Tool Organizers Buying Guide

You've bought your tools—now you need to figure out where to put them all. Tool organizers can help you keep your tools in order and within easy reach. Use this buying guide to learn more about the various types of tool organizers available and determine which kind is right for you.

Types of Tool Organizers

Types of Tool Organizers

Take an inventory of the tools you have in your possession before shopping. This will be a big factor in helping you determine which type of organizer is best for your storage needs. Some tool organizers are designed to be stationary, while others are portable. Some organizers can hold a handful of essential tools, while more extensive storage systems can help you outfit a deluxe home workshop. Here's a look at the most common options available.

Bucket Organizer

This type of tool organizer is made from a rugged fabric or polyester bag that is placed inside a 5-gallon bucket (usually purchased separately). Lightweight and inexpensive, bucket organizers often have multiple pockets, leaving tools sorted and neatly arranged yet visible. Because a bucket organizer is not enclosed, privacy and security can be a concern. And if tipped or knocked over, its contents can spill.

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Home Plus
$285.43

Highlights: Length: 13" Height: 2.4" Width: 13" Fits most 5 gallon buckets 2 removable dividers Perfect organization for screws, n...ails or other mall hardware parts Floor Display of 40 read more

Klein Tools
$54.62

Tool Storage Bucket, Number of Pockets (Inside) 15, Number of Pockets (Outside) 0, Material Plastic Exterior, Canvas Interior, Pol...ypropylene Bottom, Orange, Oval Shape, Drain Holes On Bottom, Non-Conductive Hard BodyFeaturesColor: OrangeDepth (In.) : 7Features: Oval Shape, Drain Holes On Bottom, Non-Conductive Hard BodyFor Use With: Not Load RatedHeight (In.) : 10Item: Tool Storage BucketMaterial: Plastic Exterior, Canvas Interior, Polypropylene BottomWidth (In.) : 14Number of Pockets (Inside) : 15Number of Pockets (Outside) : 0 read more

Klein Tools
$56.26

Tool Storage Bucket, w/Handles, Number of Pockets (Inside) 15, Number of Pockets (Outside) 0, Material Plastic Exterior, Canvas In...terior, Polypropylene Bottom, Orange, Oval Shape, Drain Holes On Bottom, Non-Conductive Hard BodyFeaturesColor: OrangeDepth (In.) : 7Features: Oval Shape, Drain Holes On Bottom, Non-Conductive Hard BodyFor Use With: Not Load RatedHeight (In.) : 10Item: Tool Storage BucketMaterial: Plastic Exterior, Canvas Interior, Polypropylene BottomType: w/HandlesWidth (In.) : 14Number of Pockets (Inside) : 15Number of Pockets (Outside) : 0 read more

Toolbox

Typically this type of organizer is constructed from heavy plastic or metal and contains inner compartments. Some models contain trays with spaces or sections designed for specific tools. And some come with several stacked drawers. Toolboxes are easily transported around the house or to various job sites.

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Stanley Consumer Tools
$41.17

Storage Tool Box Bundle, Includes: 1 Each 16" Essential Tool Box With Tool Tray #TST16331, 1 Each 1" x 25' Powerlock Tape Measure ...#33-425, 1 Each Quick Change Utility Knife #10-788, 50 Pack Utility Blades With Dispenser #11-921L, 10 Piece Screwdriver Set read more

Buyers Products Company
$517.93

Constructed of heavy-duty diamond-tread aluminum, the Buyers Aluminum Cross Box Full Size is designed for use with trucks that hav...e 6.5- or 8-foot beds. This box mounts easily to the side rails of your pickup with no drilling required; simply use the included hardware and J-hooks. Installation causes the box to be suspended from the rails, allowing for clearance and extra storage underneath. This tool box features a wide-opening lid that runs the length of the box, allowing for easy access to what's inside. The lid opens and closes with the use of gas shocks to prevent slamming and provide extra safety and ease of use. A one-touch push-button rotary locking mechanism locks the lid securely to protect tools. Inside, a removable sliding storage tray with dividers keeps items of various sizes organized. The Buyers Aluminum Cross Box Full-Size comes in your choice of lengths and heights. Please measure your truck bed to ensure the correct fit. Size Details 71L x 20W x 18H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed71L x 20W x 23H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed71L x 27W x 18H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed71L x 27W x 23H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed with slant (BYP019-1) read more

BAK
$289.00

Because of the materials used to make the BakBox it can support a load capacity of 400lbs. This means that it can hold a lot more ...than just your tool set. It can be used for numerous different things in fact it's even been seen being used as a cooler for drinks. Simply throw some ice and drinks in it and you're ready to go. The BakBox is constructed of the same material as the BakFlip tonneau covers to give it maximum strength and durability. The panel cores are made from EPS polystyrene which is completely waterproof. You may have noticed from the pictures that the BakBox does not have a lid. Because it sits in the truck the tonneau cover acts as a lid when closed. The BakBox is very simple to install and can be done at home with a few simple tools. There is no drilling required because it simply hangs on the rails of your tonneau cover. The installation can usually be completed in less than 30 minutes. We have trained professionals that can walk you through the install. When you purchase the BakBox Bak Industries covers it with a 1 year manufacturer warranty. This protects the product from any defects in the materials and workmanship for up to 1 year after the purchase date. Works with Bakflip and Roll-X Covers Make of Same Material as Bakflip Covers Folds up Against Cab when not in use Easy No Drill Installation Holds up to 400 lbs 1 Year Warranty read more

Agri-Cover
$471.75

07-08 Toyota Tundra 6.5ft Bed With Deck Rail The XT direct tension control allows you to fine tune the tension of your cover with ...the turn of a dial AutoLatch automatically secures the cover when closing, to open simply pull the quick release cord Includes a sealing header bar adaptable for most 20"-21" over-the-rail toolboxes Fast Clamp-On Installation, and includes a Slide Lock to secure your tailgate read more

Tool Chest

This type of tool organizer has drawers and often a lid that hinges open. Some models are designed with a top chest that sits on a cabinet that also has multiple drawers or doors. Typically this type of organizer is modular, allowing other pieces to be added to create a bigger unit (often referred to as a combo tool chest). A professional-level tool chest will have more extensive features that provide additional protection and sturdiness. Most are made from metal—often steel. Some feature locks on each drawer for additional security. More costly than other types of organizers, tool chests sometimes come with multiyear warranties.

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Homegear
$119.99

Homegear has built an incredible tool chest that will solve space concerns in your workspace. This large tool chest is ideal for g...arages or workshops. For storage, you have a top-box with three small drawers and three wide drawers, while the roll-cab houses an additional two spacious drawers. Even the small touches impress with this tool chest. Each drawer features heavy-duty casters, lockable swivels, and anti-slip mats to keep tools in place. Each drawer moves smoothly thanks to ball-bearing sliders. Visually, the tool chest also impresses. Homegear has finished the chest in a black gloss that just looks awesome. Features: Cold rolled steel construction Three small drawers and three wide drawers for top-box One roll-cab with two drawers Ball-bearing slides on all drawers (drawer-divider not included) Black gloss powder-coated finish with double walls 3" x 1" heavy-duty casters, four swivels, two breaks, and anti-slip mats in all drawers Top-chest is lockable Specifications: Overall dimension:(L x W x H) 24.4 x 13 x 42.9 in Top chest:-3 x Third Drawers: 5.9 x 8.9 x 1.6 in -2 x Full Width Drawers: 20.1 x 8.9 x 1.6 in -1 x Full Width Drawer: 20.1 x 8.9 x 3.5 in Roller cabinet:-2 x Full Width Drawers: 20.1 x 12 x 3.5 in Weight: 50.2 lbs -Max weight of drawer: 13.2 lbs Find extra space in your garage or workshop with this large tool chest from Homegear. read more

Stanley Consumer Tools
$41.17

Storage Tool Box Bundle, Includes: 1 Each 16" Essential Tool Box With Tool Tray #TST16331, 1 Each 1" x 25' Powerlock Tape Measure ...#33-425, 1 Each Quick Change Utility Knife #10-788, 50 Pack Utility Blades With Dispenser #11-921L, 10 Piece Screwdriver Set read more

Excel
$127.29

Keeping your tools organized can be a big job. Make it easier on yourself, or on the handyman in your life, with the Excel 5 Drawe...r Tool Chest. Designed for no-fuss use and high-pressure performance, this chest is made from double-walled steel for superior strength. The five drawers each have 55-pound ball bearing drawer slides for smooth performance, and feature catch-and-hold systems that keep them from accidentally opening. Four of the drawers measure 22.4W x 10.8D x 1.85H inches, while the fifth drawer is 22.4W x 10.8D x 2.8H inches. Overall, the chest measures 26W x 12D x 16H inches- just the right size for use in basements, garages, or workrooms. A powder-coated paint finish keeps this chest looking great; it resists chips and scratches even in rough work environments. Weighs 47.5 pounds. About Excel International Inc. Excel International Inc. has been in the business of designing and manufacturing high-quality tool storage systems since 2003, and they've so far serviced a dozen prestigious OEM and ODM customers worldwide. Their product line includes portable toolboxes, tool chests, tool carts and workstations, etc. The Excel factory is near Shanghai, China, and they have a service center in the United States. (EXC039-1) read more

Excel
$134.11

Double-wall steel construction5 ball-bearing slide drawers26W x 12D x 16H inchesHeavy-duty welded lifting handlesPowder-coat scrat...ch-resistant finish Keeping your tools organized can be a big job. Make it easier on yourself, or on the handyman in your life, with the Excel 5 Drawer Tool Chest. Designed for no-fuss use and high-pressure performance, this chest is made from double-walled steel for superior strength. The five drawers each have 55-pound ball bearing drawer slides for smooth performance, and feature catch-and-hold systems that keep them from accidentally opening. Four of the drawers measure 22.4W x 10.8D x 1.85H inches, while the fifth drawer is 22.4W x 10.8D x 2.8H inches. Overall, the chest measures 26W x 12D x 16H inches- just the right size for use in basements, garages, or workrooms. ; A powder-coated paint finish keeps this chest looking great; it resists chips and scratches even in rough work environments. Weighs 47.5 pounds. ; About Excel International Inc. Excel International Inc. has been in the business of designing and manufacturing high-quality tool storage systems since 2003, and they've so far serviced a dozen prestigious OEM and ODM customers worldwide. Their product line includes portable toolboxes, tool chests, tool carts and workstations, etc. The Excel factory is near Shanghai, China, and they have a service center in the United States. read more

Truck Toolbox

Designed to fit in a truck bed, this type of tool organizer can be placed just behind the cab, along the side of the bed, on the tailgate, or connected to the hitch. The number of tools you want to store and the size of the truck bed will be factors in selecting a specific model. Some truck toolboxes provide only an oversize, open area for storage, while others are compartmentalized with shelves, drawers, or other features. Often a truck toolbox locks for security.

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Tradesman
$432.92

The Lund 9305DB 72-Inch Aluminum Full Lid Cross Bed Truck Tool Box is ideal for storing boat, equestrian, motorcycle and snowmobil...e accessories and construction equipment. Made of aluminum, this box will fit on most full-size trucks. The diamond-tread finish withstands unimaginable beatings, stays clean and scratchless and protects against water and rust. An electrostatically applied finish and Ethafoam mounting strips protect against abrasions and scratching. This box has a one piece, no sag construction and compact, out-of-the-way design with a notched lid and secure locking mechanism. Top mount boxes are a great solution for adding extra secure storage while not compromising your view of the road or the clean look of your vehicle. With waterproof gaskets and a front opening panel, this box is easy to open and does not leak. The low, aerodynamic mounted top rail design offers maximum visibility and complements today's sleek truck designs. This product measures 72-inches (L) "inside flatbed" by 20.5-inches (H) by 18-inches (W). Backed by 30-years of experience and the Lund brand, the Lund 9305DB 72-Inch Aluminum Full Lid Cross Bed Truck Tool Box comes with a limited lifetime warranty that protects against defects in materials and workmanship. Lund is one of the world's leading automotive accessory providers offering functional, high-performance, protective and stylish products for trucks, SUVs, CUVs, vans and passenger cars. Lund products include: hood protections, running boards, floor coverings, exterior accessories, storage boxes, bed and grille coverings and much more. read more

Buyers Products Company
$517.93

Constructed of heavy-duty diamond-tread aluminum, the Buyers Aluminum Cross Box Full Size is designed for use with trucks that hav...e 6.5- or 8-foot beds. This box mounts easily to the side rails of your pickup with no drilling required; simply use the included hardware and J-hooks. Installation causes the box to be suspended from the rails, allowing for clearance and extra storage underneath. This tool box features a wide-opening lid that runs the length of the box, allowing for easy access to what's inside. The lid opens and closes with the use of gas shocks to prevent slamming and provide extra safety and ease of use. A one-touch push-button rotary locking mechanism locks the lid securely to protect tools. Inside, a removable sliding storage tray with dividers keeps items of various sizes organized. The Buyers Aluminum Cross Box Full-Size comes in your choice of lengths and heights. Please measure your truck bed to ensure the correct fit. Size Details 71L x 20W x 18H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed71L x 20W x 23H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed71L x 27W x 18H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed71L x 27W x 23H inches= fits full-size pickup with 6.5- or 8-foot bed with slant (BYP019-1) read more

Tradesman
$602.50

Fits most full-size trucksConstructed of diamond plate aluminumMounting strips to prevent truck finish damageDual lid for easy acc...essSturdy 3-finger double-latch paddle handle read more

Wall-Mount Organizer

If space is of concern, consider a tool organizer that mounts to a wall. This type of organizer keeps tools in order and within easy reach, yet out of the way of work surfaces. Wall-mount tool organizers offer versatility, allowing you to store tools multiple ways. Pegboard panels in particular are available with various accessories, such as screwdriver holders, hammer holders, U-hooks, and brackets.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When it comes to selecting the right tool organizer, you'll want to first consider the number and type of tools you need to store. You'll also want to think about how and where you use the tools. Will you be working in one place, or do you need to move your tools around the house or to another location? Will you be bringing your toolbox outside, or will it stay inside? The answers to these questions can help you choose a storage system that will best suit your needs.

Hardware

Tool organizers will obviously store your tools, but you'll also need a place for screws, nuts, bolts, or nails. If both tools and hardware are in one spot, you'll have everything you need for a project close at hand and easily accessible. Some organizers have built-in compartments to house hardware, while others allow additional containers to be added.

Material

Tool organizers are made from various materials, such as metal, stainless steel, or wood. If there is a chance your tool organizer will be exposed to the elements, you'll want to find an organizer constructed of a material that is durable and long-lasting. Some materials, such as stainless steel, are more resistant to rust and easier to clean.

Portability

How, when, and where you use tools should factor into the type of tool organizer you choose. Some organizers are portable, which enables them to be easily transported from location to location. Even if you plan to just work with your tools at home, you may still have the need for limited portability.

Weight

Consider the weight of the tools you'll place in the organizer, and be sure to note the weight limit of the organizer itself before purchasing. The organizer may have enough space to fit several tools in a single drawer, but the drawer itself may not be able to support the weight of all those tools combined. Some organizers have larger drawers with the option for two sets of drawer slides, which essentially doubles the overall weight they can support.

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