There is actually room for a workshop in the smallest home, because there is a clever strategy: workshop system walls that keep a lot of tools at hand, and small, sturdy workbenches that are perfectly adequate for everyday projects. This step-by-step guide shows how to build a workshop tool wall system yourself.
Messy! Let’s face it, that’s the first impression you can get from us self-makers in our small home workshops . There is a shelf with a variety of material leftovers, one with boxes and suitcases, in which our beloved power tools are kept safe, next to an old table to work and a box with our hand tools.
And why does it look like this? Because there is always something in work. And because we have too little space! The latter, however, seems to be nonsense, because with some wall surface and a perforated plate system, all tools can be clearly and handily hanging on the wall.
Here we have an extremely variable perforated board system with a large selection of hooks, shelves, chutes and tool registers brought to the wall. A workbench set in the middle makes the workshop perfect. All hand tools hang on a surface of 1 x 2.4 m at the wall, and also the powertools are immediately at hand, if you need them. And the shelves make room for material and suitcases.
Build a workshop tool wall: instructions
Suspend the perforated plates: Once the carrier rails have been dowelled against the wall, the mounting of the perforated plates is only a matter of minutes. For this, tool hanging takes time.
Photograph tools: Of course you lend the neighbor a tool, but sometimes it does not find its way back. By a paper placeholder but you can see immediately what is missing. For this, the tools are photographed …
… and printed. You can also make cheap prints. Then the paper tools are cut out and laminated, for example in the copy shop. Transparent double-sided adhesive film on the back and stick.
Sometimes tools seem to evaporate, especially when they are at hand. On this wall, however, lovers of borrowed tools have no chance. Behind every desirable object is a stand-in that indicates the tool that is missing.
Increase your tool space
With 2.5 square meters of wall space you don’t seem to have enough, because your number of tools is just too many? That’s not a problem! The perforated plate system remains, the wall surface also available. Now are we going to build three 15-mm blockboard shutters in front of the wall, which are used by both sides.
The trick on this tool wall is called double use. 180-degree swiveling wings make room for twice the amount of tools, since they are used by both sides.
They turn in small hinges in which they are hung. Small, strong magnets are embedded in drilled blind holes in the upper corners and keep the wings reliably closed.
We gain so much space that not only the most important garden tools can be accommodated, but also space for a chalk board on the center wing. But the special charm of this solution lies in the possibility of a “niche solution” with a raised wing. So you can even accommodate the same amount of tools on shorter walls.
Our favorite tools, the electrically powered namely, we have hidden on the back of the board.
So that the heavily-hinged shutters can still be turned slightly and yet do not swing open when working in front of them, they are stored in sturdy door hinges and reliably supported by small but very strong magnets (see below right) on the distance timbers (6 x 12 cm square timbers , anchored edgewise to the wall).
This space wonder has only two small hooks.
- First: The fixed assembly of a workbench as the first proposal is unfortunately not possible here. That’s why you should put at least one mobile workbench at the side of the tool wall.
- Second, there is still no way around a shelf for the material – but there is certainly a corner for it. Otherwise shelves are screwed over the shutters to the wall. You really do not need more.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing, mechanics and construction.