DIY Garage Cabinets

cabinets-426385_960_720Garage cabinets can turn your garage from a cluttered, chaotic place to an organized place for all your items and most importantly help you park your car with ease. Buying ready to install cabinets is a great idea if you don’t mind spending a lot of money. But if you like do things yourself, then building you own garage storage cabinets will not only be a great weekend project, but will also save your money which can be used elsewhere on your home.

You can decide on the type of cabinet based on your budget and to suit the décor of your garage. The amount of time you would like to spend is also important as you don’t want to feel like giving up half way through the project. The amount of wood or cabinet material required and thereby the cost, will also depend on the design of your cabinet. Open designs require material just enough for the frame and shelves while those with doors and back panels will require more wood.

The first step would be to decide what type of cabinet you would like to build. This will depend on your storage needs and the amount of space in your garage.

  1. Wall mounted

Most garages can benefit from wall mounted storage cabinets and they are aesthetically superior.

  1. Stand alone

Stand alone cabinets allow you to move stuff around especially if you have other large items in the garage.

Depending on your skill level, you can also decide what your cabinets will or will not have from the list below.

  • Open shelves
  • No back panels
  • Over head cabinets
  • Sliding doors
  • Swing doors


Tools required

The main list of tools that you will require for your DIY project is shown below.

  1. Circular saw
  2. Drill and drill bit set
  3. Stud finder
  4. Screw driver set
  5. Nail gun
  6. Framing square

Steps to build your DIY garage cabinet

  1. Measure the space

The first thing you want to do before you buy the materials required for the project is to measure the space in the garage where the cabinets will go. The depth and length will have to be carefully considered as it can eat away garage space. Over head cabinets will not affect the movement inside but for others types, leave enough walking space and enough room for the car door to open and close.

  1. Make a list of things that need storage

Not everything needs to go into your cabinets. There could be larger objects like cycles, wheelbarrow or gardening tools like a rake that need a different type of storage. If you plan to store heavy objects, then invest in good quality wood. When you make a list of things, it will be easy to decide on the size of your storage cabinet.

  1. Build the frame

Start off by purchasing the necessary materials to build the frame. For wall mounted cabinets, if you plan to have back panels, start off with first fixing the back panels to the wall. Back panels keep small things from falling into the space between the shelves and the wall. They are also great in keeping moisture and pests out.

  1. Shelves and side panels

Cut up the shelves and side panels using the saw and sand the edges. Apply glue to the edges before drilling them together in place.

  1. Doors

If you plan to have doors on your cabinet, measure and cut enough wood to make them. They can either be the swing open or the sliding type. Drill swing doors in place with hinges. For sliding doors, they have to be cut smaller than the frame to fit inside the rails.

  1. Accessorize

In case of smaller standalone cabinets, you can add casters so that you can move them around. For a more complete and decorative look, you can even add trims to your cabinets.

  1. Finishing

Once everything is in place, you can finish your cabinets with a nice coat of paint. You can either use latex or polyurethane. Choose a colour that matches the décor of your garage. If you like the look of natural wood, you can use clear water-based or oil-based finishes to coat the cabinets and protect them from moisture. Allow at least one day for the coating to dry before your arrange your items for storage. Now your garage will be a place where everything is organized and you will find the things you need easily and store them back easily every time.