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5S Tool Clips

No shadow board will be effective without the correct tool fixings to securely hold the items in place. The very ethos of “lean manufacturing” is to simplify and reduce wasted motions and movements. Choosing the right tool fixing product means better, more efficient use of your time.

We stock a range of tool clips, hooks and brackets in order to securely fix your tooling. We design and fabricate tool shadow boards ourselves at Lean 5S Products, so we understand what works!

Require a custom bracket? Let us know your requirements and we’ll find the solution that works for you.

What You Get

We don’t supply “off the shelf” products. Each and every client has specific requirements hence our solutions are bespoke. Each client needs different equipment which we can source and ensure shadows and layout keep your tools organised every time.


We supply colour coded quality cleaning equipment from a variety of companies and top suppliers. Because most enquiries are specific we also offer specific tool hardware for your equipment including bucket and glove box holders. Our team can also design and fabricate unique tool holding solutions too. Our sales team are happy to advise on best practice. Let us help you bring your lean manufacturing to life.


Want to use your own cleaning equipment? Due to our unlimited design revisions policy this means you don’t have to compromise on the look and feel of creating your boards. Our Design Team is on hand to create perfect shadows from your equipment. We have created hundreds of Shadow Boards and Cleaning Stations so we know what works in the working environment. We understand the layout of equipment and the importance of functionality.


Custom means exactly that. We supply quality colour-coded 5S tool clips from the top manufacturers. We can provide various styles, sizes and colours and also provide food grade clips to attach the most common cleaning equipment including squeegees, buckets, shovels, dustpans, brooms and wet floor signs


Our expert knowledge is at your disposal and as a result we offer a committed and passionate after-sales service with every sale. Heavy-duty and industrial-grade robust cleaning materials from Vikan® are designed for environments where hygiene and efficiency are essential to the business itself. These colour-coded cleaning materials are manufactured for durability with solid polypropylene blocks and polyester or PET bristles set with stainless steel staples. Most are available with block and bristle in total colour hence the highest degree of traceability possible for today’s stringent HACCP environments.

What Are Tool Clips Used For?

Tool clips are designed to hold tools, cleaning equipment, and other objects in place.

They’re a core part of shadow boards, which feature the ‘shadow’ of each object stored on them, as you can see in the image below. This makes it easy to ensure that everything finds its way back to its designated place, showing exactly where each tool lives and keeping your storage stations well organised.

You can use different types of clips to support various tools with ease. Standard tool clips have a gripping feature and make an excellent choice for light to medium-weight objects, whilst heavier hand tools like hammers require sturdier fixings that can handle the extra weight, like metal wall brackets, bolts and hooks.

Terry tool clips offer a combination of both features, utilising the same gripping mechanism as standard clips with an added metal finish. The flexibility of the metal allows the clips to adapt to various shapes and sizes of tools such as screwdrivers.

You can fully customise shadow boards with different types of clips to fit all your tools on the same board, no matter what fittings they need.

Why Use Tool Clips?

Is it really worth using tool clips over traditional storage stations? Absolutely. Here’s why:

  • Easy Access: They keep your tools neatly organised and within easy reach, so you don’t waste time searching for the right tool.

  • Prevents Clutter: By giving each tool a designated spot, tool clips help to maintain a tidy, efficient and safe workspace. You won’t be hanging on to things you don’t need, because it’s clear what is and isn’t necessary from the spaces on your board.

  • Secure Hold: They hold your tools firmly in place, preventing them from getting damaged or lost. Your tools stay put, exactly where you left them. Equally, it’s easy to simply push your tool into place every time you need to return it to your board.

  • Versatile Options: Tool clips come in different types, including food-grade clips for kitchen tools and heavy-duty clips for industrial equipment, making them suitable for various environments.

  • Reduce Wasted Motion: Fiddly or awkward tool fixings will prevent operators from working efficiently and increase time spent on wasteful movements.

Why Choose Lean 5S?

We know the difference that shadow boards make. But we also know that it’s not easy to make the change. We’re here to support you through every step of the way, with expert advice and only the highest quality products.

We supply quality, colour-coded 5S tool clips in various styles, sizes and finishes, including food-grade options for common cleaning tools like squeegees and buckets.

Need your shadow board to come complete with tools as well? We can provide you with a range of heavy-duty, colour-coded cleaning materials from Vikan® which are made to meet HACCP standards.

Looking to use your own tools instead? With unlimited design revisions, our Design Team can create a fully customised board to suit the dimensions and weights of your tools. With our years of experience in delivering results that match our customers’ expectations, we’ve got you covered.

It doesn’t stop there. We’re committed to supporting you after sales so that you can get the most out of your new tool clips and shadow boards. Whether you need advice on using your new system, help with further customisation, or anything else, we’re just a call or email away.

Interested in how affordable all this is?

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any further questions about tool clips, feel free to reach out to us or take a look at the section below where we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions.

What are metal clips called?

Metal clips used for securing tools are commonly known as “terry spring clips,” or simply “spring clips” or “terry clips”. These durable clips are designed to hold tools firmly in place on shadow boards or storage systems.

Made from study and flexible materials like carbon spring steel, they provide a strong grip, ensuring that your tools stay organised and easily accessible. This ensures that your workspace remains tidy and that your tools are always within easy reach when needed.

What are spring-loaded clips?

Spring-loaded clips are versatile clips designed to securely hold tools and other items in place. These clips use a spring mechanism to provide a strong, reliable grip, making them ideal for use on shadow boards and in various storage systems. The spring action allows for easy insertion and removal of tools, ensuring they stay organised and accessible.

How do you make a shadow board for tools?

Creating a shadow board with us is a simple, three-step process.

  1. It starts with choosing if you’d like a wall mounted, free standing or mobile shadow board, and deciding what tools you’d like to display on your board. You can either send us their dimensions or let us know their manufacturer part numbers, which we can get the dimensions from ourselves. You’re also welcome to send us over your logo and colour preferences.

  2. Following this, we’ll start work on your design layout and you’ll receive a free quote.

  3. As the final step, a member of our design team will work with you to understand what you’re looking for in your shadow board, with unlimited design revisions available. Before you know it, you’ll have your new shadow board set up and ready to make the difference to your company.

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