If you’re like most people, your toolbox is a mess of tools, screws and other bits and bobs. Perhaps it takes you five minutes to find the socket, drill bit or set of pliers you need every time you go searching. Sound about right? Then read on because, for a time, we were just like you.
Toolboxes are one of the hardest things in the home to keep organized due to their very nature. They are built to hold an array of small items, and really the only way to keep toolboxes tidy is to invest in built-for-purpose toolbox organizers.
These aids are built to hold your tools and small items. In general, there are six different types of toolbox organizers, allowing you to keep each type of tool in its rightful place.
- Tray: Kind of like the tray you keep in your silverware drawer to separate the knives from the forks, these trays are inserts that sit in the drawers of your toolbox. They allow you to keep your screws in one part of the tray and your drill bits in another. Some trays are even covered, allowing you to keep them inside or outside of your toolbox.
- Rack: Organization racks are specialized metal structures that either sit in toolbox drawers or on top of the toolbox itself. They can hold wrenches, pliers, files or screwdrivers in an upright or horizontal fashion.
- Foam: Some toolbox organizers are foam sheets that lay in drawers and boast cutout slots for various tools. These can come pre-cut by the manufacturer, or you can buy a foam roll to DIY your own organizational inserts.
- Magnetic: If the inside of your toolbox is full, a magnetic organizer can attach to its exterior, allowing you to attach magnetic tools to the outside of your toolbox. Some magnetic organizers have built-in shelves or can holders for non-metal or bulkier items.
- Shelves: Another way to add more space to your toolbox is to add a shelf to the top of it. Some shelves are simple, while others have a series of small drawers for your bits and bobs.
- Specialized: Finally, there are some specialized toolbox organizers that are designed to hold a specific type of tool. This is common in socket organizers, but you can also find specialized organizers for screwdrivers, wrenches and electronic tools.
From foam inserts to liners and plastic trays, these are the 20 best toolbox organizers you can order right now.
1. Made Smart Interlocking Drawer Organizer
The Made Smart Interlocking Drawer Organizer allows you to design your own organization system. The trays attach to one another on two sides for hundreds of different possible configurations. This set comes with three small square trays, which are ideal for screws and other bits and bobs, three oblong trays, which are great for screwdrivers, and two larger rectangular trays for everything else.
2. Ernst 5060-Red 16″ Tool Standard Wrench Organizer
BEST FOR WRENCHES
A standard set of wrenches includes 16 different sizes, and this Ernst Tool Standard Wrench Organizer was designed to hold them all in descending order. The plastic tray can be mounted on the wall or kept in your toolbox using double-sided or magnetic tape, which needs to be ordered separately. As an added bonus, this made-in-the-USA organizer comes with a lifetime guarantee.
3. Ernst Manufacturing Home and Garage Organizer Tray
BEST FOR SCREWDRIVERS
The Ernst Manufacturing Home and Garage Organizer Tray makes keeping your tools in order a simple task. The plastic tray includes 10 compartments and measures 11 by 16 inches. To use it, you simply need to slide the tray into your toolbox drawers and fill it with all your screwdrivers, pliers and nails. These organizers are available in four different colors and can sit next to each other with ease in standard toolbox drawers.
4. HDX 15-Compartment Interlocking Parts Organizer
Whether you have a toolbox or not, the HDX 15-Compartment Interlocking Parts Organizer can help you keep all your screws, bits and washers organized. This set comes with two organizers, and inside each one, you’ll find 15 compartments for separating any small pieces you have floating around your toolbox. These organizers can easily slip inside toolbox drawers, or they can be stacked one on top of the other and locked together for a customizable storage system.
5. Garage Ready Screwdriver Organizer Tray
MOST VISUALLY PLEASING
There’s just something about having all your tools laid out in an organized fashion that’s just pleasing to the eye. Add into that a color scheme that makes your gear stand out, and you’ve created a toolbox that will make you sigh with pleasure every time you look at it. The Garage Ready Screwdriver Organizer Tray provides just that type of satisfaction. The high-density foam insert provides individual slots for screwdrivers, files or chisels of various sizes, up to 13 inches long. If you like this style of toolbox organizer, Garage Ready also makes foam inserts for other types of tools, too.
6. Klein Tools Tradesman Pro Tool Case Organizer
BEST FOR ON-THE-GO ORGANIZATION
If you have tools that you regularly take with you out of your toolbox and on the go, you’ll need a case to carry them in and keep them together in your garage. That’s where the Klein Tools Tradesman Pro Tool Case Organizer comes in. This protective case was designed to hold and protect delicate instruments, like meters and tech devices. However, it can hold just about anything less than 10 inches long, five inches wide and two inches tall. It boasts a hard shell exterior yet has a soft interior lining and no-catch zips around the edges. Plus, the color scheme makes this case stand out from its surroundings.
7. Stalwart 73-Compartment Stackable Organizer
Designed for organizing craft supplies, the Stalwart 73-Compartment Stackable Organizer can do an equally good job at organizing your toolbox. The set includes six storage boxes of various sizes. Combined, these boxes boast 73 compartments, but they can be used individually in different drawers of your toolbox or different parts of your garage. And, if you don’t need all six for your tools, you can also use these clear, yellow boxes for fishing gear, art supplies or your sewing kit.
8. ToolAssort Plier Organizer Rack
BEST FOR PLIERS
If you use spring-loaded pliers and other handheld tools, you know how difficult they are to keep organized, especially when they’re constantly springing open. The Tool Assort Plier Organizer Rack solves that issue with its specially designed support bar to keep your tools closed and upright. Each rack has five slots for spring-loaded pliers, four for wide handled tools and six slots for normal pliers. This pack comes with two organizational racks.
9. Husky Magnetic Tool Organization Panel
Because most toolboxes are made of metal, a magnetic panel can be a very useful addition for keeping your toolbox organized. This panel can attach to any metal drawer or hang on the exterior of the toolbox. It then holds metal tools in place using a magnetic force. Alternatively, hooks and adaptors can be added to the slots in the panel to hold plastic or other non-metal pieces. This is an especially helpful organizer to have on the outside of your toolbox if you have a few tools that you use often and want to keep within arm’s reach.
10. FastCap Kaizen Black/White Foam
BEST FOR DIY ORGANIZATION
For a DIY approach to organization, look no further than the FastCap Kaizen Foam. This thick foam is designed to lay inside your toolbox, allowing you to cut holes out of the foam in just the same size as your tools. Then, all you need to do is slip your tools in the foam for an excellent way to organize the toolbox. The super tough foam includes a 1/8-inch thick white layer with a thin black layer on top.
11. Olsa Tools Magnetic Can Holder
BEST FOR CANS
Not all the tools in your toolbox take the elongated shape of wrenches, screwdrivers and bits. Sometimes, the hardest tools to keep organized are those that come in spray cans, like WD40, wasp removal spray or brake spray. The Olsa Tools Magnetic Can Holder gives you somewhere to keep these aerosol cans so that they stop getting in the way. This holder uses magnets to attach to the exterior of a standing toolbox, and it has three round cut-outs to hold three cans of your choosing. Of course, you can also add more holders to your toolbox if you have more cans to organize.
12. B&C Home Goods Professional Tool Box Liner
If you don’t want to keep your tools in fixed positions but would like to prevent them from sliding around and banging against one another, try layering your drawers, worktops and toolbox with this B&C Home Goods Professional Tool Box Liner. Not only does the thick material ensure a soft landing for your tools when you set them down, but it also sports a textured grip and non-adhesive surface which can be wiped down for easy cleaning. In addition, the tough build quality is made to last and comes in two different-sized rolls, depending on your storage needs.
13. Akro-Mils 24 Drawer Hardware and Craft Cabinet
BEST UPRIGHT ORGANIZER
Rather than having a hundred small boxes full of hooks, pins, bolts and bits, store them all in one place with the Akro-Mils 24 Drawer Hardware and Craft Cabinet. Its rugged, high-impact-plastic frame gives the cabinet plenty of durability, while each near-unbreakable drawer provides just the right amount of space for your storage needs. There are 24 drawers in total inside this USA-made organizer, which is great for crafting, fishing and other hobbies in addition to toolbox organization.
14. Eastwood Magnetic Shelf Three Pack
BEST ORGANIZER SET
Is your toolbox at capacity? Is it jammed full of wrenches, nuts, bolts, bits and seemingly everything else under the sun? Create more storage space with the Eastwood Magnetic Shelf Three Pack. These organizers attach to the exterior of metal toolboxes to hold aerosol cans, screwdrivers, paintbrushes and other small bits. The extra strong, rubber-coated magnets protect the paint on your toolbox while ensuring this shelf can hold heavy stuff, like tools and full cans. In addition to three different shelves, this multi-pack also includes a magnetic paper towel holder for your convenience.
15. Olsa Tools Portable Socket Organizer Tray
BEST FOR SOCKETS
Rather than wasting your time searching through a messy pile every time you need a socket, why not keep them in order with this Olsa Tools Portable Socket Organizer Tray? The four lines of spring-loaded ball bearing clips make it easy to arrange your 1/4-inch, 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch sockets in ascending order to make finding the one you’re after a two-second job. Furthermore, you’ll also find a heavy-duty backing on the organizer. There are two different sizes and two different colors to choose from.
16. Olsa Tools Magnetic Socket Holder
BEST MOUNTABLE ORGANIZER
If you’re looking for an easy way to organizer your sockets, this magnetic organizer from Olsa Tools is a great option. It has numbered slots for sockets of different sizes, making it easier to find the one you’re looking for. Plus, the socket pockets are magnetic, meaning you can mount this tray to the side of your cabinet and the sockets will stay in place.
17. SimpleHouseware Stackable Sliding Basket Organizer Drawer
While this is designed for kitchen cabinets or under the sink, it’s also a great option in the garage. The two-tiered shelving system is made from metal, so it’s a more durable option than some plastic alternatives. The mesh design makes it easy to see the contents of the cabinet as well. Both shelves slide out for easy access, and you can store items on top of the shelf.
18. Grypmat Pro, Original Flexible Tool Tray Organizer
This tool tray from Grypmat is made from a flexible silicone material that gently grips whatever surface it’s placed on. That means you can keep it on angled and unstable surfaces and it’ll stay in place. It comes in a few different sizes, and the small model has four larger cells for storing tools and two smaller cells for storing bolts and other small pieces. Its silicone construction makes it heat resistant, so you can place it directly on a hot engine without damaging it.
19. Casabella Cleaning Handle Bucket
If you’re looking to take your tools on the go, consider this carrying caddy from Casabella. It’s designed for cleaning supplies, but it can very easily be used for small tools and other garage essentials. It’s made from lightweight plastic, so it’s easy to take on the go, and the silicone grip makes it more comfortable to carry.
20. Kootek 9 Pcs Desk Drawer Organizer Trays
These simple trays from Kootek are ideal for organizing your desk, kitchen drawers and of course, your tool cabinet. This set includes nine plastic transparent trays that vary in size so you can easily store long but narrow tools and larger items. The transparent design also reduces visual clutter and makes it easier to see what you’re looking for.