If you love to see a project through from start to finish and enjoy home projects, then look no further than our ultimate guide to DIY tools that will help you effortlessly finish your vision as you embark on home improvements over the Easter holidays. The home DIYer can do countless projects and tasks like building your own garden wall bar without bringing in a professional if you have the right kit.
With around 40 per cent of house sales taking place between May and August, first-time buyers are going to need to be prepped and ready with a list of essential tools ready for their first DIY projects to improve their homes and gardens.
These essential tools will make you the ultimate DIYer and you'll be able to complete most tasks without the help of a joiner or builder. Often doing something yourself can make the task that extra bit satisfying when it is complete. Depending on what things you undertake at home and in your garden, there are some tools on our list that will be useful and will last the test of time.
What tools should I have in my toolkit for home improvements?
If you're looking for a quick list of tools to get started, Toolstation, in collaboration with construction expert, Chris Lawson, Managing Director at CK Architectural, has devised a list to invest in that will cost around £200, or cheaper if you can borrow a drill!
Drill driver – around £110 (+ £15 for bits)
Designed to both drill holes and drive in screws, whether you’re putting up blinds or curtains, assembling furniture or installing shelves, this versatile tool will make life much easier. This is an investment so if you can borrow one, by all means, go ahead. Remember, you’ll also need some drill bits and screwdriver bits.
Screwdrivers – around £10
You’ll use manual screwdrivers for more precise jobs like tightening furniture and opening tins of paint. Go for a set of screwdrivers or a multibit screwdriver with interchangeable heads for maximum versatility.
Tape measure – around £5
A tape measure doesn’t need much explanation. A top tip is to take your tape measure with you when going DIY or furniture shopping so there’s never any room for error.
Spirit level – around £8
A spirit level can also be called a bubble level and indicates whether a surface is horizontal (level) or vertical (plumb). Relatively low cost, spirit levels avoid bodged jobs when erecting shelves, hanging mirrors or perfecting a gallery wall.
Claw hammer – around £5
The head of a claw hammer is used for driving in the nails needed to hang things like hooks and photo frames, while the claw is great for retrieving any picture hooks, nails or raw plugs left in the walls. It can also be used for tasks like prising up old carpets.
Step ladder – around £50
A step ladder will come in handy for all sorts of DIY tasks including painting ceilings, changing lightbulbs, and hanging pictures. If you're strapped for cash, a chair may suffice but ask somebody to keep it steady.
Toolbox – around £8
It’s not strictly essential but you’ll want a toolbox to store all your new tools in.
(Bonus) Shared tool libraries
For more challenging DIY jobs, it’s worth checking out local shared tool libraries. These are repositories of tools, like power tools, you can hire.
In our in-depth guide, we have listed the best tools and divided them into six sections:
In terms of DIY tools, some trustworthy brands include Bosch Green, Ryobi, Einhell, Irwin, Stanley and Draper. We have done hours of research to ensure all our recommendations are of the highest quality and value.
The first section is on the best power tools such as the best drill, sander, saw and grinder.
The second is the best saw blades and gloves.
The third section is on the best hand tools such as the handsaw and hacksaw.
The fourth section is the best screwdrivers and spanners.
The fifth is on the best level, vice, clamp, hammer and crowbars.
The last section is on measuring tools and other useful kits and devices.
With that in mind let's jump into the list of the best DIY tools and their uses.
The best power tools: drill, sander, saw and grinder
Bosch PSB 1800 LI-2 Drill Kit
Best drill kit for DIY
Bosch Green tools are a big name in the power tool industry and are designed for home use. They use high-quality parts that filter down from Boschu2019s Blue trade tools but for a significantly lower cost. The PSB 1800 LI-2 cordless drill offers power and comfort for drilling and screw driving operations and packs plenty of punch from its torquey motor and range of modes. Therefore it would be suitable not only for screw driving and drilling but also light impact drilling into masonry.
Bosch PEX 300 AE Random Orbit Sander
Best sander for DIY
Another Bosch Green product that works wonders for home DIY is this sander. This 125mm corded random orbital sander is impressively smooth, has a 270W motor, a dust extraction attachment, variable speed, weighs a little over 1.5kg weight and can do anything from sanding to polishing.
Einhell TC-AP 650 E Reciprocating Saw
Best saw for general DIY
The Einhell reciprocating saw has a 650W motor - ideal for cutting wood up to 150mm thick or 10mm steel. Weighing just 2.8kg, itu2019s comfortably light and all for an affordable price.
Einhell TE-AG 115 Angle Grinder
Best grinder for DIY
The Einhell TE-AG 115 Angle Grinder has a strong metal gear head, guaranteeing optimal transmission and low vibration operation. This is all you will need for a basic little grinder - suitable for cutting, grinding and roughing in the home, workshop and garage. Weighing under 2kg and 720W of power, this power tool is easy to use with the grippy handle, which has three positions from which it can be attached - either on the side or top.
The best saw blades and gloves
Irwin Tools Reciprocating Saw Blade Set, 11-Piece
Best value quality blades for a power tool saw
This quality blade set will make all the difference when it comes to a reciprocating saw's performance. The set offers a mixture of blades suitable for wood, metal, and plastic so you can get straight to your DIY project.
DEX FIT Work Gloves
Best all-round work gloves for DIY
A proper pair of work gloves is useful for absorbing the vibrations when using power tools, making a few hours of a project work much more comfortable.
The best hand tools
Stanley FatMax Fine Cut Handsaw
The best handsaw for DIY
A good reliable handsaw is an absolute must-have if you regularly work with timber. This Stanley FatMax is a quality saw that lasts and will make tasks that much easier. The fine teeth (11 per inch) are three-sided and are sharp. Although this saw is a little more pricey than others, it is made to last and will be a reliable tool you can go back to again and again.
Bahco DIY Hacksaw Frame 300mm
The best hacksaw for DIY
If you are looking for a hacksaw, this handy piece works great for getting through metal and plastic. Plus, replacement blades are easy to acquire and inexpensive, so you can keep this tool efficient for years.
The best screwdrivers and spanners
Stanley Screwdriver Set, 6 Piece
The best screwdrivers for DIY
An absolute DIY starter kit must-have. This well-made six-piece Stanley set has all essentials - three sizes of Phillips, and three of Slotted. These screwdrivers arenu2019t insulated but do have a cushioned grip and magnetic tips for more comfortable usage.
Neilsen Spanner Set, 25-Piece
Best spanner set for DIY
This set of reliable spanners are equally as useful as screwdrivers in your DIY kit. This 25-piece set is made of chrome vanadium steel and has all you need, from 6mm to 32mm spanners.
Bahco Socket Set 34 Piece 1/4in and 3/8in Drive
Best socket set for DIY
Generally speaking, socket sets are faster than spanners, and this set from Bahco is a 1/4 inch and 3/8-inch set and is made from chrome vanadium plating for corrosion resistance. The carry case is really durable and well made.
Draper Redline Heavy Duty Pliers Set
Best plier set for DIY
Another crucial addition to your DIY starter tool kit should be pliers. This set from Draper includes the basics. It comes with a combination of pliers, long nose pliers, and diagonal cutters. The jaws are made of hardened carbon steel with a soft grip, so you can easily use them without sore hands.
The best level, vice, clamp, hammer and crowbar
Stabila 90cm Level
Best classic level for DIY
Levels are great for putting up shelves or picture frames, and this classic 90cm level from Stabila is ideal for all eventualities. Featuring two vertical and one horizontal vial and shock-absorbing end caps.
Stanley MaxSteel Heavy-Duty Bench Vice
Best bench vice for DIY
If you are looking to buy a bench vice then it is good to get a high-quality one. This 100mm vice from Stanley is constructed from cast iron and the hardware is chrome-plated for corrosion protection. Just screw it into place, and you wonu2019t need to buy another one.
Irwin Quick-Grip 150mm Bar Clamp Twin Pack
Best clamps for DIY
If you want a quick and clean cutting or sanding job done, or anything where a third hand is needed then this clamp would be a great addition to your DIY set. Irwinu2019s 150mm fast squeeze-grip clamp has a solid build quality at an attractive price. It also comes in a pack of two.
Estwing Surestrike Claw Hammer
A quality DIY hammer
A trusty hammer is an absolute key tool in any kit. This high quality 6-ounce Surestike hammer gives you the quality without the hefty price tag. The head and shaft are solid and shaped for strength and durability. It also is made with a large D-shape face and an injection-moulded hand grip for comfort.
Silverline Samson Crowbar 750mm
Best crowbar for DIY
For prying and levering, a quality crowbar comes in handy and this tool from Silverline is made from hardened and tempered carbon steel.
Best measuring tool and other useful items
OX Tools Metric/Imperial 5m Tape Measure
Best tape measure for DIY
A tape measure is one of those items that are useful for many things in life, from measuring suitcases for travel to fitting paintings on the wall. There is nothing worse than a floppy tape measure; so we have picked out this Ox Tools tape measure which is reliable and works a treat as the blade has a tough nylon coating and is very rigid. The five-metre tool measures in imperial and metric units and can extend to an impressive 2.8 metres.
Stanley Tools FatMax Waterproof IP53 Toolbox
This tough toolbox with rust-proof latches is a great way to keep all your tools together. The V groove on the lid allows you to use it as a sawhorse if needed, and the inside is constructed from structural foam for extra strength. This box has an extra-large storage capacity, so it is ideal if you have many items you want to keep organised.
Rapid Staple Gun
If you are after a powerful, well-made staple gun, then this tool made in Sweden has various uses and will last a lifetime. Ideal for crafters and home DIYers.
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