Now that the weather has warmed up and the conditions are becoming perfect for home maintenance, hand projects, and spending a lot of time in the garage, it’s time to dig the tools out! We got into ours last weekend but we realized as we were pulling them out that we really don’t have a fantastic system for storing them in an organized fashion where they’re not in the way but can still be reached easily when we need them. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for awesome DIY tool storage suggestions lately!
Just in case you love the idea of making your very own DIY tool storage solutions just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. CD/DVD case small parts storage
Along with all your bigger tools, did you find a collection of small parts like screws, nails, bolts, and so on that need some kind of better organization than the plastic bags you’ve currently got them sorted into? Then we’d suggest taking a look at how Makezine upcycled some old bulk rewritable CD cases by turning them upside down, fastening to the underside of their tool cabinet, and creating a hanging bin that’s perfect to store small handy pieces in.
2. PVC pipe drill holsters
Maybe you’ve been feeling like your larger tools could really use a more permanent home as well, so you can just grab the one you need and when rather than digging in bins or cupboards every time you need a drill? In that case, we’d have a feeling you’ll really appreciate the way Popular Mechanics made a sort of drill hanging rack but fastening cut sections of PVC pipe to the underside of a shelf. Make sure you get the kind that’s wide enough for a whole hand drill to fit inside!
3. Jumbo pegboard tool wall
Just in case you have all manner of things to organize and get sorted but not a lot of floor space for things like cabinets and bins, here’s a wall mounted idea that’s a little more diverse and space efficient! We love the way The Creativity Exchange made this pegboard organize wall and attached various hooks and baskets to make it the ultimate place for tools and other handy supplies.
4. Wooden cubby sanding disc storage
Just in case you’re actually an experienced handy person who finds yourself using larger power tools like sanders a lot, here’s a fantastic storage idea for storing all the spare and replacement disks you might be keeping on hand! Lazy Guy DIY outlines step by step how they built, installed, and filled a long, thin cubby shelf to give the disks and accessible place to live.