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5 Tool Storage Solutions

Learn how to store your tools and organize your space with these tool storage ideas.

Tool Storage Options - Tool Chest.

1. Tool Cabinets and Chests

Tool Cabinet.
  • Large-capacity steel cabinets and chests are suited for garages and workshops and larger tool collections.
  • Deep drawers hold bulky tools and accessories.
  • Shallow trays and drawers let you lay out smaller items such as wrenches for easy access.
  • Some models include liners to help protect the drawers as well as your tools. You can also purchase liners separately.
  • Many cabinets and chests offer heavy duty, lockable casters.
  • Keyed locks help keep your tool collection secure.
  • Look for convenience features such as surge protectors, lights and even built-in electronics such as radios and CD players.
  • For even more storage space, look for stationary chests you can stack on matching wheeled cabinets.

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2. Tool Boxes

Tool Box with Tools.
  • Look for lightweight plastic or durable steel construction.
  • Cantilever trays or bins spread outward when open, giving you a clear view and easy access to the contents.
  • Drawers on larger boxes let you organize your tools for easy access.
  • Some boxes include trays and organizers you can remove and take with you when you don't need the entire box.
  • Wheeled boxes with telescoping handles make it easier to get heavy tool collections to your worksite.
  • Lockable lids are available on some models.

Get tips on stocking your tool box. Watch our video: What Should I Put in My Tool Box?

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Good to Know

Some tool boxes and tool chest drawer liners are made with a built-in corrosion inhibitor to protect your tools.

3. Tool Bags

Tool Bag with Tools.
  • Padded handles and adjustable shoulder straps improve comfort.
  • Backpack designs give you hands-free portability.
  • Larger main compartments offer space for tools such as drills, saws or hammers.
  • Smaller internal and external pockets, loops and trays keep tools and other items organized and easy to find.
  • Zipper closures help protect tools from the elements and keep them contained.
  • Open-mouth designs provide easy access and visibility.
  • Bags with wheels and telescoping handles make transporting your tools even easier.

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Good to Know

Some tool organizers fit over a five-gallon bucket, turning the bucket into a tool tote.

4. Truck Tool Boxes

Truck Tool Box.
  • Steel construction provides durability.
  • Aluminum models offer durability and won't rust.
  • You can find models that span the width of the truck bed and models designed to run along the sides of the bed. Combine them for maximum storage.
  • Self-lifting shocks make it easy to open the box, even if your hands are full.
  • Lockable lids provide security.
  • Lids with seals help keep moisture and dirt out.

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Good to Know

Truck tool boxes are available in a variety of sizes and styles — make sure you find a model that fits your vehicle.

5. Hooks and Wall Hangers

Pegboard with Hooks and Tools.
  • The wall-mounted design keeps your tools within easy reach in a garage or workshop without crowding work surfaces.
  • Easily reconfigure and rearrange them as needed.
  • Look for kits that include hooks, hangers and pegboard to get you started or individual items to expand your storage as your tool collection grows.

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Good to Know

See Garage Storage and Organization Ideas for more tips on keeping everything where it belongs.

Other Tool Storage and Organization Ideas

Work Bench with Tool Storage.

Work benches: In addition to providing a stable surface for your projects, some work benches include storage drawers and trays as well as built-in pegboards for hooks and hangers.

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Garage cabinets: These storage units offer deep drawers and adjustable shelves suited for keeping larger tools and accessories organized and out of your way until you need them.

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Tool belts: A good choice for keeping your most-needed tools close at hand, tool belts range from simple buckle-on pockets to belt-and-suspender models that improve the weight distribution of your tools.

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