Whether you’re a gardener, a carpenter, or a birdhouse designer in your spare time, there’s something satisfying about an endless collection of tools. The ability to grab any set of pliers or a drill bit when you need it is priceless.

Our obsession with tools makes sense, given that our early ancestors were using them millions of years ago. But in our modern world, how and where does one store all of those tools for easy access? Don’t know where to start or how to organize tools?

If you’re looking to create perfect order within your garden shed or garage, this guide is for you. These tool storage ideas will transform your space from cluttered to organized in no time. Read on for some personal storage hacks!

Ideas for Storing Your Tools

The ideal tool storage solution is practical, affordable, and helps you make the most of your storage space. Tools should be easy to find, access, and put away. 

These ideas take all of this into consideration. Plus, many of these are DIY projects you can complete yourself—a perfect excuse to flex your creative muscles and put all those tools to the test.

A Pegboard

Pegboards are boards with a grid of small holes drilled into them and are generally made of either metal or wood. Hang one on your wall, and you’ve converted empty wall space into a usable storage option.

Store-bought pegboards are relatively inexpensive, but you can also build your own with a few sheets of plywood, some wood glue, and a drill.

The brilliant thing about pegboards is that they are fully customizable. Buy or make a few different pegs and hooks, and you can arrange your tools in any way you please. For garden tool storage, hang one up higher on the wall to accommodate long-handled shovels and rakes. For hand tools, you’ll often see pegboards up above a workbench.

A Tool Chest on Wheels

Purchasing or building a mobile tool chest will completely change your workflow – in the best way. A high-quality tool chest will have a handful of drawers to store small power tools, sockets, sandpaper, and anything else you can think of.

The flat surface of a tool chest provides another miniature workbench for you, and the addition of wheels lets you transport all of your tools around your workspace with ease. To maximize space, you could install hangers on the side of your tool chest for your frequently used hand tools.

A Homemade Workbench with Storage

At its core, a workbench is a flat surface on which you can complete projects. But it can also be a storage option if you’re feeling creative.

Because a workbench takes up a significant amount of space, it’s wise to have it double as a spot for workshop or garage tool storage. There are numerous ways to achieve this, including:

  • Hooks – If there’s empty space beneath your workbench, installing hooks to the bottom will allow you to hang small hand tools.
  • Drawers – Some or all of the material that supports your workbench can be converted into space for sliding drawers.

A Rotating Tool Carousel

A small tool carousel lets you store dozens of tools in one accessible place. Imagine a rotating spice tray in the kitchen, but instead of spices, it holds chisels, files, and hammers.

Depending on your needs and your available space, you could build a small carousel for hand tools or a larger one to hold battery packs for cordless tools. The rotating design allows you to display all of your tools without sacrificing room in your workshop. No more reaching into a dark cubby to find a wrench—just spin the carousel and you can find the right tool.

A Tool Belt

Why store your most used tools away at all? If you have a set of tools you use daily, putting them back in a drawer every day will only take up your precious time.

For ease of access, nothing beats the portability and convenience of a tool belt. No matter where you are in your garden or workshop, you’ll be able to grab your trusty hammer or spade at a moment’s notice. A simple tool belt will only set you back around $50, and with all the time you’ll save searching, it’s well worth the investment.  If you don’t like wearing a tool belt, a portable toolbox is another option. 

Transparent Containers

If you like to group your tools by category or use, bins and other containers are probably a staple of your workspace storage system. With that said, sometimes objects stored in boxes end up “out of sight, out of mind.” Use transparent containers, and you’ll never have to worry about misplacing a tool for your next DIY project. 

For bits and pieces such as screws, washers, and dowels, glass jars work wonders as a small parts organizer. Line them up on a shelf, and every day will feel like a trip to a well-stocked hardware store.

See-through plastic bins are perfect for storing mid-sized power tools and hand tools. To make the most of your vertical space and clear floor space, stack them or set them on a shelf and slide them out when you need them.

Convenient, Secure Space for Tool Storage

These storage space solutions are excellent space-savers for any shed, workplace, or garage. With that said, there’s only so much room in your average workspace.

If your collection of tools is expanding faster than ever, we can give you a hand. Whether you need to store your bandsaw and drill press long-term, or a spot to keep your tools closer to work, Price Self Storage has the storage unit to suit your needs. We offer a large variety of units in different storage sizes.

Get in touch with us today — we’re here to help you live life uncluttered.


National Geographic. Human Ancestors May Have Used Tools Half-Million Years Earlier Than Thought. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/140122-human-tools-hands-ancient-science