How And Where Should Power Tools Be Stored?

If you own power tools, you know how expensive they are. Therefore, storing them properly (and safely) is of the utmost importance. If you don’t, they’re likely to rust and/or break, which can be quite costly to repair and/or replace.

If possible, store power tools in the original boxes or the cases in which they were purchased. If you choose to store your power tools in toolboxes, put silica gel packs inside to absorb excess moisture and prevent your tools from rusting.

How And Where Should Power Tools Be Stored?

If you prefer to keep your power tools in a tool chest or cabinet, place anti-rust liners inside the drawers for extra protection. Or, to keep your power tools safely off the ground, you can hang them on pegboards in the basement or garage.

Now that you know how and where to store power tools, let’s take a closer at this in more detail below.

I’ll discuss the proper places to store power tools and why safe storage is so important. I’ll explain how to correctly hang power tools in a garage and if it’s okay to keep them there in the winter or if the garage is cold.

So, if you’re ready to learn more about how and where to store your power tools properly and safely, then let’s get to it!

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What is the Proper Way to Store Power Tools?

The best way to store all your power tools is back inside the box or case that they were purchased in. Not only will this keep the dust-out but also prevent them from rusting.

As well, should you need to consult the manual, return the tool or get it repaired, you have the original package (hopefully with the receipt) and all necessary information on-hand.

Another good place for power tools storage is in a toolbox. Be sure to put some silica gel packs inside to keep moisture levels down. You can buy silica gel packs on Amazon at a good price.

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A tool chest or cabinet is also a good idea for storing power tools. Once again, it’s important to lock out moisture that can cause tools to rust so line the drawers with anti-rust papers as an extra precaution. Check this TANKSTORM tool chest on Amazon.

Hanging tools is another way to store power tools and save space at the same time. Simply hang pegboards on the wall in your garage or basement to keep tools clean and organized.

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Check this Pegboard Organizer. It comes with a lot of hanging accessories and many colors.

This will also keep them safely off the floor (so you don’t accidentally trip over them) and away from ground moisture that can cause rusting.

Where is Best Place to Store Power Tools?

Just finished. French cleat tool organization in the garage! from r/somethingimade

The best places to store your power tools include a shed, garage, or basement. The most important thing to consider is humidity and how to manage and/or maintain it.

In your home, for example, you can easily control moisture with a dehumidifier. Therefore, basement storage is often ideal for power tools.

A garage with a heating unit will also help control both temperature and humidity. You can either have a heater installed professionally or you can invest in a large space heater.

If your tools are of great value to you, both financially- and professionally-speaking, then trust me, it’s well worth the investment.

Power tools can also be stored in a shed, provided it’s well-insulated and properly ventilated. As sheds don’t typically come with insulation, you would likely have to design and build one yourself.

As well, you’d need to add electrical outlets, not only to operate and charge the tools but to run a heater or dehumidifier as well.

How do You Prepare Tools for Storage?

To maintain your power tools and keep them in good working condition, you must first prepare them for storage.

The best way to do this is to clean them properly after each use. Simply wipe down the tools with a damp (not soaking-wet) cloth first and then towel-dry them afterwards.

This will not only remove any lingering dust, dirt, or grease from your tools but also keep moisture from rusting them out.

Spraying your power tools with a metal protectant and/or cleaner such as Boeshield T-9 or WD-40 is also a good idea before storing them.

The lubricant will coat the metal and help repel dust (which attracts moisture and, in turn, causes rusting).

After spraying, tools may be slippery to the touch so be careful when handling or storing them.

Another good thing to do before storing your power tools is to check and see if there are any broken or defective pieces and then discard them.

Disposing of any (and all) parts that can’t be replaced or fixed is a good way to keep your workspace functional and free of clutter.

Never use power tools with faulty parts. Not only are they unproductive when damaged but they become hazardous as well.

Can Power Tools be Stored in a Cold Garage?

In general, a garage is a good place for tool storage, provided that the temperature and humidity can be controlled somewhat.

Most tools likely won’t suffer damage from being kept in a cold place, such as a garage or shed.

However, freezing temperatures can make the metal and plastic parts on some power tools week or brittle. This can lead to damage or breakage, especially if you use them while still cold.

How do You Hang Power Tools in a Garage?

Hanging power tools in a basement, garage or shed is another way to store them. In a few hours or less, you can make and hang a pegboard to keep your tools safe and organized.

Apartment bench. Not quite finished, but I think I’m pretty close. from r/Workbenches

The necessary supplies and steps for this task include the following:


  • pegboard and accessories
  • 3 – 1” x 2” pieces of wood
  • wood screws
  • level
  • drill
  • stud finder
  • pencil or pen
  • miter saw (optional)


  1. Visit your local hardware store or go online and purchase the necessary supplies listed above.
  2. Have your pegboard and wood pieces cut to size either in-store or use a miter saw and do it yourself at home.
  3. Use a stud finder to locate the studs on your garage wall and then mark with a pencil or pen where you want the top frame board to go.
  4. Pre-drill 3 holes along with the 1” x 2” wood pieces horizontally, starting with the top board. After drilling the first hole and securing the first screw, stop and measure to ensure the board is level.
  5. Continue with the next 2 screws to secure the board in place. Begin with the right side first and then middle).
  6. Measure and mark out space for the bottom board. Make sure it’s level and lined up correctly with the top board. Pre-drill through the board and secure in place with the wood screws.
  7. Attach the middle board to the wall between the top and bottom boards, again making sure it’s lineup up properly and level.
  8. Mount the pegboard to the frame boards. Pre-drill into the wood frames and secure to the pegboard using the wood screws.
  9. Hang the pegboard accessories, adjusting them as needed to fit your power tools.
  10. Hang your power tools safely and clean up the area.

As a note of caution, be sure to use appropriate safety gear when working with wood, such as gloves and goggles. Put on a dust mask and use ear plugs, if possible. Avoid wearing long sleeves when operating a miter saw and have a shop vac handy to clean up the dust and debris afterwards.

Here is another cool storage idea that a guy on Reddit made for himself.

Workbench tool storage upgrade from r/Workbenches


To conclude, it’s best to store power tools in their original boxes or cases, if possible.

Power tools can also be stored in toolboxes, provided you put some silica gel packs inside to absorb excess moisture and protect your tools from rusting.

You can also keep your power tools in a tool chest with anti-rust liners for extra protection.

Or, you can hang them on pegboards in a garage or basement to keep them safely off the ground.

Hopefully, this article has been of help to you. Thanks for reading and good luck with your next project!

Cheers, tools owners!

Hi there! My name is Jack and I write for ToolsOwner. I have a passion for everything related to tools and DIY projects around the house. You often find me in my workshop working on new projects.