Video:Guide to Tool Storagewith Zoya Popova
Follow these tips for tool storage to organize your garage efficiently and neatly. Watch this video from About.com for tips on proper tool storage.See Transcript
Transcript:Guide to Tool Storage
Wondering how to organize tools neatly and efficiently in your garage? Hi, I'm Zoya Popova, and this is your About.com guide to tool storage.
Use Shelving for Tool Storage
Shelving is a traditional garage storage solution, and it will work great for your tools as well. Your easiest option is a standalone shelving unit. Most of them can be assembled within minutes by simply stacking on top of each other, so no tools required. This will save you the hassle of mounting a shelf onto a wall. Store your tools in a clear or labeled container. Keep in mind that both hand and power tools tend to be heavy, so your unit should be made either of sturdy wood or, such as in our case, steel. If you do go with steel, look for chrome coating, which will prevent your steel shelf from rusting.
Try a Cabinet for Tool Storage
When it comes to hand tools and hardware, a wonderful storage option is a tool cabinet. Once again, it needs to be pretty sturdy to hold the weight of all the metal. Tool cabinets come in all sizes and configurations, with varying drawer heights, so you'll be able to find the optimal space for all the different types of tools and hardware. Sort and label all your drawers to cut down on the time you spend looking for what you need. And remember that if you plan to use your tool cabinet a lot, a good thing to have is drawers equipped with ball bearing slides, which provide for smooth operation.
Pegboard Is Another Tool Storage Option
And finally, pegboard--an easy and inexpensive way to truly customize your tool storage. Pegboard must be mounted in a way that leaves some space behind it, so that hooks, racks, and other attachments can go through the perforations. So you would want to mount it to some wooden spacers attached to a drywall, or in the case of an unfinished wall, to the exposed studs. Measure and cut a piece of pegboard to match the distance between your studs. Secure with wood screws, and you're done! With a variety of attachments, you will be able to store and arrange your tools in a way that most suits your needs.
And this has been your guide to tool storage. Thank you for watching, and for more information, please visit us at About.com.