Best Beginner DIY Tools

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Best Beginner DIY Tools

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This post has been updated since it’s original publish date of January 2024.

There are many great beginner DIY tools out there, but the best ones for you in particular will depend on the types of projects you will be making. However, when you have the correct tools, projects are exceedingly easier!

However, there are a few tools that no matter the project are essential for any skill level. Let’s get into more detail on those below.

Tips for buying starter tools

Stepping into the world of DIY can be exciting, but choosing the right tools can feel overwhelming. Here are 5 quick tips for how to choose your beginner DIY tools.

Hammers, cordless drill

Start with the basics 

You don’t need to buy all the latest and greatest tools to get started with DIY. Just focus on getting a few essential tools that you can use for a variety of projects.

I have a list below of the best basic tools and then after that great beginner DIY tools.

DIY Tool Hammer

Consider your budget

DIY tools can range in price from very affordable to quite expensive. Set a budget for yourself and stick to it.

Think about the types of projects you want to do

Once you know what types of projects you’re interested in, you can choose tools that are specifically designed for those tasks.

Read reviews

Before you buy any tool, read online reviews to see what other people have to say about it.

DIY tools clamps

Ask for help 

If you’re not sure which tool to choose, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a friend, family member, or employee at your local hardware store.

With the right tools and a little bit of practice, you can tackle almost any DIY project. Just be sure to start with small projects and work your way up to larger ones as you gain confidence.

DIY hammer, cordless drill, duct tape

Best Basic Tools for all Skill Levels

  • Tape measure
    A good tape measure is essential for any project, big or small.  Look for one that’s at least 25 feet long and has easy-to-read markings. This tool is helpful for measuring everything from the length of a board to the height of a wall.
DIY tool measuring tape
  • Level
    A level is used to make sure surfaces are perfectly horizontal or vertical.  There are many different types of levels available, but having a small 9″ level and a 24″ level are two great purchases for beginners. Whether you’re hanging a picture frame or building a deck levels are an essential tool.
DIY tool level
  • Screwdriver set
    A screwdriver set is essential for assembling furniture, hanging shelves, and other tasks that require driving screws.  Look for a set that includes both Phillips (these are the ones with a cross shaped tip) and flathead screwdrivers (these are the ones with a flat tip) in a variety of sizes. This mini screwdriver set it also helpful.
  • Hammer
    A hammer is a versatile tool that can be used for driving nails, breaking things apart, and more.  Choose a hammer that’s a comfortable size and weight for you for better control.
DIY tool hammer
  • Utility knife
    A utility knife is a great all-purpose tool that can be used for cutting cardboard, paper, carpet, and more.  Be sure to choose one with a retractable blade for safety.
  • Clamps
    Clamps are like the second set of hands you never knew you needed. They are helpful for holding your DIY projects while glue dries, when you need to make specific cuts or nail/screw things together. I highly recommend getting a variety pack of sizes and types because you will find uses for all of them.
DIY tool quick grip clamps
  • Miter Saw
    Miter saws are power tools used to make precise cuts in wood. Although they can seem intimidating, they are a great starting saw. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, with features like sliding fences and bevel options for more complex cuts.
DIY tool miter saw
  • Hex Key Set
    A hex key set comes in handy when you lose the Allen wrench that came in the box with your furniture set. A hex key set is a collection of L-shaped tools that are used to tighten and loosen fasteners with hexagonal heads. These fasteners are also known as hex bolts or Allen screws. Hex key sets come in various sizes to fit different fasteners.
  • Stud Finder
    A stud finder is a handy tool used to locate the wooden supports (studs) hidden behind walls in your house. These studs are essential for securely hanging shelves, cabinets, or heavy pictures. By detecting density changes or magnetic fields, stud finders help you locate the exact spot to drill and ensure your projects are well-supported. I love all three of these stud finders (option 1, option 2, option 3).
DIY hammer, screwdriver and safety glasses

Great Beginner tools

Once you have some of these basic tools, you can start adding more specialized DIY tools to your collection as you need them. Below are a few suggestions for tools that are best Beginner DIY tools.

Here are some of my favorite basic DIY power tools:

  • Speed Square
    A speed square or the triangle square, is a multi-purpose tool used to draw straight lines at a right angle to the edge of a board or wall. It gives you 45- and 90- degree angles and can also be used as a ruler.
DIY tool speed square
  • Drill and driver
    A drill and driver is a must-have for any DIYer.  It can be used for drilling holes, driving screws and even things like mixing paint.  Cordless drills are more convenient than corded drills, but corded drills tend to be more powerful options.
  • Jigsaw
    A jigsaw is a wonderful saw that can be used for cutting curves and irregular shapes. It’s a great tool for making shelves, cutting trim and other woodworking projects. Choose a jigsaw that is an easy size for you to control and has a variety of blades.
DIY tool jigsaw
  • Power drill
    A power drill is a great way to drill holes quickly and easily. I use mine constantly also for installing furniture with one million screws. Look for a cordless drill that is easy to handle and has a variety of drill bits.
DIY tool power drill
  • Circular saw
    A circular saw is a powerful saw that can be used for making straight cuts in wood.  It’s a great tool when you have a piece of wood that is too big for a miter saw to cut, roughly larger than ~10″. Choose a circular saw that is the right size for your needs and has a safety blade guard.
    NOTE – If this tool intimidates you, often combining a straight edge, clamp and a jigsaw will work as well.
  • Random orbital sander
    A random orbital sander is a great tool for smoothing out rough surfaces.  It works wonders better than sanding by hand with sand paper or even a sanding block. Anytime you have a decent amount of area to be smoothed, using an orbital sander will save you hand cramping and time.

The best way to find the right tools for you is to experiment and see what you like to use. Don’t be afraid to ask for help at your local hardware store or home improvement center. The staff there can help you choose the right tools for your needs and budget.

DIY miter saw, painters tape and safety glasses

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