8 Essential Tools for DIY Projects at Home 

When it comes to at-home DIY, we almost always return to the same basic tools. So why do we never seem to have them on hand when we need them?

Chances are you know the feeling: you’re finally ready to paint the spare room or fix that loose door handle, but then you realise you don’t have the right gear for the job.

To prevent future frustration, we’ve put together this list of 8 essential DIY tools – so from now on, you’ll always be prepared!

1) Ladder

A step ladder is essential for many home DIY projects
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If you’re trying to reach a high-up spot and you don’t have a ladder to get you there, you might be tempted to stand on a chair or a table.

Don’t do this. Not only is it impractical, it’s also very dangerous. A suitable ladder is often the only way to safely gain access to out-of-reach areas.

Fear not, though – you won’t have to break the bank. Most DIY jobs can be completed with a standard step ladder, and these tend to be relatively affordable. Step ladders are also great because they’re self-supporting, so don’t require a wall or other sturdy surface to lean against and can be easily folded and stored away. 

2) Paintbrushes, rollers and paint trays 

It’s always handy to have a selection of paintbrushes and rollers stored away so you’re prepared for your next paint job.

We recommend investing in a variety of brushes so that you’ve always got the right tool for the situation. For example, smaller brushes worker better when painting corners and small gaps, whereas rollers are brilliant for covering large areas quickly. 

3) Tape measure 

Almost all DIY tasks require a tape measure. It’s important to take accurate measurements, especially on jobs such as installing carpets, putting up shelves or photo frames, and building furniture. 

4) Screwdrivers 

If you’re planning on building, tightening or loosening anything in your home, chances are you’ll need a screwdriver.

Most people have one lying around at the bottom of a drawer somewhere, but screws come in different shapes and sizes. To avoid future disappointment, make sure you have both crosshead (Phillips) screwdrivers and flat head screwdrivers in a few different sizes.

5) Hammer

Lots of DIY jobs require a hammer at some point, so it’s a very useful tool to own. Whether you’re putting furniture together or hammering nails into a wall so that you can hang that family photo, a good hammer will save you lots of time and effort. 

6) Spirit level 

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A spirit level can be used to make sure something is perfectly horizontal (level).  There’s nothing more annoying than hanging up a mirror or framed picture only for it to be on the wonk!

Use a spirit level and a pencil to mark out a straight line before hammering in the nail or attaching a command strip.

7) Masking tape 

Masking tape is a very affordable and very handy DIY tool to have around the house.

When painting, masking tape protects your ceiling, door frames, skirting boards, picture frames – you name it. This type of tape is also specially designed to leave your walls residue-free, so when you’re done painting, you can peel it away with ease. 

8) Blade knife 

A  sharp knife will come in handy when cutting materials such as wallpaper and carpet. We recommend opting for a retractable or foldable blade so it can be safely stored in the home.

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