Whether you live in a tiny apartment or simply don’t want to have a huge toolbox, everyone needs some basic tools for basic household maintenance. I’ve scoured every tool site known to mankind and came up with a list of tools that won’t take up too much space and help you out in future projects.
- Screwdrivers: Go with the stubby kind to save the most space (a flathead and phillips aka star head screwdriver), but for the optimal space saver, a screwdriver with interchangeable heads will work best, even better if it’s also stubby.
- Heavy Duty Scissors: Skip the regular office scissors, which will bend or possibly break under the pressure of cutting thick rope or fabric. A set of contractor grade scissors has many uses from the kitchen to the workshop.
- Crescent Adjustable Wrench or Sockets: An adjustable wrench or a socket set is a must-have in any tool kit. Consider a kit that includes multiple sizes, so you’ve got all your nuts and bolt sizes covered.
- Tape Measure: From woodworking to interior design, a tape measure is a must have. A 12′ locking tape measure should handle most jobs around the house and won’t take up as much room as a 25′ tape measure.
- Level: A standard bubble level with a measuring scale is necessary when installing shelves and can be helpful when hanging mirrors or artwork.
- Hammer: An 8 oz. stubby claw hammer will do 90% of the jobs around the house.
- Pliers: If you’ve got the space then go with a 7 pc set of pliers.