8 Creative Ways to Store Hardware and Tools in Your Workshop 8 Creative Ways to Store Hardware and Tools in Your Workshop

I know you. I've been inside your workshop. Man, what a mess you have! There are nuts and bolts scattered all over the place and your tools are nowhere to be found when you need them. You need help organizing your workshop, and I know because I've been there. We both take pride in working with our hands. We get satisfaction from finishing a project ourselves. We don't pride ourselves, however, in organizing and keeping up with our hardware and tools. In this article, you'll find some tips and tricks to help get that workshop in order and find ways to store all your hardware and tools.

Muffin Tins

When was the last time you baked muffins in the kitchen? Probably never, right? Those muffin tins, however, are a great way to store small screws, electrical parts, or any hardware that will fit in these small trays. You can put together a wooden storage box and have the muffin tins slide in and out as needed. You can also save more work space and fasten the tins under a shelf with flat machine screws so that they can pivot out for easy access.

Military Ammunition Boxes

Steel ammunition boxes will keep tools and hardware from rusting. They are also watertight, which prevents corrosion. They can be used to store your nail guns or any tools and hardware worth protecting from the elements. You can pick these up at any military surplus store and sometimes even at garage sales or Craigslist, where I've found them for free.

Cocoa Containers

Hardware spilling out of a bucket.

The kids just finished the last of Nesquick—but don't throw away the container! These babies can hold a lot of hardware and take up less space than coffee cans. Plus, the're easy to grab when needed. They can hold your 16d nails, drywall screws, deck screws, lag bolts, and more.

Used Motor Oil Containers

Motor oil containers are another awesome way to store small screws, trim nails, and more. All you have to do is take a utility knife and cut away one side. Of course, you'll want to first clean out the oil residue and then you can load them up with all those little parts scattered on your work table.

Laundry Detergent Bottles

I used to use plastic soda bottles, however, I've found empty laundry detergent bottles work much better because they are a little bigger and they also have a handle. Detergent bottles will also hold a huge supply of nails and screws or nuts and bolts. Cut off the top of the detergent bottle and fill it up!

Hang up Shower Curtain Rings

A hook in a pegboard.

The only thing more satisfying than finishing a project yourself is knowing exactly where your tools are when you need them. Pegboards come in many fashions and sizes and are always a great space saver. When using a pegboard, you will need some type of hooks to hang all your tools on it. Shower curtain rings are a cheap and easy way to display all your wrenches and you can even load the rings up with various sized washers and nuts.

A Corner Tower Rack or Wall Rack

Stop tossing all of your brooms, rakes, and shovels in the corner. A corner tower rack is a great solution for long-handled items. Some corner racks even come on wheels so can move them around the workshop or garage with ease.

Another great system for your cleaning tools and shovels is to install a wall rack. These systems can be purchased in many shapes and forms and will clear more floor space. Plus, you won't be stumbling over them anymore.


I have misplaced or lost countless drill bits and small sockets over the years. These little items can be quite expensive to replace and it's a pain digging around trying to find the right size bit or socket. A magnetic strip attached to the wall or workbench is an ideal way of keeping track of all your smaller tools.

By using these tips and tricks you will be able to save time in all your projects by knowing exactly where your tools and hardware are when you need them. You will also save money by using these inexpensive methods to organize your workshop.

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