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10 Easy Pieces: Metal Toolboxes

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10 Easy Pieces: Metal Toolboxes

February 26, 2019

I’ve been stuck with the same plastic toolbox for the last 5 years. I remember when I bought it: We had just moved to New York and were amassing more and more tools for the various fix-it projects around the house. We needed something quick to contain them so I bought one at the hardware store down the street. It was black so not too bad, but whenever I opened the closet and saw it sitting there the toolbox negatively impacted my mood—at a least a little bit. So recently I thought I’d spend a little extra to solve the problem. When my all-steel toolbox from Japan arrived in the mail, I think I let out an audible sigh. Problem solved.

Here are 10-plus good-looking toolboxes to better the visual display in your life—be it sitting in the garage, utility closet, or out in the open.

The House Doctor Toolbox in White is made entirely of white powder coated steel; $58.05 at Goodhood in London. It&#8
Above: The House Doctor Toolbox in White is made entirely of white powder coated steel; $58.05 at Goodhood in London. It’s also available in a muted Army Green for the same price at Goodhood.
The Best Made Co.  Inch Toolbox, available in matte black (shown) and red for $88.
Above: The Best Made Co. 15 Inch Toolbox, available in matte black (shown) and red for $88.
The compact (but good-looking) Muji Steel Tool Box measuring about  by 7 by 5 inches and is made in Japan; $30 at Muji.
Above: The compact (but good-looking) Muji Steel Tool Box measuring about 15 by 7 by 5 inches and is made in Japan; $30 at Muji.
The Cantilever Tool Box is made in Southern California from high quality ( and
Above: The Cantilever Tool Box is made in Southern California from high quality (20 and 22 gauge) steel and has a long piano style hinge; $75 for the small size (shown) and $77 for the large at The Good Liver in Los Angeles.
From Japanese company Toyo Steel Co. LTD, the Large T-3 Toolbox made of stainless steel is $.60 at La Trésorerie in France via Trouva.
Above: From Japanese company Toyo Steel Co. LTD, the Large T-320 Toolbox made of stainless steel is $28.60 at La Trésorerie in France via Trouva.
The Tool and Utensil Box Plus is available in Stone Grey/Anthracite (shown) or Light Grey/Fire Red is made of high-grade industrial quality with removable plastic insert trays; €43 at Manufactum.
Above: The Tool and Utensil Box Plus is available in Stone Grey/Anthracite (shown) or Light Grey/Fire Red is made of high-grade industrial quality with removable plastic insert trays; €43 at Manufactum.
My personal favorite (this is the toolbox I bought recently) is from Puebco, a Japanese utilitarian company we&#8
Above: My personal favorite (this is the toolbox I bought recently) is from Puebco, a Japanese utilitarian company we’ve featured on Remodelista before: the 100-percent Steel Toolbox is small (9 by 11 by 5 inches) from Chandal in Barcelona via Trouva.
The classic Japanese Trusco Tool Box Y-350 comes in blue, olive (shown), or silver for $46 at Rikumo.
Above: The classic Japanese Trusco Tool Box Y-350 comes in blue, olive (shown), or silver for $46 at Rikumo.
The Best Made Co. Front Loading Toolbox in red, matte black, or navy (shown) is a larger version of the -inch Best Made toolbox featured above. This one is $8 at Best Made Co.
Above: The Best Made Co. Front Loading Toolbox in red, matte black, or navy (shown) is a larger version of the 15-inch Best Made toolbox featured above. This one is $148 at Best Made Co.
The Stainless Steel Toolbox from Japan measures 4.5 by  by 7 inches is $8 at Manufactum in Germany.
Above: The Stainless Steel Toolbox from Japan measures 4.5 by 15 by 7 inches is $178 at Manufactum in Germany.
The larger Trusco Blue Cantilever Toolbox is common in Japan; it has a cantilever mechanism and comes in bright textured blue steel; £0 at Labour & Wait.
Above: The larger Trusco Blue Cantilever Toolbox is common in Japan; it has a cantilever mechanism and comes in bright textured blue steel; £130 at Labour & Wait.
The Aluminum Lunch Box is, in fact, a lunch box, but can easily be used to store a select group of household tools; it&#8
Above: The Aluminum Lunch Box is, in fact, a lunch box, but can easily be used to store a select group of household tools; it’s $70 for the 10 inch size and $75 for the 14 inch at The Good Liver in Los Angeles.
For a really rugged and industrial option, though still good-looking, the Tactix  Inch Steel Tool Box in dark navy blue is one of the largest on our list; it&#8
Above: For a really rugged and industrial option, though still good-looking, the Tactix 20 Inch Steel Tool Box in dark navy blue is one of the largest on our list; it’s $51.86 at Hay Needle.

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