Garden tool storage – 3 clever ideas that cost almost nothing

In order to store garden tools safely and clearly, you can buy various shelving and plug-in systems from retailers. However, I am sure you already have almost everything you need at home.

Garden Tools Storage Ideas
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Chaos has a name – my tool shed in the garden! I don’t know if you are more structured and tidier on this point than I am, if so, congratulations – if not, you can understand my problem. It is a fact that those who do not handle their garden tools with care and store them properly will not enjoy them for long. So the often expensive devices need our attention and this is exactly what we are now devoting ourselves to.

When it came to how and where and what I stowed away, I quickly reached my limits. I needed a system before I could start and got a great tip from my neighbour. Instead of going to the hardware store to buy the appropriate equipment storage systems, I should first look around at home to see if there is not one or the other storage alternative. Of course I gladly accepted this advice – who does not like to save one or the other dollar!

Idea 1 – Hang rake, hoe and Co. safely

The first alternative I have implemented has not only a practical aspect, it should already be used for safety reasons. Anyone who’s ever had a rake handle on their head knows what I’m talking about. In my opinion, all garden tools that have a long handle should be hung on the wall. Even if they stand accurately on the floor, they can still be dangerous to you. A wrong step on the lower metal part and the bump on the head is pre-programmed.

Option 1 – Bamboo cane or rope

Garden tool suspension
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The idea is simple and ingenious at the same time. All you need is a piece of stronger rope or a bamboo cane. This is attached to the wall. Now every garden tool that is to be hung up gets a “hanging band”. So-called pig hooks or S hooks are attached to the rope or pipe. You can then place rake, spade etc. into the curvature according to your wishes. The pig hook variant also has the advantage that all tools can be positioned variably.

Option 2 – homemade hook strip

If the rope construction described above is too wobbly for you, you’ll be better off with a fixed hook bar – and you can build it yourself in no time.

  • Variant a – Wooden board and nails
    Garden tools Hook bar
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    All you need is a narrow wooden board. If you don’t have one, it’s best to ask at the DIY store in the cutting department. Here, there are always remnants which are passed on to the customers free of charge. Now place the bar on the ground and position your garden tools. Mark the suspension points with a pencil and drive in nails at the appropriate points. Now just attach the new hook strip to the wall – done!

  • Variant b – old wardrobe rail
    Garden tools Coat rack
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    Have a look at your household to see if there is already a hook strip – this way you can save yourself the self-assembly described above. An old wardrobe rail or single hooks made of wood etc. offer perfect suspension possibilities for your garden tools.

Idea 2 – Stow away small stuff

As in the household, there is a lot of small stuff in the garden, which dissolves miraculously into thin air if it is not systematically stowed away. These could be, for example, spare parts for the lawn mower, screws, knives, pliers, etc. Here are my two suggestions, so that small parts do not disappear:

Option 1 – Magnetic holder

Those who already store their knives on a magnetic strip in the kitchen will certainly not want to do without this comfort anymore. You can use the same principle to store your garden tools. Everything that is relatively small and made of metal is simply attached to a magnetic strip or tape. You can’t build it yourself, but you can find it on – by the way also self-adhesive, if your ground in the garden house allows it.

Option 2 – boxes and perforated sheets

Garden tools Perforated wall
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My second proposal for the proper storage of small parts is plastic boxes. What provides clarity in the refrigerator can also be helpful in the garden. To prevent rusting, it is best to use plastic boxes that are air- and watertight – see Just have a look in the kitchen cupboard – you will surely find one or two plastic cans that are no longer so attractive – but in the garden they will always serve their purpose.

Perforated sheets are also ideal for storing small parts. With my pig hooks advertised above you are completely flexible in the design again. Perforated walls are available in medium-size versions starting at 3,- dollar per piece – researched and found at I think it’s a cheap way to keep the tool shed tidy.

Idea 3 – Keep pointed tools in a safe place

Safe storage of garden tools
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Always ready to hand and nevertheless harmless, all pointed and sharp-edged tools should be kept in the garden. To realize this you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money and (almost) no money. If you still have unused clay pots in your garden – and I’m sure you do – the storage facility is practically already there. Garden shears, joint knives or weed picks are simply placed upside down, with the handle or handle upwards, in a larger clay pot – voilà your gardening tools are clearly laid out and inexpensive to store.

Don Burke

I am Don Burke, one of the authors at My Garden Guide.  I am a horticulturist that cultivates, grows, and cares for plants, ranging from shrubs and fruits to flowers. I do it in my own garden and in my nursery. I show you how to take care of your garden and how to perform garden landscaping in an easy way, step by step.I am originally from Sydney and I wrote in local magazines. Later on, I have decided, more than two decades ago, to create my own blog. My area of specialization is related to orchid care, succulent care, and the study of the substrate and the soil. Therefore, you will see many articles dedicated to these disciplines. I also provide advice about how to improve the landscape design of your garden.

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