Having a lot of power tools is a great thing, there’s nothing better than having the right tool for an unexpected DIY job, however there’s also nothing worse than searching for a tool then not being able to find it.
Before you know it your shed can be overflowing with numerous different tools lying about everywhere and you don’t know where to start.
Cords hanging all over the place with wrenches and drill bits scattered left right and center, your organized chaos has turned into actual chaos.
That’s why we have rounded up our best seven hacks for storing power tools away in your home, so you can be able to know exactly where every tool is, saving you time and frustration.
Our Top Seven Organization Hacks
From rolling workbenches and tool chests, we have rounded up the best DIY budget organization hacks to keep your shed neat and clean, no matter if you need a place to store your drills or saws, we’ve got you covered.
Use a peg board – Number One
Peg boards are a great option when it comes to storing your power tools, not only can they be cut and fitted to any wall, but they also have holes for hanging up your tools.
This is a great option so you can have your power tools displayed clearly and know where each one is, rather than a draw where you will have to search through everything to find what you need.
Rolling workbench – Number Two
You can make a workbench yourself or buy it up front, the best thing about putting wheels on it is that it allows you to move your tools wherever you go.
By creating a workbench which is portable, this means you can avoid running back and forth for specific tools and can even utilise the surface on top for other things!
You can also put a key lock on the workbench to stop children getting inside and having access to dangerous tools.
Try an old coat rack – Number Three
Using a coat rack is not only a money saving storage solution but is great for hanging up tools and cords.
If you don’t have an old coat rack you can even nail some hooks onto a piece of wood, or to be more creative you can use old door knobs or even faucet handles to hang your cords and tools.
Hang it with PVC! – Number Four
Is there anything more satisfying than hanging your power tools with your own materials?
By using PVC pipes you can hang all kinds of power drills and saws with ease! Just cut the PVC pipe and place the power tool head in the middle, for larger tools just use larger PVC piping.
This also wouldn’t cost you a thing if you have some spare PVC pipes lying around.
Make your own charging station – Number Five
Try making a cabinet that fits on the wall with some sockets, this is a great way to store your tools while charging them at the same time.
It also stops cords being strung everywhere when you’re trying to recharge tools simultaneously.
Magnetic wall holders – Number Six
Magnetic storage racks or tool holders are a great idea for your smaller tools such as; screwdrivers, spanners, hammers and scissors.
They are also very cheap and great for knowing where each specific tool is, no more ‘have you seen where I put the hammer?’ talk.
Make a tool chest of draws – Number Seven
If you have some spare wood lying around why not make some draws for your power tools?
To avoid confusion you can label each draw with the type of tool you will put inside, you can use cutlery divider trays for separating smaller parts such as screws or drill bits.
You can also line these draws with a non-slip mat to stop the tools from sliding around inside the draws.
How to store your power tools properly
Now we covered our best storage hacks for your power tools, let’s have a look at some of our best tips on how you can store them properly.
Power tools can become really expensive depending on your budget, the last thing you want is to damage them or shorten their life span by not taking care of them properly before storing them away.
Make sure to clean them
After using your power tool, it’s a good idea to clean them using an old rag, this removes any dirt or grease and will keep your tool looking sharp and new.
Make sure your power tools are dry before storing them away, any left over moisture on your tool (especially a metal tool) can cause damage.
Also don’t ever use your tool in wet conditions as this could cause an electrical shock and either damage you or the tool itself.
Keep them coated
You can actually consider investing in a metal protector spray. Once sprayed on your power tools it can help prevent rust and keep them new.
Lubricate your tools!
Keep your tool lubricated where it needs to be to improve its function and prevent wear down.
Keep an eye on your tools and their parts, if some of your parts start to wear down make sure you replace them immediately.
Often keeping a power tool which is worn down will inevitably make its other parts wear down too.
How Can I Keep My Tools Organized?
Well, with our seven organization hacks above and some personal effort, messy tools shouldn’t come back to haunt you.
We recommend keeping an inventory of your tools and dividing zones for each storage solution you have.
This is a great way to keep hand tools, power tools and other electric tools separate and organized. For example, you can have the smaller metal tools on one of our magnetic strip hacks and power tools on your PVC pipes area.
Overall, the key to organizing your tools is to be creative and keep on top of them, power tools can be a hefty investment so making sure you take care of them is the key to prolonging their life.