DIY tool organisation with budget-friendly Shadow Foam

Affordable equipment protection.

With its customisability and water resistance, Shadow Foam simplifies the task of organising your tools and equipment, ensuring they are easily identifiable, well-protected, and always at your fingertips.

A black Peli case with A DIY shadow foam insert from MSA foamsplaced inside.

Effortless and cost-effective organisation with DIY Shadow Foam

Cut. Peel. Protect. DIY Shadow Foam is the perfect do-it-yourself, custom-fit solution. Crafted from multi-layered polyethylene foam, it keeps your tools in place, guarding against spills and hazards. Unlike alternatives such as Kaizen Foam, its flat surface finish ensures a stable fit, eliminating wobbling. Whether it's your toolbox, flight case, or chest of drawers, unlock unparalleled DIY efficiency and organisation with DIY Shadow Foam.

1. Plan

Plan your overall layout before starting to cut. Place items on top of the foam in the position you want them, leaving at least a 10- 20mm gap in the shortest space between each item.

Leave space for semi-circular finger holes placed on either side of your items. If an item is too heavy to be lifted out by just fingers, include rectangular hand holes instead.

A DIY shadow foam insert from MSA foams yet to be cut with tools placed on top.
2. Lift

If you are stacking pieces of DIY Shadow Foam on top of each other, make room on the sides of the inserts to cut hand holes that will make each piece of Shadow Foam easier to lift out.

Two layers of DIY shadow foam from MSA foams showing cut out hand holes.
3. Trace

Using a sharp knife, slowly and steadily cut around the perimeter of the item’s shape. Once you’ve completed the first cut around the item, repeat step then cut again to ensure a clean cut.

A DIY shadow foam insert from MSA foams with a tools placed on top being traced with a stanley knife.
4. Peel

Peel away the layer of foam, to expose the layer underneath. Check that all of the first layer has peeled away to ensure a level pocket depth.

A hand peeling away a strip of DIY shadow foam from MSA foams to create a pocket.
5. Place

Place your item in the pocket to check your pocket is deep enough. If your pocket needs more depth, go back to step 3 and follow the steps until your required depth is achieved.

A DIY shadow foam insert from MSA foams with tools placed into the cut out pockets.