Basic tools that everyone should own


Whether you have an urgent repair job in your home or a long-term DIY project in the works, you need to have a comprehensive set of tools. And it’s something more and more people are realising. In March 2020, online sales of home improvement and gardening retail products grew almost by 50 per cent compared to the same period the year before. Below, we explore the basic tools that everyone should own. 

Screwdriver set

Unscrewing fixtures and securing screws in place is at the heart of many DIY jobs. It can be incredibly frustrating when you don’t have the right collection of screwdrivers to continue with a job. Screwdriver sets can vary in price from just over £10 to around £60. More expensive sets will give you more screwdriver sizes and perks such as magnetic tips, but ultimately you should go for the set that will suit your DIY projects the best.

Duct tape

Duct tape is a versatile tool that can benefit you in every day life as well as during DIY projects. This tough, durable tape can be used to repair or fix most materials in place. And it should be easy enough to purchase at most DIY outlets too.

Safety accessories

When you’re just starting out with DIY, you want to be as safe as possible. Safety accessories are often overlooked but they can help you avoid serious injury if you make a mistake. Work gloves are one of the first pieces you should go for: they make DIY work more comfortable and if you slip, they can prevent you from seriously cutting your hands. On top of this, a ventilator can help you breathe in a dusty environment, while knee pads and glasses should be considered as essentials too.


Pliers are extremely useful for many DIY tasks. They can help you precisely cut or clamp tough wires and metals during your projects. There’s a wide array of different pliers available though and it can be worth having a few different variations in your toolbox to cover you for different projects.


A hammer is a must have for nine out of ten DIY projects. This tool can help you firmly nail materials together, while a claw hammer has the added benefit of being able to prise nails back out of a material. One hammer should be enough, as long as it feels comfortable and easy to wield. 

If you’re considering any DIY job you’ll need a basic toolbox. By purchasing duct tape, safety equipment, pliers, a hammer and a screwdriver set you should be prepared for your next exciting project.