We’ve all been there. Something breaks or needs repairing at home and you don’t have the right tool to fix it. You’re then stuck making a trip to the hardware store or left with another thing on the ever-growing todo list.
It’s time to get prepared for these scenarios. There are a handful of tools and supplies that we rely on for everyday fixes and that you should always have on hand if, say, you need to quickly replace a missing screw, glue a broken mug or fix a shelf that falls (I mean, Murphy’s Law, right?)
There are also some items we have discovered through installing design projects that are also super handy for everyday needs. Painters Tape definitely isn’t just for painting and a lint brush works on a lot more than sweaters.
Here are our 21 essentials for a tool kit that will have you prepped for (almost) all issues in your space (and a a great looking toolbox to keep everything in!)
1. Tool Box
It’s stylish, functional and made of powder coated metal, so it will last.
Instead of getting a full set of screwdrivers, this one has multiple heads that you can change out for every need.
The most essential tool maybe ever. Enough said.
The easiest way to hang artwork in seconds.
A heavy duty pair that’s a cut above the rest.
Long, short, big and small. An assortment for all situations.
7. tape measure
Buying furniture online? Use this baby to make sure it will fit.
An essential for keeping things straight when hanging artwork.
9. xacto knife
For more precise cutting than scissors can handle (or scraping anything sticky off glass.)
10. box cutter
Much easier than ripping open your online packages.
11. SET OF PLIERS
A set of 3 different pliers for any tight situation.
12. PAINTER’S TAPE
A great alternative to masking tape, this leaves no residue on surfaces- use it to hang anything temporarily.
13. MAGIC ERASER
Truly magic- just wet this and use it to remove marks on any hard surface.
14. GOO GONE
The ultimate tool for removing any unwanted substance. (Just not unwanted guests)
15. SUPER GLUE
This has a super-thin applicator for really detailed tasks.
16. EXTENSION CORD
Always good to have on hand, and this one has a flat plug that won’t stick out.
17. FELT PADS
To keep any item from scratching a surface; bed frames, chair legs, vases.
18. ZIP TIES
Tangled cords everywhere? Use these.
19. LINT ROLLER
Not just for pet hair on your sweater. You can basically lint roll anything- sofas, wood floors, tile, even the wall.
20. HAND BRUSH
For pesky crumbs on countertops or everything stuck in your keyboard. Plus it’s handsome enough to keep on display!
21. zipper pouch
Put this baby in your toolbox for storing all the above items.