How to Organize Garden Tools in a Shed

how to organize garden tools

The article provides a variety of tips for effectively organizing garden tools in a shed. Some of the methods recommended include free-standing shelves, pegboards, and portable gardening totes. Additionally, various hooks, clamps, and clips can be used to store tools in an easily accessible manner.

You may be wondering why you need to organize your garden equipment and tools:

  • You will find it easier to find the tool you need. It is so annoying to rack through a jumbled mass of tools just to extract the one you need from the bottom of the pile!
  • It keeps the tools in good condition and prevents them from becoming damaged.
  • It prevents the tools from becoming tangled.
  • Prevents you from duplicating tools, for example, have you ever bought a tool from the store just because you couldn’t find the one you need in all clutter.

It can be so frustrating when you can’t find the tool you need in your cluttered garden shed. This article provides a variety of tips and hacks that will help you organize your garden tools.

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Free Standing Shelves

One of the best ways to organize garden tools is to use free-standing shelves. This way, you can easily see and access the tools that you need. Additionally, it keeps the tools in good condition and prevents them from becoming damaged.

Shelves are also useful for storing other horticultural-related items like pesticides, potting compost, and wood preservative.

Types of Garden Shed Shelves

6 Tier Adjustable Metal Shelf Wire Shelving Unit Storage with Wheels

There are a variety of different types of garden shed shelves. Some of the types include:

  • Wire Shelving is a great practical choice for storing your smaller garden tools.
  • Steel Shelving is very durable and easy to clean. They come in different shapes and sizes, so you can choose the right size for your shed.
  • Wooden shelves are a great choice. They are lightweight easy to install and if properly maintained, they will last a long time. Choose products with slatted shelving.
  • Plastic Shelving is durable and inexpensive. Generally, plastic shelving is easily assembled, long-lasting, and easy to keep clean.

Placement of Shelves

If you are short on space, it is best to place the shelves against a wall. Ideally, you need to have free access to the shelving unit and try to find a space away from glass windows.

Hang Garden Hand Tools On Pegboard

One of the best ways to keep your garden tools organized is to hang them on a pegboard. This way, you can easily see and access the tools that you need. Additionally, it keeps the tools in good condition and prevents them from becoming damaged.

If you have DIY skills you could easily make one of these yourself. This video shows you an easy way to make a pegboard organizer.

Arrange your Tools by Type or Size

yard tools organizer

When you organize your garden tools by type or size, it becomes much easier to find the tool you need. This is especially helpful when you are in a hurry and don’t have time to search through a cluttered garden shed.

A great way to store small tools like pruners, trowels, and hand cultivators is on hooks or metal terry clips. This works best in wooden sheds where hooks and clips are easily screwed into the internal wooden support beams.

Portable Gardening Tote

Yard and Garden Tool Tote Bag with 8 Pockets Portable Tool Organizer Storage Bag for Home Garden Lawn Yard

One of the best ways to keep your small garden tools organized and easy to access is to store them in a Portable Gardening Tote. This way, you can take them with you wherever you go.

There are a variety of different types of gardening totes, but the most important feature is that they are portable. This means that they have a shoulder strap or handles so that you can easily carry them with you.

Some of the other features that you should look for include:

  • Consider a tote that incorporates a handy stool for sitting on or kneeling pads to make gardening easier.
  • Sturdy construction so it will last you many years.
  • Enough space to store all of your small garden tools.
  • Plenty of pockets and compartments to organize the tools.
  • A cleanable water-resistant finish.

Store Large and Long-handled Tools on Shed Walls

One of the best ways to store long-handled tools is to hang them on an interior wall of the shed. This way, you can easily see and access the tools that you need. Additionally, it keeps the tools in good condition and prevents them from becoming damaged.

Purpose Made Garden Tool Rack

Shovel, Rake and Tool Holder with Hooks

If you want to be more efficient, it might be worth investing in a purpose-made garden tool rack. These racks are specially designed for storing all your different types of garden tools.

Hooks and or Metal Terry Clips

garden hand tool on a terry clip in a shed

If you are on a budget you can buy a selection of suitable clips and hooks yourself. Consider taking a trip to your local hardware store. Where you will find a wide range of hooks and clips you can easily install yourself, by simply screwing them to the wall.

I like using terry clips, for small light items like trowels. As you can see from the picture above they are easily screwed into wood. They also have the advantage of being very cheap.

Also, hardware stores will stock a selection of coat hooks and S-hooks, which are perfect for hanging your garden tools.

Organize Rakes, Forks, and Shovels, in a Plastic Bin

Shed Corner Tool Tower Rack for yard tools

One way to organize your rakes, shovels, and forks is to store them in a plastic bin. This makes it easy to see and access the garden tools that you need. Additionally, it keeps the tools in good condition and prevents them from becoming damaged.

There are a variety of different types of plastic bins that you can choose from. However, the most important feature is that the bin is large enough to store all of your gardening tools.

A simple plastic trash can would work OK, but the tools can lean over unless you find a DIY way of making the tools stand up. An alternative is to buy a yard tool organizer. Like this one from Amazon.com that sits neatly in the corner of your shed.

Hang Up Your Wheelbarrow

Wall Mount for Wheelbarrow

If you don’t have the room to store your wheelbarrow in your garden shed, consider hanging it up on the wall. This takes up less space and it’s easy to access when you need it. There are a few different ways that you can hang your wheelbarrow.

One way is to use a wheelbarrow hanger. These are strong metal brackets that screw into the wall or wooden beam so the wheelbarrow hangs neatly off the bracket.

Wheelbarrow Ceiling Storage Hoist

Wheelbarrow Ceiling Storage Hoist

This wheelbarrow storage pulley system is a great idea if you are lucky enough to have plenty of headroom in your shed. The system is made from heavy-duty materials and can hold up to 300lbs. It is easy to install with included mounting hardware and instructions and makes quick work of storing your wheelbarrow out of the way.

If you are looking for a space-saving solution that will make it easy to get your wheelbarrow up and out of the way, this is the system for you.

Hang Up Your Garden Gloves

garden glove hanging up in a shed

Garden gloves are an important piece of equipment for any gardener. They protect your hands from dirt and thorns and keep them clean and healthy. However, they can be awkward to store, especially if you are short on space in your garden shed.

One way to solve this problem is to use clamps, bulldog clips, or clothes pegs to hang them up on the wall. There are a variety of different types of clips or clamps that you can use, but the most important feature is that they are strong enough to hold the weight of the gloves.

I like to hang my garden gloves up this way as it gives them an opportunity to dry out and stops them from getting lost.

I love this idea from familyhandyman.com

Find Space for Your Lawnmowers

tips for storing lawnmowers in sheds

It can be difficult to find a place to store your lawnmowers in your garden shed. They are bulky and take up a lot of space. However, it is important to find a way to store them as they are an essential piece of equipment for any gardener with a lawn.

Generally, lawnmowers need to be stored in a dry environment so a garden shed is ideal. It is vital you leave plenty of floor space in your shed so your lawnmower can be wheeled in and out easily.

Using Vertical Space to Store Your Lawnmower

If you don’t have a lot of floor space in your garden shed, consider using the wall space to store your electric lawnmower. This will only work for those lawnmowers that are electric and therefore lightweight.

Don’t attempt to hang up a motorized mower as the gas and oil will leak out. Also, it is going to be very heavy.

Store Rolls Of Twine On A Paper Towel Holder

storing garden twine on a kitchen paper roll holder

One way to store your rolls of twine is to use a paper towel holder. This is a great way to keep them organized, tangle-free, and easy to access.

Storing Garden Hoses

how to store garden hoses correctly

Garden hoses can be a real pain to store. They are heavy, bulky, and tend to tangle and kink. The first thing to do after use is to coil the hose up neatly. This will prevent it from becoming tangled and kinked. My only recommendation here is to use a proper garden holder and carefully wind the hose back on after every use. Make sure the hose does not kink as you do this. Permanent damage can occur if you store kinked hoses for extended periods.

Garden Tool Storage Ideas Summary

There are a variety of ways that you can organize your garden tools in your shed, depending on the amount of space you have and the type of tools you have. You can use shelves, pegboards, or hooks to hang your tools up, or store them in bins or racks. It is important to find a way to store your tools as they are an essential piece of equipment for any gardener. Follow these tips to get your garden shed organized in no time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you leave garden tools outside?

No, garden tools must be stored in a dry environment to prevent rust and corrosion. Storing your tools correctly will not only keep moisture away but will also protect your valuable equipment from theft. Tools left outdoors are still exposed to dampness from dew (condensation) even if it is not raining.

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