Essential tools for home improvement projects

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s the perfect time for a spot of DIY and a home improvement project. But, whether you’re new to whole ‘do it yourself’ genre, or you’re an avid fan of making changes to your home, there might be some tools that can help with the whole process. Whilst jobs that involve plumbing and gas should really be left to the experts, projects that involve up-cycling furniture, decorating rooms, and even knocking down a wall (as long as it’s not weight-bearing) are fun to get on with.

Philips screwdriver set

The Holy Grail of the toolbox, a Philips or X-shape screwdriver will see you through most DIY jobs. Choose one with a handle that accepts interchangeable tips so you can cover a wide range of screw types and sizes.

Flathead screwdriver

A flathead or straight screwdriver is just as invaluable as a Philips. Having the right size flathead can make a huge difference in any job. Start with a set of three – small, medium and large – and you’ll be able to handle most jobs.

Tape measure

Whether you need to work out how much wallpaper you need. or check to see if the furniture you’ve already ordered will fit, a tape measure is indispensable when it comes to your home improvement project. It’s always a good idea to measure more than once – ‘measure twice, cut once’!


If you’re trying to reach tight corners for sanding floor-boards or sand a large piece of furniture, an electric sander from SGS will get the job done. Choose a sander that operates with an orbital motion for a smooth finish.


Whilst we all like to think our eyes can judge if something is straight, the truth is even the smallest of errors will make picture frames, shelves, floorboards or other objects completely off-line. Take the guesswork out and use a spirit level to measure. If you’re an avid home-improver, you might want to get levels in varying lengths.


Virtually all home improvement projects require a hammer. From putting nails in, to taking them out. It goes without saying you need a quality hammer with a bit of weight behind the head, but not too much that it becomes cumbersome. The leverage can also assist you with your projects.

Utility knife

An underrated tool, a utility knife is a useful addition to your toolkit. From cutting paint around windows, to opening boxes, scoring drywall and even trimming edges of a carpet. The uses of a utility knife are far-reaching, you’ll be surprised how you ever got by without one.

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