How to Organize Your Top Tool Chest

If you do a lot of work on cars, whether as a hobby, for work or just out of necessity, you’re probably on the lookout for the perfect solution for your tool storage needs.

Many garages end up having tools scattered around, laying on top of tables and work benches, or even on top of other appliances. Others end up with tools spread out through many smaller tool chests and boxes.

Smaller and more portable tool chests are an important part of any mechanic or handyman’s arsenal, but you should also have a comprehensive solution for the many times you’re doing work right in your garage.

A good top tool chest is going to make organization of your tools so much easier than it has ever been before.

A high-quality top tool chest will have a few handy features that will help your workflow while also cleaning up your garage.

You’ve probably seen television shows about car repair or enhancement that feature giant tool chests that are organized to perfection. Would you like your tool chest to look like this as well?

How can you go about keeping all of your tools organized?


The first thing you’ll need to do is sort out your different types of tools. You’re likely to have open ended wrenches, as well as a couple of socket wrenches and a range of sockets. You’ll probably also have some screwdrivers, pliers, saws, and hammers.

Ultimately, you should have a separate drawer for each of the different types of tools that you own.

The top of the chest might be a good place to keep miscellaneous items such as gloves or safety goggles since you’re not likely to have enough of those that they’ll need their very own drawer.


Once you’ve decided where your wrenches and sockets should go, you’ll want actually to arrange them by size, possibly even making labels. It can be difficult to read the various sizes of your wrenches since the print is raised and usually very small. Making labels can make it much simpler to find the one that you need later on.

To keep things organized, you could purchase and cut some foam and insert it in between the different tools that are sharing drawer space. This will help you to find the right tool later on, and will make it easier to remember exactly where to find what you need.

It’s also possible to purchase a thin sheet of foam, and then carve out an area for each wrench or socket. This will help keep your tools from sliding around when drawers are opened or closed. If that’s too serious for you, you could simply purchase some foam or fabric material that can keep things from sliding around. Many drawers will have liners in them that should help with this as well.

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