How to Build a Basic Toolbox


Whether you’re living in an apartment, dorm, duplex or single-family home, there’s always going to be those days when something breaks or needs attention and it’s a simple fix. There’s no reason to empty your wallet for a project you can easily do yourself. Whether it’s hanging a picture frame, putting together that pesky IKEA desk or fixing a leaky pipe, a toolbox is the perfect solution to complete simple home-improvement projects. Take a look at the top 7 essentials to help you build a basic toolbox.

1. Tape Measure: Do you need new curtains but don’t know what size to get? That’s one of the many examples where a tape measure would come in handy. You need a tape measure for more than just room décor. It will come in handy for making sure furniture will fit into a room and measure widths to name a few. A good standard size tape measure should be 16-foot long and ¾ inch wide.

2. Electric Drill: You have no idea how handy an electric drill is until you actually have one and use it on a regular basis. Cordless drills are the way to go as they are convenient for working anywhere. Electric drills are handy for hanging heavy wall décor, putting furniture together and so much more. Keep in mind to get a cordless drill that utilizes different drill bits that can sand and stir paint.

3. Hammer: A good toolbox would not be complete without a hammer. Make sure you get a two-sided hammer. One side is used to put nails in, the other side is used to pull nails out. You never know when you’re going to need to hang a picture frame, fix nails coming out of your floor or pull old nails out of the wall.

4. Flashlight: Last time we checked, no one likes to be left in the dark. A flashlight is helpful on nights you lose power or have to go into a dark area of your home with no lighting. A flashlight should always be easily available in case of emergencies.

5. Utility Knife: There’s nothing more annoying than getting a package and have nothing to open it with. A utility knife is convenient for opening boxes and should always be included in your toolbox. If you don’t ready have one, consider a utility knife with built-in blade storage and rubber-covered handles.

6. Level: A crooked photo or wall décor is very displeasing. A Level ensures you hang everything perfectly straight. There are small level and mobile apps you can use as a “virtual level”, but a long 3-5 foot metal level is the way to go. It can also double as a straight edge. For extra convenience, try a hands-free laser level.

7. Screwdriver Set: From simple fixes, to prying the lids off of paint cans to changing the batteries in your child’s toy, screwdrivers are imperative. Try using a screwdriver with magnetic tips. This make the tool easy-to-use, and you don’t have to worry about losing grip on the screw. Buy a set with multiple sizes to fit any need.

Having a basic toolbox with knowledge how to use everything in it, can save you time and money in the long run. It’s always good to have basic knowledge of home improvement tasks so you can take simple fixes into your own hands. Start with these 7 basic tools when building your toolbox and you can soon branch out to more!