The ideal toolbox to start your life as a handyman

It is always useful to have some basic tools at home to meet certain needs. This is all the more true when one intends to embark on DIY. Indeed, whether you are a beginner or experienced handyman, amateur or professional, certain tools constitute the basis of what a self-respecting toolbox must contain! To meet all your daily needs, let’s take a look at the tools you will need to buy to put together your ideal toolbox.

Which toolbox to choose?

To be able to easily store and transport your perfect handyman tools, you will need to invest in the purchase of a toolbox. Here is a brief overview of the models available on the market.

The metal tool box

The traditional metal accordion toolbox is the reference among experienced DIYers. Very practical and functional, it offers a large volume and unfailing solidity. Thanks to the fact that it is compartmentalized, your tools are easily storable and accessible while being well protected.

On the other hand, it is heavy to transport and remains relatively bulky.

The plastic tool box

This model declined from the metal version can also offer a nice volume of storage and good compartmentalization for a lower price and a more easily transportable weight.

On the other hand, its lifespan is much more limited than its metallic cousin.

The fabric toolbox

Light and handy, the fabric toolbox comes in compartmentalized models for easy storage.

On the other hand, its price remains high and it may prove to be less practical to use, in particular for access to the most basic tools.

With what tools to fill it?

Once your toolbox has been purchased, here are the main basic tools with which you will need to equip it.

The tape measure

With a length of 3 or 5 meters, the tape measure is essential for all your measurements and for taking reference points. It is essential for the handyman, but not only, because it is used for many tasks and activities within the house.

The spirit level

This must-have is also imperative to buy for all kinds of work. The spirit level is indeed the tool that allows you to check the flatness of your objects and installations, their alignment and their perfect horizontality or verticality.

Le cutter

To cut multiple materials in a single gesture, the cutter is a very useful everyday tool. Do not buy just any model, it is better to invest in a cutter with a locking blade and a non-slip handle for more comfort and safety in use.


Screwdrivers are essential everyday tools. Choose from flat or slotted designs and cross or cruciform designs to meet all your needs. We recommend that you buy two to three screwdrivers of each size per model and consider investing in the purchase of a model with a short flat and cross-head handle to more easily access certain small or constrained spaces.

The hammer

The hammer is a useful tool. There are different models of several sizes to meet a wide range of needs. If you were only going to buy one, we advise you to choose a small hammer with a claw side.

The saw

For your daily work, you may need to cut certain objects. For wood, buy a handsaw and for metals, a hacksaw. If each model is adapted to a material more than to others, do not hesitate to test the maneuverability of the saw that you wish to buy to check that it corresponds to your use.

The keys

There are many types of keys. The adjustable wrench is one of the most essential. It has adjustable jaws that allow it to replace many other types of wrenches.

Allen keys, or hex keys, are also very useful. They are used to screw and unscrew assemblies. Buy a set to have several sizes, they will be very useful for you to assemble your furniture and tighten them from time to time when necessary.

The clamps

Pliers are very useful for DIY and for various everyday tasks. The water pump pliers are a must, as well as the cutting pliers.

The drill

To save precious time and save a lot of effort, it is essential to be equipped with a drill-driver. Opt for a basic, but solid model. It is indeed important to pay the price so as not to buy a drill that discharges in just a few minutes.

For optimal use, buy a box of drill bits of different sizes and adapted to the different materials to be drilled (wood, metal and concrete).

The small hardware store

No toolbox is complete without small hardware. These essentials are very useful on a daily basis. Screws, nuts, bolts, dowels, nails and nails must be in number and in several sizes in your case to be usable at all times.

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