1. Ensure easy access
When deciding on the best place to store your tools, make sure they’re easy to access, but also secure and out of harm’s way. If using the garage, consider how much room you need to open the car door or unload groceries – you don’t want to negotiate a path obstructed by rakes and edge trimmers.
2. Use the walls as much as possible
Shelves are great for storing hand tools, gloves and potting paraphernalia. Try ’s ‘Broder’ shelving system in galvanised steel for a sleek, industrial look, or the more economical ‘gorm’ system in untreated timber. It’s best to hang long-handled tools, such as rakes, shovels and spades, using racks especially designed for the job, such as the Long Handle Tool Hanger from . Storing tools on the floor, even in the most orderly cluster, collects dust and can lead to damage. If wall storage is out of the question, try the rubbermaid Corner Tool Tower, from selected stores, which stores tools upside down by the handle.
3. Consider a pegboard
Once a common sight in garden sheds and garages (often decorated with the tools’ silhouettes to make inventory all the more precise), they seem to have faded out of fashion. Available from hardware stores, the smooth surface is typically pre-coated with a matt white undercoat and the perforations are ideal for attaching hooks or dowels. It’s a good option if you’re likely to maintain a neat, orderly display of small garden tools and return items to their designated spot after use.