How to assemble the perfect toolbox for any job

If you’re looking to put together an all-round handyman tool kit, you’ve come to the right place. When you have all the tools you need in one safe and easily accessible place, no job is too much.

Every household fixer-upper is well in your reach with a well-prepared toolbox. With that in mind, here’s how to assemble the perfect toolbox for any job.

Our all-round household toolbox checklist

Here are the various toolbox items that you cannot do without. Let’s get fixin’.

You’ll need screwdrivers

It all starts with the humble screwdriver. You’ll want to get Phillips screwdrivers, as well as slotted screwdrivers – with these two, you’re off to a great start. You should consider getting a few different sizes, as having longer and shorter screwdrivers will allow you to have a go at a few different jobs.

You can’t forget about a tape measure

When it comes to toolbox classics, tape measures are a must-have. We recommend a 16-foot tape measure for smaller household tasks and a 25-foot tape for bigger work (usually on a more professional scale).

You won’t get very far without spanners and sockets

Spanners (A.K.A wrenches if you’re from the U.S) are one of the most commonly used tools in any toolbox, and it’s best to invest in a little spanner set so that you can handle a range of different fastenings. Also, look for those with chrome coatings so that your new tools don’t succumb to corrosion damage.

Pliers are a toolbox’s best friend

Whether you need to pull nails, cut wires, or simply exert a little added pressure, you’ll need some pliers. You’ve got a choice of: adjustable pliers to tackle a variety of tasks, locking pliers with a vice grip, ‘needle-nose’ pliers for tighter and more confined spots, and simple cutting pliers.
One thing you should look out for are pliers that are spring-loaded. This gives your toolbox extra convenience and variety, as you won’t have to manually return the plier handles to their former position after use.

Utility knife (otherwise known as a ‘Stanley’ knife)

Whether you’re opening cardboard boxes or cutting through cable ties, every toolbox needs a Stanley knife. This is a real all-purpose tool that comes with a sliding mechanism for ease of use, and you will find that there are countless uses for one.
They’re hard-wearing, often retractable, and really versatile.

Make sure you’ve got a spirit level

A true champion of DIY and home improvement, a spirit level will ensure that anything you put up is accurately positioned and ‘level’. It’s no use having an impressive new power drill if those shelves you’re putting up aren’t level…

What about assorted nails and screws?

It’s always handy to have an assorted mix of nails and screws. – Whether you’re making minor repairs around the home or you’re simply putting up some picture frames, a set of nails and screws will set you on a path to glorious DIY preparedness.

Got pencils?

Need to record a measurement? Pencils are the best way to do so without leaving a mark, so make sure your toolbox is kitted out with a couple of pencils.

Light the way with a torch

Not only is having a torch handy, it’s also essential for your safety. Whether it’s a full handheld torch, or a penlight for when you’re in tighter spaces, being equipped with a torch is really important. You can even get a headlamp for a hands-free approach.

Safety equipment – gloves, eyewear, and ear protection

Although these may not count as tools per se, they’re arguably just as important. Having a pair of safety glasses is vital, especially if you’re working with power tools where sparks could fly. Gloves do more than simply protect your skin from abrasives, many gloves protect your hands from high levels of heat with heat-proof technology.

Store your tools correctly and you’ll guarantee their performance

One of the most important tips for assembling a toolbox is to store your tools safely. This will not only guarantee that you never lose or mislay them, correct storage will also guarantee long lasting performance.

Try our DIY custom foam

The best material for the job is custom cut foam. Whatever your specification, you can get reliably secure protection for your tools. Whether these are the tools of your trade or just an everyday DIY toolbox, toolbox foam will hold them in style and security.

We’ve just launched our brand new DIY custom foam service in collaboration with Easy Peel, allowing you to easily tailor your own foam inserts and increase the longevity of your tools. Simply tell us what size inserts you need via our calculator page and we’ll give you a quote right away. Once you’ve completed your order, check out our foam tutorials to get started. It’s really that simple.

If you do have any questions, get in touch with a member of our team who would be more than happy to talk you through it.

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