Properly Stock Your Toolshed

Properly Stock Your Toolshed

Wood sheds provide first-rate outdoor storage for yard and household maintenance tools. Everything is secure and protected from the elements, especially important where summer humidity or winter rain and show can be a problem.

Homeowners that have a strong interest in do-it-yourself projects will want a broad selection of specialty tools and supplies. But every household should maintain a stock of basic tools and supplies commonly used for picture hanging, simple repairs, etc., to save time and money.

Stocking a toolshed should be fun. Choices are entirely individual, depending on personal interest and what work needs to be done. Advice is always available from a local garden center, hardware or home improvement store, but here are some suggestions for a well-equipped toolshed.

Gardening and landscaping require:

  • Steel and leaf rakes, hoe, shovel, spade and perhaps snow shovel
  • Hedge trimmers, pruning shears and a small tree saw; lopping shears if the yard includes sturdy shrubs or trees
  • Small hand tools such as a trowel
  • Hoses and sprinklers
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Portable trash container -- a small wheeled garbage can lined with a yard debris bag works well
  • Lawn mower, oil and gas
  • Lightweight gardening gloves
  • Flower pots and potting soil
  • Twine, trellises, etc.
  • Fertilizer and other chemicals (read and follow storage instructions) and a spreader or sprayer for applying them


For woodworking and around-the-house projects, consider:

  • Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, wrenches, needlenose and standard pliers
  • A utility knife, scissors and heavier cutters for wire or sheetmetal
  • Tape measures (10-ft and 25-foot), level, T-square and carpenter’s pencil
  • Hand saw, table saw or hand-held circular saw, router, cordless drill
  • Common sizes of nails, screws, nuts and bolts
  • Duct, electrical and plastic tape
  • Lightweight wire
  • A standard floor broom, whisk and push-style brooms
  • Paint or stain plus tarps and other accessories
  • Leather work gloves
  • Easy-to-carry toolbox or wearable tool belt that enables grab-and-go for simple household projects
  • Multi-drawer rolling tool box

Adjustable and multiple-use tools are especially helpful if space is limited or the goal is to stock just the basics. A toolshed is also perfect for housing larger equipment such as a portable generator, air compressor or snow blower. And a large shed can even house a small tractor or riding mower. Don’t forget the fuel.

A well-stocked toolshed can be a well-organized work center.

Just as specific tool selection depends on what work needs to be done, the toolshed itself can be individually customized to function most efficiently. It’s a good idea to consider getting a size large enough to grow into.

Hang hoses and smaller tools on walls and add a few shelves or even a work bench to keep everything tidy and close at hand, ensuring quick access to whatever tools are needed. Mounting tools on pegboard assists with organization and can help show if anything is missing.

Organize shop/household tools and gardening/landscaping items with one another but in separate areas. And consider putting smaller tools and supplies in plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids. They’re easy to label, support neatness and further protect things from moisture in the air.

Keeping the central area clear allows the toolshed to serve as a mini work center, providing covered use for potting or carpentry projects when weather is unfriendly and a garage isn’t available.

Stocking a toolshed needn’t be expensive. If budget is a consideration, start with the basics and add tools as specific need arises. It’s also possible to save money by scouting yard and estate sales, because good quality tools properly maintained can last a very long time.