of difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Materials You Need:

  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Table saw
  • Drill and screws

Practicing Proper Tool Storage & Care

You’ve probably already invested in some quality tools, so it’s important to take care of them. That’s why proper tool storage is important: you don’t want to leave your tools where they can rust or be ruined. Here are some tips for proper tool storage and care.

Clean Tools After Use

It can be annoying to take the time to clean your tools after every single use, but it’s extremely important. I know you’re tired, but taking a few minutes to clean them is worth it in the long run. All you really need to do is take a rag and wipe them off, and add soap and water if you need to. Just remember: don’t place power tools in water and never oil your tools unless it’s recommended by the manufacturer.

Dry Your Tools Before Properly Storing Them

This is essential to avoiding rust. Most people keep their tools in the garage, shed, or basement, and these are all areas that generally have issues with humidity. If you don’t put your tools away or don’t dry them properly, then they are going to be more prone to rusting. If you don’t keep your tools in storage, but rather keep them out on a pegboard or a shelf, then you may want to buy a dehumidifier to keep near them. This will reduce dampness in the area, and will help avoid rust for a longer period of time.

Sharpen and Oil Your Tools Regularly

Do this as needed. If you’re going to oil (only if recommended from the manufacturer), then be sure your tools are clean and dry beforehand.

Take Extra Care to Tools If They Start to Rust

If your tools do start to rust (it’s bound to happen sometimes), then you can take some extra care to them. Hose them down with water,  and scrub them down with a wire brush, sand paper, or steel wool until the rust is gone. Do this before oiling them.

Consider Spending A Little More On Your Tools

It can be tempting to opt for the more affordable tools, especially if you don’t use them very often. However, you’ll get more bang from your buck if you get quality tools that may cost a little bit extra. Affordable tools are usually short-lived, but quality ones that are more expensive tend to be long-lasting. Try to find stainless steel tools, as these ones do not rust. Some cheaper materials, such as low paint jobs, carbon steel, and coated metals, will rust over time, especially if they have humidity exposure.

Use Proper Storage Containers

This can be in the form of cabinets, tool boxes, and work benches. That’s why all of these DIY tool storage tutorials that we have listed above are perfect if you need an easy and affordable way to store your tools!

Whether you’re a professional or just use your tools every once in a while when they’re needed, it’s important to take proper care of them and use proper storage. Tools aren’t cheap, and you want to get your money’s worth out of them.

Additional Storage Tips

  • Take special care to storing larger tools, such as a lawn mower or leaf blower. Follow the manufacturer instructions on the proper way to store them.
  • Always store your clean tools in your proper storage area.
  • Keep gloves in a sealed container: you don’t want bugs to get in there!
  • Drain hoses before storage.
  • Keep gardening tools in a cool & dry place.
  • Keep chemicals locked away from children and pets.

Our Final Thoughts: DIY Tool Storage

Creating functional and attractive work areas doesn’t have to cost a ton of money. With these tutorials for DIY tool storage, even a new homeowner with no prior experience can quickly build storage solutions for any tool bench. How are you organizing your tools? Show us your DIY tool storage and tell us how the project went!

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