8 Best Tool Panels [2022 Updated]

Tool panels are extremely useful for keeping the work environment tidy, but they can also be adapted for other purposes; in our buying guide we will deepen the topic further in order to facilitate the search for the model that best suits your needs.

In our ranking, on the other hand, the eight most requested tool panels, among all those currently on the market, are examined in more detail; the ones that have been most popular with buyers are the set from the Fixkit company , consisting of three perforated metal panels, and the Stark Red Line tool shelf , a quality German product, designed especially for mechanical workshops.

8 Best Tool Panels [2022 Updated]

Usually we tend to underestimate both the importance and the characteristics that a good tool panel must have; in spite of this, in the first places there are some products that clearly stand out from the standard average.

1. Metal Magery Sheet Metal Skin Wedge Pry Bar Tool Door Panel

According to the opinions of numerous satisfied buyers, the best tool panel in terms of value for money is the one produced for the Fixkit brand; and in fact it ranks first in our ranking precisely because it is one of the best-selling models online.

Specifically, it is a set that includes three perforated panels with the dimensions of 60 x 40 x 2 centimeters, which depending on the needs of the case can be hung on the wall individually or in sequence, so as to form a single tool holder surface of the dimensions of 60 x 120cm.

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The panels are made of good quality metal, powder coated in black color, and the package also includes four 10cm long hooks, four 6cm long hooks, four hammer holders, two key rack mounts, two holders universal and a drill holder.

Pros

Quality: The materials are of excellent quality, as both the panels and the other accessories contained in the kit are made of metal and powder coated, the panels are black and the hooks are red.

Versatile: The panels can be placed side by side, and in this case the system is expandable indefinitely, or fixed to the wall individually, depending on the space available or to your specific needs.

Set: The package also contains a good number of hooks and racks of various types, compatible with tools and power tools; the hooks can be positioned as desired, depending on the needs of the case.

Cons

Fixing: The type of holes for fixing to the wall make it a bit cumbersome to hang, especially as regards the perfect leveling of the panels.

2. GOOACC 5PCS Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit No-

If you are wondering where to buy a new tool panel that is designed as a shelf, good quality but available at low prices, then you should take a look at the one manufactured by Stark Red Line, a division specializing in the production of power tools and equipment three divisions headed by the German company Stark.

Despite being the cheapest among the different tool panels we have compared, the Stark Red Line shelf stands out from the others for the high quality of the manufacturing materials; in fact it is entirely made of high-strength thermoformed plastic, measuring 61 x 16 x 60 centimeters and is capable of supporting a maximum weight of 25 kilograms, including various equipment and power tools.

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The only flaw of this shelf, unfortunately, is that the holes for housing the tools are not suitable for storing keys and the hooks available for this purpose are few.

Pros

German quality: The tool shelf produced by the Stark Red Line division is also characterized by an above average quality; despite being made entirely of plastic, in fact, it is resistant and withstands a maximum weight of 25 kilograms.

Easy to install: Only four anchors are required for wall mounting; the four visible holes also make the correct alignment of the shelf extremely simple.

Economical: The Stark Red Line tool shelf has the added advantage of having a competitive price to say the least, so it is ideal for those who want to buy a quality product without spending too much.

Cons

Keys: The shape of the holes prevents use with keys, and the number of hooks available are few, so it is not suitable for hanging a large set of keys.

3. OEMTOOLS 25313 Door Panel Remover, Constructed from High Carbon Steel

In relation to the services offered, the price may appear a little too high; in fact, the Element System perforated panel ranks only in third place precisely because it is more expensive than the average.

From a qualitative point of view, however, it is difficult to find something better; Element System, in fact, is a renowned German company specialized in the manufacture of high quality shelves, brackets, clips, suspension systems, shelving, table legs and other support systems. The company is ISO 9001 certified and its products, as well as being guaranteed for 10 years, are all verified according to the TÜV quality standard.

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Furthermore, the kit in question is also well equipped, as it consists of two perforated panels, each measuring 80 x 20 centimeters, two wall uprights 50 centimeters long and 19 additional elements, including boxes and tool hooks of various guy.

Pros

Well equipped: The kit is one of the most equipped that can be found on the market, in fact it is complete not only with hooks and rack for wrenches, but also four boxes and the plugs necessary for fixing are included.

Quality: The panels, the rack and the other elements are made of high quality steel, solid, resistant and painted in white color in order to increase the resistance to corrosion.

Warranty: Like all products of the German company Element System, this kit is also covered by a 10-year warranty, and is also in possession of the TÜV quality certification.

Cons

Price: This is a high quality German product made with first choice materials, therefore it is characterized by an above average price.

4. Blinky Sipa 579 perforated panel in painted sheet metal

The Blinky Sipa 579 is characterized by a decent quality-price ratio, and is an article intended above all for those who have no particular needs; it is in fact a simple perforated panel made of metallic dark blue painted sheet.

The quality of the material is average, so the panel is solid and offers good resistance to wear and corrosion, and the measurements are also very appreciable for their width, which is approximately 98 x 45 centimeters. Since it is an inexpensive product, however, buyers have also pointed out its limitations.

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The dark color, for example, in poor light conditions makes it more difficult to quickly identify hanging tools; in addition, there are no fixing grooves on the rear folded edge, so the panel could move easily if bumped. All in all, however, considering the cost of the accessory, these are negligible flaws.

Pros

Accessible: The cost is low, especially in relation to the size, and is easily sustainable even for those who have a limited spending budget.

Large: The measures of the panel are approximately 98 x 45 centimeters, so the space available is quite large and allows you to hang a large amount of tools and utensils of various types.

For DIY: Its features, as well as the easily accessible cost, make it especially suitable for DIY enthusiasts and novice hobbyists.

Cons

Color: According to some, the too dark color of the panel, in low light conditions, makes it difficult to easily recognize the hanging tools, especially if they are many.

5.GOOACC 5PCS Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit No

Another product appreciated above all thanks to its affordable cost is the kit by Art Plast, an Italian company specializing in molding that boasts 40 years of experience in the production of items for daily use, from gardening to construction.

The tool holder kit proposed by Art Plast consists of two perforated panels measuring 50 x 50 centimeters, two shelves and 50 assorted hooks; the whole set is made of polypropylene, so all elements are characterized by an excellent degree of rigidity and wear resistance. As for the color, however, the two panels are black while the shelves and hooks are yellow.

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The characteristics of the Art Plast kit make it suitable as a support for all types of tools, thanks to the possibility of customizing the location of the hooks; the latter, however, are qualitatively inferior to panels and shelves.

Pros

Made in Italy: Unlike other Italian companies, which have outsourced production, Art Plast has kept its factory in upper Lomellina, consequently its products are all 100% made in Italy.

Economic: Another advantage of the Art Plast kit consists in the excellent quality-price ratio, thanks to which it has enjoyed considerable market success among the amateur user range.

Versatile: The kit consists of two tool panels offering a total area of ​​100 x 50 centimeters, two shelves and 50 hooks, so it can support a wide range of equipment.

Cons

Hooks: The quality of the hooks is slightly lower than that of the panels and shelves; considering the price, however, it is a negligible flaw.

6. GOOACC 5PCS Auto Trim Removal Tool Kit No-Scratch Pry Tool Kit

The one produced by the German company Deuba, on the other hand, is a wall set intended for a very specific function, namely that of accommodating small parts of various types and sizes; moreover, like the Art Plast kit examined previously, the Deuba set is also made entirely of polypropylene and therefore available at a decidedly convenient cost.

The Deuba set consists of two black panels measuring 32 x 38 x 2 centimeters, which can be fixed to the wall individually or wedged together to form a total surface of 64 x 38 centimeters. There are also twelve large black containers and eighteen small red containers, also made of polypropylene; therefore, fifteen containers, six large and nine small, can be fixed on each panel.

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The quality level of the product, however, is decidedly mediocre, so it is recommended only for the less demanding.

Pros

For small parts: The Deuba panel is specially designed to support a large quantity and variety of small parts, metallic and otherwise, therefore it is a product intended for those with specific needs in this regard.

Economical: The price is reduced and easily accessible, since both the panel and the containers for small parts are entirely made of polypropylene.

Visibility: The containers are designed for the placement of tags, furthermore the large ones are black while the small ones are red; this facilitates visual feedback and allows their content to be identified more quickly.

Cons

Quality: The quality of the product is mediocre, so it is recommended above all for domestic use and for the less demanding and more cost-conscious user group.

7. Element System kit for perforated metal wall

The high quality of the tool panels produced by the German company Element System is appreciated above all by professionals and by the most demanding users. The constituent elements, in fact, are made with first choice materials certified according to the TÜV standard.

The product in question is a modular kit consisting of four uprights and four brackets for fixing to the wall, four perforated panels and two shelves to be connected to the uprights and brackets, two small hooks and a large one to be fixed directly to the wall, eighteen anchors, 25 hooks of various types, four containers for small parts, a rack for keys, two racks for screwdrivers and five holders for various tools, for a total total of 72 elements.

The panels measure 80 x 20 centimeters each and can be assembled both vertically and horizontally; the only flaw consists in the cost, which being proportionate to the quality is quite high.

Pros

High quality: The panels and other metal elements of the Element System kit are made of solid powder-coated steel, and the plastic elements are also of high quality TÜV certified.

Rich in accessories: The kit consists of 72 elements, many of which are hooks, racks and supports that allow you to hang tools and tools of various types, even quite heavy; Also included are four drawers for small parts.

Modular: The panels can be fixed to the wall both vertically and horizontally, depending on the needs and available space; Also included are two shelves and three wall hooks, which can be attached at will.

Cons

Expensive: The quality of the products of the German company Element System is decidedly high, consequently the price is too; therefore the kit is recommended only for the most demanding.

8. Metal Magery Sheet Metal Skin Wedge Pry Bar Tool Door Panel 

We conclude our ranking of the best tool panels of 2021 with an article by the English company Sealey, which specializes in the production of hand, electric and pneumatic tools, equipment for lighting, heating, cooling, lifting and material handling, lubricants, tools and other accessories for mechanical workshops and craft workshops.

The S0765 consists of a pair of perforated panels designed for wall mounting which measure approximately 30 x 50 centimeters and which are made of composite plastic material, extremely rigid and resistant but which, if necessary, can be cut in order to adapt them to the various needs.

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The package also contains an assortment of 18 hooks, made of the same material, and the certificate with a one-year product warranty. Being an economic product the quality is in the average standard; the only flaw is constituted by the hooks, which having only one insert instead of two tend to detach more easily.

Pros

Affordable cost: The Sealey pair of panels is characterized by a low price and is especially appreciated by those who have strictly domestic needs, such as DIY enthusiasts and novice hobbyists.

Composite material: They are made of composite plastic and offer a fair level of stiffness and strength; their quality is average to standard in relation to the price.

Versatile: Many buyers have purchased these panels to use them as displays for jewelry and objects of various kinds, therefore, they have the additional advantage of being very versatile as regards the possible applications of use.

Cons

Hooks: They are single insert, unfortunately, so they offer less stability and hold compared to those with double insert; if necessary, therefore, they must be replaced.

How to choose the best tool panels

The number and type of tools owned are the first criterion on which to base oneself in identifying which tool-holder panel to buy; on the market, in fact, there are many types, some even very expensive.

For home or professional use

As mentioned above, to understand how to choose a good tool panel you must first rely on what your equipment is, including consumables.

In fact, this accessory is available in different shapes and sizes, and its cost can vary both according to these requirements and according to the material with which it is manufactured; the latter also affects the structural characteristics, especially the duration and the useful weight capacity that it is able to withstand.

It is superfluous to remember that tool panels intended for professional use are much more expensive than those designed for hobby and amateur use; this does not mean that the choice to buy a model with a higher price, regardless of the intended use, is also subject to the needs of the buyer, who in some cases may prefer quality to savings.

The space available is another very important factor; the tool panels are specially made to optimize the storage of tools in order to avoid wasting space as much as possible. In any case, however, the panels themselves represent a footprint in themselves, so it is important to carefully evaluate the measures they must have.

Dimensions and materials of manufacture

The problem of available space is common above all among hobbyists and enthusiasts who delight in DIY in their free time and who in most cases only have a small room, or shed, where they can devote themselves to their business.

In this case it is preferable to move towards the modular tool panels and start by purchasing only one or two, so as not to take up too much space but at the same time reserve the possibility of further increasing the useful surface of the panel by adding other modules, especially if the supply of tools increases over time with the purchase of new elements.

If among the hanging tools there are also power tools, moreover, it is good to spend a little more and choose a panel made with good materials, such as polypropylene or steel, and therefore able to offer greater guarantees of tightness and resistance.

In the range of medium and low cost products there are also generic tool panels made of wood, which are usually not designed for coupling to other modules. These are especially suitable for general purpose home use; in addition to various types of utensils and tools, in fact, they can act as a support for small shelves, always made of wood, and therefore also be used as functional furnishing elements.

Watch out for accessories

Another aspect that should not be underestimated when choosing a tool panel is its range of accessories. The cheaper models, in fact, are often such only by virtue of the fact that they have no accessories, or in any case have a very limited supply of hooks both in terms of number and type. If you do not already have the appropriate panel hooks, then, in choosing an economic product you will be forced to buy them separately, and this will in any case affect the overall cost.

The high-end tool panels, on the other hand, in addition to being made with better materials, usually have a wider and more articulated range of accessories which, in addition to different types of hooks for hanging tools, also includes drawers for small parts, shelves and more. again, as in the case of the modular models produced by the German company Element System.

How to assemble and organize a tool panel

Use good quality dowels

The recommendation to correctly mount the tool panel to the wall may seem superfluous, but in reality it is one of the most important aspects for the functionality of the same. In fact, very often, especially in the home and amateurs, there is a tendency to underestimate the possible increase in tools; over time, new ones can be purchased and they will find a place on the panel, thus posing the problem of weight.

A single hammer or set of keys, taken individually, are light, but when hung together with screwdrivers and other tools they create an overall weight that rests on the panel, therefore it is extremely important that it is fixed to the wall in such a way as to do not risk it detaching and falling, taking all the tools with you.

Consequently, it is better to avoid using the small plugs that are supplied with the accessories, especially in the case of low-cost panels, and replace them with larger and better quality plugs, able to ensure a more effective seal.

Pay attention to symmetry

Before fixing the panel to the wall it is better to mark in advance the points where the holes for the dowels will be drilled. For this purpose it is advisable to use a level and a pencil, trying to be as precise as possible in maintaining the right height for all the anchor points; the best solution, where possible, is to use a laser level.

Symmetry must be perfect for several reasons. If the panel is fixed to the wall with a slight slope on one side or the other, in fact, there will be an imbalance in the forces of unloading the weight which, in the long run, could lead to the failure of one of the anchoring points; symmetry is also important if the need arises, subsequently, to add further modules to the panel already present to further expand the useful surface.

In this case, if the panel is crooked, adding the module will further accentuate the slope, and therefore increase the risk of failure of the block on which the sum of the weight unloading forces is concentrated.

How to place the tools on the panel

Once the panel has been correctly fixed to the wall, then, it is necessary to organize the placement of the various tools and utensils in a reasoned way. It is good to avoid concentrating all heavy tools on one side, for example, such as hammers, wrenches and power tools, and hanging lighter ones, such as sets of wrenches and screwdrivers, on the opposite side; instead, it is important to distribute the weight as evenly as possible.

It is also preferable to place the heavier power tools and tools along the top band to keep them closer to the anchor points that hold the weight of the entire panel, and to place the lighter tools along the bottom band.

Frequent questions

How much does a tool panel cost?

The price can fluctuate between 15 and 200 euros and more depending on the manufacturer, the type and the materials of manufacture; the cost, moreover, can further vary when buying modular units that can be assembled according to specific needs.

How much weight does a tool panel hold?

The load capacity varies mainly according to the material with which it is manufactured and the way in which it is fixed to the wall; if the panel is firmly anchored and without slopes, even if made of plastic, it is able to withstand a fairly high overall weight.

The safest, of course, are those made of sheet steel, but the material with which the tool holder hooks are made must also be taken into account; those in cheap plastic, in fact, may not bear a weight greater than about two kilos.

What are tool panels made of?

Depending on the case and the price, the tool panel can be made of solid wood, MDF or plastic, mostly polypropylene thanks to its stiffness; the best from the point of view of sealing and safety are those made of sheet steel.

How to fix a tool panel correctly?

To properly anchor a tool panel to the wall, it is not recommended to use simple nails; it is also advisable to avoid the anchors usually supplied in the accessories supplied with the panel itself, unless they are of proven quality.

The panel, depending on the intended use, will bear a fairly high overall weight, so it is good to fix it with high quality plugs that can guarantee a high seal.

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