Keeping Tools in a Lockable Storage Cabinet

A homeowner can find a storage cabinet to be useful in many different ways. Uses inside the home include storage for entertainment media, like movies, music and games, and storage for important files and papers. Some other common uses are found in the garage, where building supplies, equipment for working on cars, and general tools can be kept organized and secure in storage cabinets. Using a lockable storage cabinet will add an extra layer of security for these tools, which can be expensive to replace if stolen.

Before spending a lot of money on a lockable storage cabinet, it is helpful to know exactly what sort of storage is needed. There are several determining factors in this decision, based upon the garage and the tools in question. If you are planning on building garage storage cabinets it is easy to customize the tool storage by putting in pegboard and shelves as needed. There are plenty of options when purchasing cabinets as well, though, so it is possible to get the best storage arrangement without custom-built units. There are cabinets that can be hung on the wall to free up work space, and rolling cabinets that can be moved around to different areas. Look around to get an idea of what there is to choose from.

Of the many types of tool storage available, another one of the more common is a tool chest. The smaller, cheaper varieties — one might not cost more than $100, far less expensive than high-end chests can be — are simple toolboxes that have a locking mechanism. If storage is needed for an extensive number of tools, such a box will not be appropriate, but for very modest collections it might suffice. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that the size of the box makes it less secure than something that cannot be carried. On the other hand, the size might be a benefit if you need to transport your tools often.

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