The sinking feeling you get when you notice you’re missing an essential tool that you need to finish building a new piece of flatpack furniture, or to make some quick home improvements with? It’s not great.
There are some tools that everyone should own. Even if you bought them years ago and they’ve been collecting dust under your sink, you never realise how badly you need something until you don’t have it.
Whether you’re someone who needs to tighten up the occasional cabinet hinge, or you live by the motto of “DIY or die“, these are the tool kit essentials that no home should be without.
Duct tape is the definition of a tool that’s better to have and not need than to need it and not have it. You never know when you’ll need to quickly patch something up.
You should always have at least one roll stashed away in that one junk drawer where you keep things like spare batteries and old phone chargers.
If you’re going to buy one tool from this list, it should be a screwdriver set. If you’ve ever assembled furniture, performed some home maintenance or just tinkered around with DIY hobbies, you know how essential this tool can be.
The great thing about this Bosch screwdriver set is that it comes with interchangeable bits. These bits use the give common types of screw heads in 20 sizes, so you can swap out a tiny Phillips-head to a large flathead. The screwdriver bits are also coloured coded, making them easier to spot while you’re working.
The set also includes a small ratchet with four sockets, all housed in a small carrying case.
If you just need a basic screwdriver set, the previous tool kit will do you fine. However, if your DIY interests aren’t exactly “basic” having a wider range of screwdriver bits to choose from will give you more than enough options to pick from. This particular Bosch set has 49 screwdriver bits, so you’ll be pretty set for choice.
This Bosch set also includes 30 drill bits, which are designed for wood, masonry, and general drill work. Those 49 screwdriver bits also include 15x 50mm bits that you can slot into any standard drill too.
And speaking of drilling…
While a screwdriver will get the job done when putting together that one Ikea shelf everyone owns or fixing a droopy kitchen cabinet, your muscles can only take you so far. That’s where a cordless drill comes in. The convenience of being able to quickly tighten or remove screws can’t be understated.
Bosch’s cordless impact drill is lightweight but powerful. It features 20 torque settings and can be used for screwing, drilling and impact drilling.
If you’ve bought enough Ikea furniture, you probably have a pretty solid collection of Allen keys already. However, while those Allen keys are great for putting together an Ikea flatpack, that key size isn’t universal and you’ll eventually come across something with a keyhole that’s either too big or too small, be it furniture, a shower door joint or even a mounted toilet paper holder.
What, are you going to knock those nails into place with your hands? Good luck with that, buddy.
Have you ever bought a new kitchen appliance, bookshelf or living room piece, only to realise that it doesn’t actually fit in its intended location because you didn’t measure it out beforehand?
A utility knife is another one of those tools that you should have on hand because of how utterly convenient it can be. This 9mm Scotch knife has a comfy grip and retractable blade, making it a great option if you have some precision cutting that needs to be done.
If your someone who particularly enjoys getting packages in the mail, a good utility knife makes flattening boxes a breeze too.