Any homeowner knows that tools accumulate over time. Hand tools, power tools, lawn and garden tools—you name it. Sooner or later, your tool collection is going to grow out of control and become disorganized. If that’s the case, it’s time to think about better storage solutions.
Make Room in Your Garage
Storing tools in your garage makes them convenient for both indoor and outdoor use. A large metal tool chest on wheels is a good investment because it keeps your tools organized, secure, and protected. Pegboards are also popular solutions for hanging small hand tools.
For larger tools, you can buy inexpensive freestanding shelving units of plastic or wire. An alternative is to install shelves with adjustable brackets along your walls. Wire baskets, plastic bins, or drawer units can be used to hold smaller items. Place less-frequently used tools on the higher shelves.
Build a Shed
If you’re a tool aficionado or a hobbyist, you may need a shed to hold them all. Backyard sheds are also great for lawn equipment or larger tools, such as those used for woodworking. Organize your shed like your garage—utilize the space along the walls for storage and leave space in the center for working.
Many styles and sizes of sheds are available. Post frame construction reduces costs compared to other building methods. They can be installed quickly and easily, and they’re adaptable to your needs. You can add electricity, heat, or air conditioning if you wish.
Create a Basement Workshop
Storing your tools in the basement is a good alternative if you don’t have enough room in your garage or don’t have much of a yard. Basements are already wired with electricity and lighting, and they are just as secure as your house is.
Your basement is also temperature-controlled, which makes it a great place for storing power tools. However, many basements tend to be damp, so it’s a good idea to install a dehumidifier and make sure they are protected from any leaks. Avoid storing tools directly on the floor.
Proper tool storage is essential for keeping your tools in great shape. The time you and money you spend creating an organizational space for your tools will be a sound investment for the future. Your tools will stay protected, and you’ll be able to easily find the right tool for your next project.
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