They live in my kitchen, fill my shed, line my drawers, overwhelm my closets, and get stashed in my guest room. Tools are the necessary baggage of my DIY lifestyle, yet a hindrance when entertaining, cleaning or trying to please the wife. Here are some ideas on where they should live instead.
Sure, if I had a garage, storage would be as simple as getting a workbench. I long for the day when I'll have a shop, a garage or even a basement to tuck things away in but for those of us who reside in apartments without bountiful storage, these solutions could help.
For most of us, tools are used only on occasion but but when needed, usually require the whole lot. Converted dressers make great incognito storage (See Crafty Nest's Chest of Drawers Turned Tool Storage here) and under-bed boxes make great places to store tools. Other options that are less conspicuous but probably do a better job organizing include classic tool chests in wood (See the Gerstner Rolling Bench or Ultimate Treasure Chest below) or in metal (See the Kobalt Chest below).
For more portable tool organization and storage, nothing beats a toolbox with wheels like those from Stanley. Those with a only a small collection could even get by with a beautiful Klein Leather Toolbag, or for the cyclist, the Timbuk2 Toolshed does the basic job.
- Craftsman 1470 pc. Professional Tool Set ($8,599.90)
- Chest of Drawers Turned Tool Storage
- Klein Leather Toolbag $332.90
- Timbuk2 Toolshed ($35)
- Stanley Mobile Work Center $39.99
FatMax® 4-in-1 Mobile Work Station ($99)
Gertsner Ultimate Treasure Chest ($1136.00)
Gerstner Roller Bench in Cherry ($3420.00)
Craftsman 43-1/2'' 2-Drawer Deluxe Mechanic Cart ($250)
Kobalt 53" Chest ( $1,898.00 )
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