DIY, or do-it-yourself, is more than just having the ability to make things by oneself. It is about the self-empowerment which comes with transforming raw materials into something new, different, possibly valuable and nearly always memorable. In a sense, DIYers might be considered the alchemists of our time. Like any good magician they need to have tools. As such, tools need a home, a proper place to be found when inspiration calls for them.
When it comes to great tool shed kits, everyone is and should have their own definition as to what they might consider “perfect.” There seems, however, to be common elements which show up in most DIY dream tool sheds. The focus of this article is to highlight some of those elements and discuss exactly how they might manifest themselves for optimal operations.
Space/Size: There are several angles this requirement might be viewed from. For many DIYers, ardent or aspiring, the dream of having their own work space is dictated to where they might be able to erect a tool shed. For the urban lot, the shed may actually take the form of a spare bedroom or if they are lucky a very small space in the rear of a multi-unit building. Providing a landlord gives permission to erect a shed, even a small footprint outside is better than none at all.
For the suburban or rural folks, space is usually less constricting and issues of size of shed become the focus of decision making. Bigger is usually better, up to a point. Cost may be a prime factor as well. The crux of the journey at this point is balancing one’s desires with an ability to pay.
At a minimum the tool shed should feel comfortable in its size, not inducing claustrophobia in its user. Once the size and space has been determined, the DIYer needs to consider where things are going to get put away.
Storage: Piles of supplies and tools simply do not qualify as the ideal arrangement for when it comes to optimal placement of ones things in a tool shed. Everything needs to have a place even supplies which are used up on a relatively fast basis: things like glues, wire, sand paper, etc. When needed, knowing exactly where these types of supplies are located can be critical to the success of a project.
Tools, and larger supplies like lumber need to have solid, secure placement storage space. If the shop is to house stand alone tools like shovels, saws or drills, this will need to be factored in to the space and size requirements also. If possible, keeping safety and security in mind, larger tool cabinets with locking roller casters can provide the DIYer with ideal customization options.
Hand Tool Access: DIYers at any level know how important it is to have access at arms reach to hand tools. Often times the functionality required for a specific step in a project is only known in the moments before the action needs to be taken. If progress needs to be stopped in order to attain the tool required, frustration may ensue. Having quick access makes for better quality and enjoyment of most DIY projects.
Power: The difference between a simple storage shed and an operational tool shop usually can be summed up in one word: electricity. While it is possible to rig up solar panels to provide the electrical needs of the DIYer, the preferred option would be to have a hard line run from the main circuit breaker to the shops electrical panel.
Be sure to properly assess the equipment and lighting requirements when having a licensed electrician install your box, outlets and general wiring. Once power needs have been met, the DIYer can now proceed to creating all of the amazing things that DIYers love to do.