When completing your DIY project, it's essential that you have not only the right tools but the right workwear, as well. The type of workwear you'll need will depend on the project you're undertaking, but here are a few basics that you should wear for every DIY project.
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Never, ever wear flip-flops or sandals while doing a DIY project. No matter if your project is small or large, suitable footwear is essential to protect your feet. Sneakers are also not a good choice for any type of work project as they offer little to no traction and almost no support.
You want work boots that will protect your toes from falling heavy objects. Consider boots that have steel or reinforced toe caps. You also want boots that will prevent puncture wounds and have slip-resistant or anti-static soles to prevent the possibility of static buildup. A good pair of work boots are versatile and worth the investment.
Most of the denim on the shelves today is for fashion, not work, and won't provide you the durability and protection you need while completing your DIY projects. Find actual denim work pants made of canvas or twill. You're looking for pants with extra pockets, reinforced seams, zippers, and heavy-duty buttons.
Your work pants will take a lot of wear and tear, so make sure they're flexible enough to get the job done but reinforced enough to last through all your projects.
Avoid shirts that are too loose, as they can drag across paint or get snagged by tools or machinery. Avoid loose-fitting or puffy jackets or vests when it's cold out.
Work shirts are often made with a cotton/poly blend and are usually treated for stain resistance, but these usually retain heat. You'll want to find a heavy-knit cotton shirt or a specific type of work shirt that will wick away moisture. Work shirts are essential for staying cool while you're working.
Many people need a belt for their work pants, due to the heavy tools pulling them down. Tool belts can be very useful for anyone undergoing a DIY project as they offer a lot of extra storage for your tools, as well as keeping them in an easy-to-reach location.
Invest in a tool belt that fits you snugly but is made of strong, durable material. A good tool belt will last for a long, long time.
Work gloves are not only an essential workwear item — they're necessary for your safety. You might need a couple of pairs of work gloves, depending on what project you're undertaking. While some jobs might require more flexibility, others might require more heavy-duty materials for protection. Invest in a couple of pairs of quality gloves to protect your hands and fingers from power tools, scratches, and stains.
No matter the DIY project you're undertaking, it's important to have your essential workwear. From your hat to your boots, these items will help to protect you from falling tools, debris, and accidents.