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7 Toolbox Organisation Ideas

As a former engineer and electrician, I know just how important it is for your toolboxes to be organised efficiently. I’m sure it’s already happened to you - you’re in the middle of an important job, you’re rummaging through your messy toolbox, but you can’t find that one important tool or device that you need to get the task finished. In some cases, it’s actually missing - but with zero tool organisation, there’s no way of knowing until it’s too late.

So, if you’ve ever been in the same boat, I’m going to run down some of the best ways to organise your toolbox in the following blog, from using our one-of-a-kind polyethylene Shadow Foam, to some general tips and tricks for toolbox efficiency.

So let’s take a look!

Why Tool Organisation is Important

Imagine this: you're in the zone, halfway through a project, when suddenly you need that one specific screwdriver. But it's nowhere to be found. Frustrating, right? Tool organisation might seem like a chore, but it's important for a number of reasons: firstly, it saves time. No more rummaging through drawers or boxes looking for the right tool. Everything has its place, and you know exactly where that place is.

Secondly, it extends the life of your tools. Proper storage prevents damage, rust, and dust build-up, ensuring your tools stay in top condition for longer. Plus, it's a safety issue; a cluttered workspace can actually be a hazard, with the potential for trips, falls, or worse. And last but not least, it's about pride: a neat, organised space is a reflection of professionalism and care for your craft, and makes your workspace a place where creativity and productivity flourishes.

So, what’s the best way to organise your tools?

Shadow Foam: The Customisable Champion

First on my list, and for good reason, is Shadow Foam. It's pretty much the Swiss Army knife of tool organisation. Imagine a foam insert that can be custom cut to snugly fit each tool in your collection - that not only keeps your tools safe and sound - but also instantly highlights if something is missing. It's like a security blanket for your tools, basically! Plus, it's a visual treat. Opening a drawer to see every tool perfectly outlined in foam? That's satisfaction on a whole new level.

Just take a look at how easily I managed to sort a messy toolbox in just one hour in this video.

Made from 100% polyethylene, Shadow Foam can be cut and peeled easily, allowing you to create custom foam liners for any toolbox.

And if you’re not sure where to begin, take a look at the following blog, where I go over everything you need to know about ways to use Shadow Foam, and how to choose the right foam inserts for your project.

Magnetic Strips

Another great idea for a tool box organiser is magnetic strips: magnetic strips are a sleek, space-saving way to store your metal tools. Just mount a strip on the wall, and voilà, your tools are up and out of the way, yet still within easy reach.

It's like having your own personal tool display, making selection a breeze and adding a professional flair to your workspace.


Pegboards aren't just a throwback to your grandad's workshop; they're also a timeless solution for tool organisation. With a variety of hooks and shelves that can be repositioned, pegboards offer the ultimate in flexibility, so whether you're reorganising or expanding your collection, your storage can evolve with your needs.

It's a dynamic, visual, and efficient way to keep everything in check.

Colour Coding System

We can’t talk about toolbox organisation without mentioning colour coding! Shadow Foam’s got a bunch of colours to pick from, so you can mix and match foam inserts to suit your tools and projects. It’s not just about making things look good (though, let's be honest, it's pretty cool to see your gear all matched up).

It's about slashing the time you spend hunting for that one socket or screwdriver. Pop open a drawer, and bam, there's your set of Allen keys, sitting pretty in their blue foam cut-out, right where they should be.

Dedicated Space

You’ll also want to consider having dedicated spaces for your tools; think of one corner dedicated just to your power tools, another to your hand tools, and maybe a special spot for all those painting supplies. It’s about making your space work smarter, not harder.

You’ll know exactly where to beeline when you need something, slashing those annoying trips back and forth across the room. Again, you can easily do this by simply colour-coding your drawers with Shadow Foam.

Wall-Mounted Shelves

Let's face it, floor space in a workshop is sacred ground, and cluttering it up with more cabinets isn't always the answer. That's where wall-mounted shelves come into play, turning those bare walls into prime real estate for your tools. But don't just slap up any old shelf; make it count.

Picture this: shelves lined with Shadow Foam, creating a cushioned throne for each of your tools. Not only does this keep your gear in top-notch condition, but it also adds an extra layer of organisation and accessibility

Portable Storage and Van Racking

Finally, if you’re a handyman on the go, it’s also important to think about portable storage solutions. After all, being out-and-about on the job can often mean misplacing or losing tools, especially if they’re not organised. This is another instance where Shadow Foam can come in handy, both for protection and efficiency.

With Shadow Foam inserts in your van rack, your tools will be cushioned in a bespoke bed, safe from the jostles and jolts of travel. And when it's time to get to work, you'll know exactly where every tool is, thanks to the custom layout and optional colour coding. No more rummaging, and no more tool damage from poor storage.

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