When it comes to taking on home projects, there are some inevitable truths. You will make multiple trips to the hardware store. You will likely have to watch the same tutorial or read the same instructions repeatedly. You will probably get some kind of small injury like a paper cut or stubbed thumb that hurts as much as a broken leg (why do the small injuries hurts so much?). And you will very likely misplace your tools. That’s why you need a tool apron.
We can’t help you with the first few issues, but when it comes to misplacing your tools we do have a solution. Tool aprons are an item we often only think of being used by professional blacksmiths or woodworkers, but they should be a must-have for anyone who does work around the home. With low price points and high usability, tool aprons are about to become your favorite DIY project assistant.
If you plan on doing any kind of project that requires tools, having your measuring tape, screwdrivers, hammer, nails, and level within arms’ reach can make a tough job much easier. There’s nothing worse than finally locating the stud in your wall and realizing that your pencil for marking, hammer for hitting, and nail for hanging are on the other side of the room.
Even if you’re not planning on doing any heavy-duty DIY projects, tool aprons are still great for working around the house. Waterproof options are ideal for planting spring flowers, with longer aprons protecting your knees from the soil and keeping work gloves and shovels on your body. Crafters can also benefit from tool aprons, which not only protect their clothes from paint and glue but also keep all of their small tools in one place. Tool aprons are even great for cleaning the house, with tons of pockets making it easy to move through rooms with microfiber cloths, cleaning sprays, sponges and more.
Which tool apron is best for you? Check our great options below and get to work!
1. EcoZen Shop Apron
Handcrafted from 16 oz. waxed canvas and made with reinforced grommets and rivets, double-stitched tool pockets for added strength and durability and thick top and bottom hems, the EcoZen Shop Apron is a heavy-duty option built for the toughest DIY projects. Our team loves that the apron is flexible and moves with you, good news for anyone who has to bend, stretch, or move quickly while working on their project. With two adjustable clasps in the mid-back and waist, the apron evenly distributes weight and doesn’t pull on your neck, which is good news if you like to load up your apron with heavy tools.
Pros: The apron comes with a specially designed cell phone pocket that can fit any phone up to an iPhone 8, keeping it safe and handy for when you need to watch that DIY tutorial one more time.
Cons: The straps can be difficult to adjust.
2. NoCry Professional Canvas Work Apron
With 16 pockets for holding tools and padded shoulder, neck and waist straps, the NoCry is a great option for a variety of DIY projects. The apron is ergonomically designed to help distribute weight evenly across the shoulders, which is good news for people who like the load up their apron with tools. Made from 600D Oxford Canvas, the apron has a waterproof exterior that makes it suitable for wearing while cleaning. A variety of pocket sizes provides spaces for small and large tools and bottles.
Pros: The bib-style one size fits all apron features straps that can be adjusted to fit XXS to XXL.
Cons: The apron is not flame retardant and can’t be machine washed, which is important to note depending on your project.
3. Arsenal 5706 Canvas Waist Tool Apron
Ergonomically designed and made from 14oz abrasion-resistant canvas, the Arsenal 5706 Canvas Waist Tool Apron is a great option for anyone who wants to keep their tools handy and don’t require bib coverage. The short style of the apron makes it easy for users to bend and move while still keeping their tools in reaching distance. Waist straps can be adjusted from 28 inches to 52 inches and the belt includes 13 pockets and two hammer loops. Arsenal also offers other waist-style aprons and full coverage aprons with up to 22 pockets.
Pros: The belt is ergonomically designed to evenly distribute weight and keep the pockets balanced.
Cons: The Arsenal apron is somewhat thin and may not hold up as well to heavy use as other options.
4. Hudson Durable Goods Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron
For an apron that can keep up with big projects, we recommend the Hudson Durable Goods Heavy Duty Waxed Canvas Work Apron. The full coverage apron is made with water-resistant, durable 16 oz waxed canvas. Gun-metal grommets and rivets, double stitching on the tool pockets and extra-thick hems all combine to make an apron that is built to last. An accessories pocket for a phone and pen is on the top corner of the apron and larger tool pockets are placed lower down. The apron features a hanging hammer loop around the back and a cross-back strap design for added comfort.
Pros: A kangaroo-style hand pocket hits the midline of the apron and provides a comfortable resting spot for hands.
Cons: The apron is recommended for users who are 5’2” and taller.
5. Dickies 5-Pocket Single Side Tool Belt Pouch
For the convenience of a traditional apron without any of the movement restrictions, try the Dickies 5-Pocket Single Side Tool Belt Pouch. Designed to be worn to one side, the slim tool belt has five pockets in a variety of sizes to hold work gloves, tools, pens and a cellphone. A high impact plastic buckle provides easy on and off functions and users can adjust the size of the belt between 32 and 52 inches. Built to last, the belt pouch is made with heavy-duty canvas and has reinforced webbing on all five pockets.
Pros: The belt pouch is available in black, white and tan (shown here).
Cons: It can be difficult to tighten the belt enough to fit users with smaller waists.
6. Carhartt Men’s Duck Nail Apron
From a trusted name in construction wear comes a tool belt that provides extra pockets that help keep tools and nails close by. The Carhartt Men’s Duck Nail Apron is 100 percent cotton and is safe for the washing machine, which is great for dirty jobs. Made with 12 oz, firm-hand cotton duck fabric, the apron features Carhartt’s signature tan color. Six large pockets and two hammer loops are included in the belt, which features an adjustable nylon belt and quick-release plastic buckle.
Pros: Customers can choose from three size options for a belt that best fits their body type.
Cons: The location of the pencil pocket is in the middle of the belt, which can stab users when they bend over.
7. Bucket Boss Canvas SuperWaist Work Apron
If you want the pockets of a traditional tool apron but don’t want the full coverage bib design, we have a suggestion. The Bucket Boss Canvas SuperWaist Work Apron has 13 pockets that can accommodate tape measures, nails, screws, pencils, screwdrivers and other small tools. Two hammer loops are also included on either side of the belt. Made with heavy duty canvas, the Bucket Boss has a quick-release plastic belt buckle for easy on and off.
Pros: The Bucket Boss can be adjusted to fit users up to a 52-inch waist.
Cons: The nylon belt does not have any added padding for comfort.