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What DIY Tools do Beginners Need?

Whether you are renovating your first home or want to get into making your own furniture, the importance of having the right tools for the job is something that will never change. 

No matter what kind of projects you are planning, the right tools will help make it easier for you to accomplish the results that you want. 

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If you are just starting out, it’s best to make sure that you have got all the basics before you start looking into more specialized tool options. Here are some DIY basics that every beginner should invest in. 

Screwdriver Kit

A screwdriver could be necessary for almost every job that you decide to do whether you are assembling flat-pack furniture or changing out your door handles. 

Chances are that if you are just starting out, you don’t have a screwdriver for all the jobs that you could end up doing, so getting a full screwdriver kit should be one of the top priorities. 

Making sure that you have the right sized screwdriver for every job you do will definitely make things easier, since using the wrong size of screwdriver could make an easy task much harder by increasing the risk of slipping or damaging the screw and making it harder to get out. 


You never know when or where you might need a drill, whether you’re hanging up pictures in your new house or need a little bit more power to get behind a screw that’s not budging with a screwdriver. 

A cordless drill is an ideal choice because it gives you more manoeuvrability and you can easily take it into spaces like the attic or basement where you might not have access to power sockets. 

But when it comes to tasks like drilling holes in brick walls for shelving, a power drill is going to be more effective – so it’s worth investing in both. 

While drills are predominately used for making holes, you might be surprised at the number of tasks that you can do with one - you can even cut wood

Utility Knife

A good utility knife like a Stanley knife should be at the top of your list when it comes to getting the tools that you need for your DIY projects.

Whether you are trimming down wallpaper when decorating or removing mouldy sealant from around your shower to apply a fresh seal, your utility knife can come in handy in a wide range of different ways. 


A hammer could easily be one of the tools that you are going to reach for the most when doing DIY projects. Whether you want to repair a fence, assemble flat-pack furniture or hang a picture on the wall, a good hammer is just the tool that you need. 

A claw hammer is an ideal choice because you can also use it to grab and pull nails out of walls or other fixtures easily. 

Spirit Level

It can often be hard to judge just by looking at something if it is perfectly straight, which is where a spirit level will come in handy. 

Whether you are lining up frames to create a decorative picture wall in your front room or hanging a mirror in the bathroom, coming back to realize that it’s not on straight can be very frustrating.

Save yourself the extra work by using a spirit level to make sure that everything is straight the first time. 

No matter what kind of DIY projects you are planning, these are the basic tools that you’re going to need in your toolbox before you get started. They are useful for a variety of jobs and you’ll probably rely on them more than you realise. 

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