When you start accumulating sets of pliers, you will find the need to organize them in the drawer, toolbox, or workspace. Otherwise, if you continue to shove them into the shelf or tool anyhow, they will occupy more space than is available. And before you know it, half of your tools will not have a space in the storage box or shelf.
If you are the kind of people who store pliers on the desk top, they will clutter your workspace and you won’t have enough space to work from. Moreover, when pliers are all over the desk, they make your workspace look messy and unkempt.
Let’s get it. Pliers are extremely handy tools. They are the most irreplaceable hand tools but organizing them is difficult. It does not matter if you store them on the desk or inside a drawer or tool box. They will take take up much space if you do not organize them properly.
So how do you organize pliers?
In this post, I share 5 ways to organize pliers using pliers organizers. But first, what are the advantages of organizing pliers?
Advantages of organizing pliers
1. Organizing pliers save storage space
Pliers organization helps to optimize the available storage space so that more tools can fit. It is the main reason for arranging pliers because they can take much space if stored anyhow.
2. Organizing pliers eliminates clutter
Pliers can clutter the workspace or tool box when you don’t organize them properly. A pliers organizer lets you arrange pliers neatly to avoid clutter. It also makes your workspace and storage look neat.
3. Easy pliers storage and access
Neatly stored tools are easy to access and store. Pliers organizers make it easier for you to pick the right pliers for the job and put them back in the right place in a fraction of time. This increases your efficiency at the job. You don’t have to waste time digging and hunting for the right pair of pliers!
4. Easy to tell when pliers are missing
When you organize pliers and group them, you can easily tell when a set is missing. A pliers organizer allows fast visual inspection of pliers. This helps you quickly notice missing pliers. Friends who borrow tools permanently don’t like it when you have a pliers organizer because they know you can tell when they don’t return borrowed tools. Tool organizers help you track tools to prevent loss.
5. To protect pliers from damage
Pliers organizers keep pliers safe and protect them from damage. They ensure pliers are not knocked left right and center by other tools in the storage box.
For instance, vertical pliers organizers help protect spring-loaded cutting pliers by ensuring that other tools will not knock and dent the cutting edges.
Best Pliers Organizers
1. Pliers rack – best for toolbox drawers
A pliers rack is one of the most common pliers organizers. It has slots for storing pliers.
Pliers storage racks are either made of wire or plastic. Wire racks look like dishwasher racks with slots for inserting pliers. In fact, you can make a DIY wire rack for pliers from a dish rack.
Plastic pliers racks are similar to wire racks except that they have plastic walls to separate the pliers slots.
Pliers organizer racks are the most common way to organize pliers in a toolbox drawer. Wire racks are the best and most versatile because you can easily cut them to size to fit in your drawer or tool box. You just need to cut them to size with a bolt cutter or hack saw.
You can place pliers racks anywhere in the drawer. Personally, I prefer to place them at the back of the drawer so that pliers will stay in place when I open or shut the drawer.
You can also place the racks along the sides. Just don’t place them at the front of the drawer because the drawer wall will knock the pliers out of the holder when you shut the drawer.
Pliers organizer racks are the real space saver in the toolbox drawer. With them, two drawers of pliers can fit in one drawer and you will still have more space.
Pliers racks are a great way to optimize the small space in the tool box. Any handyman or technician with a tool cart should have them. They not only keep pliers stored in one place and readily accessible, but are also an effective way to group similar pliers together.
Types of pliers racks
There are two types of pliers racks: vertical racks and horizontal racks. The vertical racks store pliers vertically while horizontal racks organize pliers laterally.
Horizontal racks are the best for organizing pliers inside toolboxes and drawers whilst vertical pliers racks are for arranging pliers vertically on the desktop or workspace.
2. Tool Roll – best for tool bags
When you have just a handful of pliers, a tool roll can be a good way to organize them.
A tool roll is basically a piece of leather or canvas with pouches on one side for storing tools. A good one needs to be flexible enough to roll with tools but sturdy enough to hold your tools.
Tool rolls are common for carrying long slim tools such as wrench sets and chisels but some have wide pockets that can fit pliers.
You can use a tool roll to organize a few sets of pliers for storage in the toolbox or tool bag. It is the best pliers organizer for toolbags. It allows you to wrap a handful of pliers sets together and put them neatly in the tool bag.
You can even use a tool roll to carry your pliers without putting them in the toolbox or bag. Some rolls have zippable pockets that can be great for storing small EDC pliers.
Like all other tool organizers, a tool wrap or tool roll lets you keep your pliers in one place to prevent loss. It also takes your tool organization in the tool storage box or carrier a notch higher.
A tool roll is the best pliers organizer for transporting a handful of pliers.
3. Pegboard – best for shops
Almost every workshop has a pegboard for hanging tools. It is the best space saver in the shop or garage because it creates vertical tool storage spaces. You can use a pegboard to store and organize a variety of tools including your sets of pliers. It is the best stationary tool storage system.
If you don’t know what a pegboard is, it is a rectangular board with pre-drilled holes for fitting hooks or pegs. The holes are evenly spaced to ensure consistency and neatness when hanging tools.
Pegboards are best mounted on the wall. However, you will need to put a spacer between the board and the wall to allow the pegboard hooks to attach. And if you are hanging pegboard on drywall, you can use furring strips as spacers.
Most pegboard hooks will hold pliers securely on the board but pulling the pliers from the hook can be a pain. As such, there are specific pegboard hangers for pliers that are designed specifically for holding pliers. They have a much wider opening and won’t catch your pliers when trying to pull it out for use.
Alternatively, you can create your own adjustable pliers hanger on the pegboard using scrapwood and a dowel. Here is a video showing how to do it.
4. Wood pliers block – best for work bench
A wood pliers block or pallet is simply a block of wood with holes drilled in it for holding pliers. It stores pliers vertically by the handles.
A wood pliers pallet is one of the best pliers organizers for the workbench. It helps keep pliers off the bench and handy for work. It is one of the best storage options for jewelry pliers set.
As you know, most of the jewelry work happens on the benchtop. This means that a lot of jewelry tools will be lying all over your workspace if you don’t have a tool organizer. A wood pliers block offers a reliable storage solution for your jewelry-making pliers. It eliminates clutter from your work area by keeping your pliers organized and easily accessible.
Not to mention, wood pliers holders keep pliers upright. This helps protect the delicate jaws and edges of jewelry pliers.
The only disadvantage of woodblock pliers organizers is that the holes might be much bigger than some plier handles. This could make it difficult for some pliers to stay upright. For this reason, a wood pliers block is more suitable for a set of pliers from the same manufacturer because such pliers usually have similar handle sizes.
Otherwise, a wood pliers block offers a safe, quick draw storage solution for small pliers on the bench. It keeps pliers handy and does not take up a ton of space in your work area. It is also easy to make at home. You only need a block of wood, drill, and auger bit or spade bit.
5. Wood pliers stand – Best for worktable
A wood pliers stand is a good alternative to a wood block pliers organizer. It is another great space-saver on the work table.
However, unlike a wood block pliers holder that uses holes to stand pliers, a wooden pliers rack has dowels running across onto which you hang your pliers.
A wood pliers stand is good for organizing pliers of different sizes and handle widths. It is the perfect choice for organizing a collection of pliers with non-uniform handle grips.
Similar to a wooden block stand, a wooden plier rack stores pliers in an upright position. This means you cannot use it to organize huge pliers (above 10″) such as water pump pliers and needle nose pliers with long handles.
The rack is suitable for organizing small-size pliers such as jewelry pliers, electronic pliers, and other precision pliers.
There you have it. Those are the 5 most practical ways to organize pliers in your tool bag, toolbox, or work table. What makes them outstanding is the fact that you can make the organizers yourself with basic tools or buy ready-made ones. Whichever approach you choose, just know that a pliers organizer is necessary for properly managing sets of pliers. It will not only help save your space and time but also protect your pliers from damage.