Tool Belt 101: Master Tips and Maintenance

A tool belt is a crucial accessory for many in the trades, able to help with the organisation of tools as well as improve efficiency. 

There are some who dislike wearing a tool belt as they find it too restrictive on their movement or too heavy, but there can be far bigger inconveniences caused by not wearing a tool belt. 

Those without a tool belt will have to constantly go up and down a ladder to fetch or leave tools; will have to put bolts, nuts and screws in their pockets and get them mixed up, and waste time looking for misplaced tools. Small tools will also have to be carried by hand and will not stay in a convenient location, resulting in a loss of efficiency. 

This is why it is so important to make use of a tool belt for projects of many different sizes. There are even different kinds of tool belts that can be utilised for different circumstances, with the type depending on the nature of your current project in addition to personal preference in the likes of design, style and material. RS Components has a wide range of options to suit your needs.

Types of tool belts


This is the most commonly available type of tool belt, one of the biggest benefits of which is the fixed position it is in. This tool belt type is crucial for those who want to be able to find the pocket that specific tools are stored in as easily as possible, though they are smaller than some other types and also not as easily customisable. 


This tool belt is ideal for use when more control for tools and layout is desired. The tool belt allows tools to stay as close to your hand as possible at all times. These tool belt types are usually bigger and much more customisable, making them a favoured option for professionals such as carpenters. 


Suspenders are an accessory often paired with tool belts rather than an actual tool belt in itself, best when carrying many heavy tools including a lot of fasteners or power tools for long periods. A suspender will help shift the weight from being around the hips to the upper body where more weight can be carried in greater comfort. 

However it is still important to avoid overloading the upper body.


Aprons are a strong recommendation for those needing to easily gain access to their tools while simultaneously protecting their own body and clothing. Aprons are made from thick leather or canvas yet are intended to be comfortable when worn with neck straps and waist. Sometimes they can even provide heat protection for professionals such as welders. 

Maintaining a tool belt

It is important to maintain your tool belt to make sure it remains in good condition. 

One good tip is to occasionally empty your tool belt. Items such as extra nails and old tools may be removable to reduce weight and there can also be puncture risks such as staples or a utility blade to be removed. 

It is also important to clean your tool belt regularly to increase its lifespan and durability. Tool belts also need to be properly stored in dry areas and away from sharp objects. 


Tool belts need to be treated as a tool like any other.