Workers must keep their tools organized, secure, and safe for maximum productivity. If you’ve ever fussed and fiddled around in your toolbox for a specific tool, you know what it’s like!
Foam toolbox organizers and inserts are an affordable and effective way to keep your tools separated and extra secure, so you—and your employees—will never waste time trawling through loose tools again.
In this article, we’ll detail foam toolbox organizers and how they work. We’ll then list a few alternatives to ensure you can find a product that suits your business’s needs.
What is a foam toolbox organiser?
Foam toolbox organizers are foam pads with cutouts in the shape of different tools, such as long slits for screwdrivers or small holes for nuts and bolts. Some varieties also feature simple square or round cutouts for storing oddly-shaped items.
Some toolboxes come with foam organizers built-in, while others require an insert. These inserts are widely available at hardware stores around Australia.
Foam inserts are a popular choice for tradespeople needing lightweight, portable, and durable storage for their tools.
Types of foam toolbox organizers and how they work
Foam organizers come in an enormous range of sizes. Some feature slots for spanners and screwdrivers, while others allow for a whole set of tools, including box cutters, pliers, wrenches, nuts, bolts, Allen keys, and more.
You can even buy blank foam inserts, simply large foam squares designed to fit into a toolbox. You can then place your tools on the foam mat in the positions of your choice and slice around them with a simple cutting tool. Your tools will then stay in place exactly as you want them.
Toolbox organizer alternatives
If you’d prefer something stronger and more durable than foam, other options are available for organizing tools. Two of the most popular options are plastic trays and polystyrene trays.
Plastic trays are more durable and resistant to wear and tear than foam, although they are less customizable. Foam inserts allow you to modify and add storage slots for maximum functionality, while plastic slots are essentially set in place.
When shopping for plastic tray organizers, choosing a versatile option with enough space for the tools you plan to store is critical. The tray should also slot into your toolbox tightly—otherwise, your tools could fly around as soon as you pick it up!
Another option is the tool holder. These products are normally made from plastic or metal and feature several slots, allowing you to secure your tools upright. You can typically secure them inside your toolbox with velcro.
Make a smart investment
Keeping tools well-organized is essential for a smoothly running, productive trade business. Throwing tools loosely into a box only leads to wasted time searching for the right tool—and all this rustling around can also cause significant tool damage.
Investing in high-quality organizers and inserts will ensure your employees have easy access to their tools at all times and will keep them secure and safe.