There are two types of garages in this country: ones with enough room for the car and ones you hesitate to open the door for fear of causing a landslide of summer gear, Christmas decorations and other collected stuff. If your garage qualifies you for aid from FEMA, the good news is that getting organized is a lot easier and more affordable than you might think. There are a number of tool chests and tool storage containers on the market, and it’s important to get one that works with your gear. Here’s what to look for when picking one out.

If you’re like most guys, the one tool you need to finish the job is the one you can never find. But with the organization achieved with a high-end tool box, you’ll never have to hunt around for those socket wrenches or wire cutters again. Tool chests come in a variety of sizes that range from a huge 72 inch tool box on casters to hand-held tool boxes.

Tool chests typically come with the option of four or five drawers. Equipped with ball bearing slides and extruded aluminum drawer pulls, this system allows for the weight of the drawers to be distributed onto the ball bearings for less friction when opening and closing. In doing so, it allows the weight to glide across the bearings and ensures the lasting use and durability of the tool box. This is an important feature, given the weight of the average tool drawer.

Plus, many tool chests feature sure-grip side handles, allowing you to easily move them from one wall to another. And if you share garage space, or have a neighbor who has a ‘what’s yours is mine’ attitude, you can store all your tools safely away in a stainless steel fortress.

But maybe you’re a weekend do-it-yourselfer and don’t have enough tools right now to justify a full tool chest. In that case, a standard tool box will work just fine. Crafted from powder-coated metal, a portable tool box is designed to hold just the essential tools, and many portable tool boxes can stack onto larger tool chests when you decide to upgrade to a proper rollaway. Most come with a choice of 2, 4, 5 or 6 ball-bearing drawers-plenty of room to keep all of your essential tools organized.

A third option is great for guys on the run: plastic tool boxes. Serving as both a garage toolbox as well as a portable tool box, they’re constructed of lightweight plastic for easy transportation to and from the jobsite, yet they remain extremely durable with a rigid frame that resists warping in the heat and a thick foam gasket around the lid that keeps water from leaking in. Securely storing all your gear, tools and supplies, plastic tool chests also feature molded tabs that allow for the use of a pad lock, providing an extra degree of security.

Finishing a do-it-yourself job is a sweet feeling, but even sweeter when your blood pressure isn’t sky high after hunting around for the one thing you need to finish the job. Get organized with tool chests, like rolling toolboxes and the standard portable tool box, that allow for the easy storage and transportation of your gear.

By yanam49

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