Must-Have DIY Tools to Make Life Easier

Tools are there to make your life easier. You can’t complete some jobs without them, and they can even help speed up the process of the job.

If you’re wanting to upgrade your toolbox, or you’re looking to start DIY but not sure the best tools to go for first, we have compiled a list of must-haves for anyone wanting to give it a go.

From must-haves like a hammer and tape measure, to the quirkier tools for the more interesting jobs, like upholstery nails, check out our list of essential DIY tools to use for all types of DIY projects.

Upholstery Nails

You can use upholstery nails for a range of projects. You can use them instead of sewing fabric, or you can choose to use them as a decorative final touch to dress up a project or object.

Not only will using upholstery nails cut your sewing time, but it will also give a better hold to the fabric. Using certain materials like leather can make sewing tricky, so using something stronger like upholstery nails can provide a more reliable finish.

You can find upholstery nails in any shape, size and colour you can think of. That’s what makes them so great for adding a unique touch to a project.

Stud Finder

When hanging anything heavy like a piece of art or picture frame, you need to make sure it stays in place. You also need to avoid hanging it in an area on the wall that will cause damage. The way to do this is with a stud finder.

This tool can detect AC wiring, objects such as pipes and rebar in concrete so you can make sure you’re nailing into a safe part of the wall. Choose from an electronic or magnetic stud finder.

Nail Gun

If you’re wanting to speed up a project, a nail gun is your go-to. They’re a good choice if you don’t want to use a hammer. They require less strength from yourself and take a lot of pressure off the person doing DIY, making it a handy tool for jobs that take a long time to complete.

Tackle a variety of jobs with a nail gun or staple gun, quickly driving in nails.

Tape Measure

Make sure to find one at least 5m long and one that isn’t flimsy, so it can be used time and time again. You never know when you’ll need one, so carrying around a mini one in your bag can come in handy.


A no-brainer, a hammer is a must-have in your toolbox. You can’t get a lot done without one, no matter how strong you might think you are! You can get a range of different types, depending on the job you’re looking to do.

The most helpful is a basic curved-claw hammer as it can hammer nails in as well as remove them. It also isn’t too heavy for beginners but has enough power to drive force into a nail.


Pliers are a must-use to help twist wires, cut wires or to grip and pull objects. They help with the precision of DIY tasks which make them useful for perfectionists. Get a set of combination pliers with insulated handles to avoid unexpected shocks.

Electric Screwdriver

Screwdrivers can be tricky to use, but for ease and control opt for an electric version. It’s always handy to have a range of sized screwdrivers for the odd job.

PPE – Personal Protection Equipment

Goggles, a face mask and gloves are a must for larger DIY projects. You don’t want to cause serious damage to yourself.

Level Up Your Toolbox

Whether you’re wanting to add new tools into your kit, or you’re just starting out and need somewhere to start, this list includes the top tools to begin with.

Depending on the type of project you’re working on, there are so many tools to choose from so make sure you have the correct tools before you begin. However, starting with the basics is the best way to go.

Upholstery nails are set to jazz up any project, but don’t forget to stock up on the necessities first, like hammers, pliers, screwdrivers etc.

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