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. 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
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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
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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 peg board 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 peg board door that can hand smaller hand tools.

Level of difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 12 hours
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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 peg board 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 a cheap 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
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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 impressive and functional the finished product will be.

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

  • Plywood
  • Jigsaw
  • Table saw
  • Drill and screws

 

Conclusion

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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