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Suddenly, you need chisels. But when you open your toolbox you find everything but those chisels. The situation can be very annoying. So, It’s better to have an organized tool box, rather than suffering in search of the instrument you need. That’s why it's important to have an arranged chest in your workshop and garage. Is it fine?
Everyone wants a customized layout for their instrument or tool box. The layout depends on the person’s necessity. An electrician should have Wire cutters, screwdrivers, masking tape, etc. where a plumber will have a Pipe cutter, thread tape, wrench and other plumbing tools. So, the equipment in the toolbox differs from man to man and so does the layout. Unless you have the frequently used tools near your hand, things will not work out as you’d expect.
So, there is no particular order of how to organize tool chest drawers. But we can provide few tips and suggestions to make the tool box handling experience easier. For this, you won’t have to be a professional. By the end of this article, with a few simple hacks, you’d be able to stop wasting your time on searching a tool in every single drawer.
Tips on how to organize a tool chest like a pro
Use Bigger or Multi-Drawer box
If you have too many instruments for work, you should arrange them in a bigger tool chest or multi-drawer toolbox. A multi-drawer toolbox is more efficient in organizing the tools than a big broad chest.
Sort out the tool types
Sorting the tools could be done based on any perspective. You can sort them according to their
- Unit type or Metric System
- How frequently you use the tools
- Material type
Metric & SAE: Most professionals have to use tools of different units. The primary two type of unit used in tools is SAE (SAE is the abbreviation of Society of Automotive Engineers) and Metric. To avoid the confusion between SAE and the metric systems, you should separate the tools in two different drawers or boxes.
Frequent use: According to your profession or passion, the tools you use most often are different. So, it is another efficient way to organize the tool box. Keep your most used instrument in the first drawer or pallet so you can find them easily when needed.
Uses: What do you need to take out a nut or bolt? You can either use a wrench or a Plus. Again, there are different sizes of wrenches. So you can sort the tools according to its uses. Keep all wrench and plus in the same drawer. Like this, a drawer can be used to store the tools that have same work. It is the best way to organize any tool chest.
Material type: Sorting the tools in your tool chest according to its material is the most useless way to organize. It is for them who don’t know anything about their tools. So, they usually arrange the tools according to the material of the instruments. But this categorization won’t be helpful to the professionals.
Place heavy tools in lower drawers
Hammers, Power Tools, Plumbing wrench and other heavy instruments are risky to use, and they need bigger space than screwdrivers and other minor tools. It is better to keep them as close to the ground so there is no chance of falling them on your head or feet. Besides, the lowest drawer has the most space. Keeping heavy things in the drawer adds stability to the chest.
Middle drawers for special tools
Chisels, Screwdriver, Tapes and expensive tools are evident to be kept in protected drawers. The best way to protect them is to place them in drawers by covering with foam.
You can buy this foam from hardware stores. After buying, cut the shapes of the instruments in the foam using a paper cutter. Now, you have an exact place where your tools will be, and you can quickly identify the missing equipment from the drawer just by looking at the foam shapes.
Upper drawers for Sockets & Tiny Instruments
Screws, sockets, nut-bolts, etc. are difficult to find as they are small. Often we waste our time just by looking for them in every drawer. So, it is wise to keep those tiny instruments in the upper drawers. Top drawers are comparatively small and narrow. That’s why the tiny things are easy to find them in the top drawers.
Hang the most often used tools in pegboards or any other hooks. You can also put them in a small tool box and hang them. Small screw packs have holes in them for this. If they don’t have any, you can make one with a pointed knife.
Label or paint the drawers
Labeling the drawers will make it easier to remember what type of instruments is in which drawer. You can either write on blank paper or take different color paper and stick them in the drawer. If you have plastic paint, you can also paint the drawers in different colors to separate them.
Be creative. It is your tool chest, and you are the owner. So, arrange them as you prefer. But one thing you must consider that the frequently used tools should be close to your hand so you can find them easily.