Essential tools for homeowners

DIY is the staple of any household, whether you’re a professional tradesman or you’ve picked up tricks of the trade passed down through the generations. Our homes are our kingdoms, and we want them in tip top shape at all times.

Whether there’s a new family portrait that needs hanging precisely or a flatpack nightmare where someone’s lost the instructions (and the will to live), this article lists all the essential tools you need as a homeowner, so take a look!

Let’s start with the basics


Every homeowner should have a toolbox hidden somewhere in the house or garage. It’s that staple item which keeps all your tools safe and protected from damage – and it’s handy having them all in one place. To keep your essential tools safe we recommend using our toolbox foam inserts, a simple and effective way of customising your toolbox and protecting its contents.

Screwdriver set

Screwdrivers are the holy grail of a toolkit. A ten-piece set is usually the average size needed to maintain all those pesky and fiddly little jobs that crop up. They are the ideal tools for tightening furniture hardware, re-assembling a plug or even cracking the lid of a paint tin open.


A smooth-faced claw hammer will be an indispensable item in your tool kit. The hefty weight of the handle will ensure ease when driving nails neatly into walls for hanging frames, and the claw pick will be endlessly useful for pulling out the nails that will inevitably become bent.


Handy for getting to grips with just about anything. Use these to slice through wiring and replace plumbing parts such as taps and shower heads.

Duct tape

The saviour of all DIY mishaps, have this handy to fix just about anything you’ll find in the household! However, this should only be a short term measure before you get around to actually fixing the problem.

Tape measure

This one is fairly self-explanatory, but just as useful as every other tool! Use a tape measure to map out a painting project or measure the thickness materials like lumber or steel.

A little more advanced, but still essential!

Utility knife

This one requires a steady hand, but is still fairly simple to use for the likes of opening boxes and cutting tape. Spend a little more upfront for one with a comfortable rubber-covered handle and built-in blade storage.


Easier to handle than a power saw, and faster to set up – a handsaw can provide effective trimming for lumber because it cuts on the pull and push strokes.


Wrenches are made in various shapes and sizes and are used for gripping, fastening, turning, tightening and loosening things like pipes, pipe fittings, nuts and bolts.

Spirit level

A spirit level is a simple but essential piece of your DIY toolkit and it’s useful to have a couple of different sizes – a 230mm and a 600mm level will cover most small DIY projects. To use a spirit level correctly, it should be positioned in the centre of the object you are levelling. If the object is level the bubble will sit between the two marks.

Complete your setup with unique foam inserts

Already have your toolbox essentials? Why not complete your setup with our DIY Foam range? You can also order inserts sized specifically for your tool box and tools. Simply enter your dimensions into our DIY Foam calculator and we’ll give you an instant quote. Once the order is completed, we’ll have your inserts with you in no time at all.

You can also do it yourself with our Easy Peel foam inserts. All you have to do is cut around your items, peel away layers of foam, and you’ll have readymade inserts.

In the meantime, be sure to take a look at our blog and get in touch if you’d like to speak with one of our team.


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