15 Creative Tool Shed Storage Ideas that are Surprisingly Simple to Execute in Your Own Shed
The old pinboard/shadowboard is a great start, but these ideas take tool organisation one step further...
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IS FINDING EVEN THE SIMPLEST TOOL or screw in your shed turning into an all-afternoon event?
It took me a while, but I started putting together a few creative tool shed storage ideas that have really made a huge difference in my shed. While I still lose the odd tool from time to time, I get to spend more time on my various projects and less time scratching my head wondering where my Phillips screwdriver got to.
1. PVC Pipe Long-Handled Tool Racks
Simple, cheap, and effective long handle tool storage
If you are like me and have a ton of long handle tools for use out in the garden, they tend to create quite a mess. You can easily fix this by cutting short lengths of PVC pipe and screwing them to the wall of your shed.
You can screw them directly to the wall or lay a 2 x 4 across the studs. Don’t forget to label each of the holders so that you put the tools back in the right place each time. This also helps make sure you know what is missing.
2. PVC Pipe Extension Cord Holders
Great for cords, ropes, chains, and hoses
Most tool sheds have more than their fair share of extension cords, ropes, chains, and hoses lying around just waiting to trip you. Cut 12-inch lengths of 2-inch PVC pipe, drill holes for them in a length of 2 x 6, insert the pipes and mount the board to a convenient wall.
The whole task should take no more than an hour. Not only does this give a great place to store cords but it helps keep them from becoming tangled.
3. PVC Pipe Tool Hangers
Continuing on with the PVC pipe movement
PVC pipe has far more uses than to simply carry water into your home. If you are like me and have several different cordless/electric/air tools, you need a safe place to store them conveniently out of the way.
Putting them in a drawer is really not an option, but that space under a cabinet or shelf offers a great storage opportunity. Using 4-inch or larger PVC pipe, notch it out as shown and cut into lengths that are long enough to hold the tools securely. Mount the pipes under the cabinet and viola, instant storage
4. Overhead Storage Bins
Make use of the wasted space right under the ceiling of your shed
Plastic storage totes like these are cheap, sturdy, and readily available. The runners are made using 2x4s, 1x6s, and 1x4s. Start by attaching the 2x4 to the 1x6 using wood screws and glue. Then attach the 1x4 on the opposite side of the 2x4 using the same method.
The only thing left is to mount the rails on the ceiling of your shed spaced far enough apart for the bins to slide into easily, but close enough to ensure they can't fall out.
5. From Shoes to Glove and Small Tools
Take a simple hanging shoe holder and get creative
Whether you have an old shoe rack like this laying around or have to run out to your local discount department store and spend a few bucks, it will come in very handy.
You can hang it behind the door or anywhere there is enough open wall space. Use it to store gloves, secateurs, shears, and just about any other form of small hand tool.
6. Pie Pan Saw Blade Holders
Take a slice out of the pie pans for your blades
When you have several different types of circular saw blade laying around your shed, you can count on at least one or two of them becoming lost or damaged.
Why not take a couple of your wife's old (do NOT take the new ones) pie pans, cut them in half and mount them to a flat spot on the wall? Each pie pan yields two convenient holders that can hold several blades at a time.
7. Give Those Old Jars a New Lease on Life
An old standby that is just as good today as it was 50 years ago
Choose a selection of glass jars such as baby food, pickle, jelly, and jam. Wash them thoroughly and let them dry. Screw the lids to the bottom of a shelf or cabinet.
You can use the jars for nails, screws, nuts and bolts, and many other small items. The nice thing is you can see exactly what is in each jar and take them with you when working in the shed or anywhere else.
8. Magnetic Tool Holders
Stick your tools to any convenient spot in the shed
You can buy magnetic tool holders that can be bolted to any convenient spot on the wall, under a cabinet, on the edge of a bench, even the ceiling. Once hung, you can hang screwdrivers, small pairs of pliers, and pretty much any small hand tool on them.
Use them to keep all your small tools in one location. As an extra benefit, over time your tools will become magnetized making it easier to hang onto small screws.
9. Easy Up Hammer Rack
It's Hammer Time, with this simple to build hammer rack
Take one wood bookshelf and two metal tubes and create a great way to store your collection of hammers. All you have to do is cut a pair of round notches in the shelf supports for the tubes to rest in.
Be sure to leave enough space between them for your widest hammer handle. Then bolt the shelf to the wall and you are done. The whole project can be completed in less than thirty minutes.
10. Milk Jug Storage Bins
Milk (or milk jugs) does a shed good
While baby food jars are perfect for small items like nuts and bolts when you need something a little bigger, why not make use of all those plastic one-gallon milk jugs you have been recycling.
Start by cutting the top off at an angle. Then wash and dry the jugs thoroughly to eliminate any risk of sour milk smell. Grab a convenient bookshelf and boom, you have versatile storage units that can go with you anywhere.
11. Pegboard for Literally Anything
Large or small, pegboard can be used to store it all
Why waste an entire wall for one piece of pegboard? This design looks like the poster racks found in most department stores, except instead of posters you have pegboard.
As long as you mount the rack holder securely in place, you can store an amazing array of your favorite tools (you know the ones that tend to get lost the most) all in one convenient location.
12. Tie Rack Wrench Holder
Simplified wrench storage at its best
You can pick up one of these closet tie racks for just a few bucks. But instead of hanging your finest ties on it, why not use it to save your collection of wrenches from the tubs, buckets, drawers, benches, and who knows where else you currently store them?
The double rack lets you use one set of pegs for standard wrenches and the other for metric. And of course, you can spot a missing wrench in seconds prompting you to put it away before it gets lost.
13. Back to the PVC Pipe One More Time
A place for everything and everything in its place
PVC pipe has to be one of the most versatile materials for storage you are likely to ever find. Here we see a variety of pipes being screwed to a board at an angle.
These tubes can be used for pencils, wire ties, small hand tools, paint brushes, and more. The angle helps to keep everything from falling out and let you keep all those small things you usually lose safely in one place.
14. Simple Plier Storage
Turn that old towel rack into the perfect place for the many pairs of pliers you have
This is nothing more than a wood towel rack that has been repurposed. Instead of the towel bar, a piece of molding is used. The entire assembly is bolted to a convenient spot on the wall.
The taper of the molding fits nicely into the space between the handles at the joint. From pliers to wire cutter and tin snips, this is a good way to keep your tools neatly organized and out of the way.
15. Use Every Inch of Space Effectively
The space between the wall studs should never be wasted
When it comes to creative tool shed storage ideas, you should never waste as much as a single inch of available space, including the areas between each wall stud. All you need to do is install shelves between the studs.
You can screw the shelves in place or buy plastic shelf spacers like those in the picture for the ultimate in shed storage for an incredibly wide range of supplies.
Down to the Last Nut and Bolt
I hope you have enjoyed reading about these creative tool shed storage ideas I have found for you. To me, there is nothing worse than a disorganized shed. I hate wasting more time trying to find tools or parts than it takes to make the repairs or finish the project.
There are so many different ways to improve on and increase the amount of usable storage space you have in your shed, these are just a few of my favorites.
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