Essentials for your first DIY toolkit

Are you getting ready to test out your DIY skills? Perhaps you’ve recently moved home and want to put your own stamp on the place. Alternatively, you might have ideas for improving older surroundings, or perhaps helping a loved one adapt theirs. Whatever the case, you’ll need a basic set of tools and equipment to help you get to work. 

You’re not alone either. Moving costs have hit record highs, pushing many to enhance what they have instead of upping sticks. With the right toolkit at your disposal, you’ll improve your home life and give yourself a sense of pride, all while saving money on labour. But where do you get started with so many tools and accessories out there?

Below, read up on five basic DIY toolkit essentials.


It’s possible to buy a range of screwdrivers in different sizes and configurations. But when you’re just getting started, a medium-sized flat head and medium-sized Phillips head should do the trick.

One feature you might want to look out for is a comfortable handle, given the pressure you could need to apply to it. Tiny screwdrivers can also be useful for more intricate work. 


A basic hammer will come in handy for all manner of jobs, from hanging pictures on the wall to woodworking. Again, there are many types of hammer – but a claw hammer is well suited to jobs around the home.

These tools come with a handy claw on the other side of the head, allowing you to remove the same hooks and nails easily too. 


Wrenches are another common hand tool that you might need on a regular basis. Their vice-like grip allows you to tighten or loosen nuts and bolts, as well as accessing pipe fittings. 

For tighter applications like nails and screws, a pair of pliers will give you the grip and force you need. 


It’s possible to complete many DIY tasks without an electric drill – but it will often take much longer, be more tiring, and leave you with less consistent results. So why not make your life easier?

Choose a cordless drill for better mobility, whether you’re drilling holes or driving screws. They’re usually a safer option too. 

Tape measure

A tape measure might not be the most exciting tool to buy, but you’ll rely on it at some point in almost every DIY project. From hanging pictures to measuring windows for curtains and calculating how much paint you need, accuracy is crucial for good results. 

Choose a measure with a lock feature to make measuring up as convenient as possible.

Over half of UK homeowners planned to renovate in 2021. With the right items in your toolkit, you’ll be on your way to joining them this year. 


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