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What Are the Best Tips for Making DIY Garage Cabinets?

By Emily Espinoza
Updated May 16, 2024
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The best tips for making do-it-yourself (DIY) garage cabinets are to make sure that the cabinets are level and securely constructed, to customize the cabinets, and to allow space for other garage activities and structures in the design. Safety should be an important factor in any DIY project, and a few precautions will ensure that garage cabinets are safe. Garages are all different, and garage cabinets are used to store many different items. The cabinets will be most useful when they are customized for the specific items that will be stored in them. When designing DIY garage cabinets, also consider what other items or activities need to happen in the space around the cabinets.

When making DIY garage cabinets, it is important to make sure that they are just as sturdy and secure as pre-made cabinets would be. To accomplish this, all sides of the cabinets should be as straight as possible and securely attached to each other using the proper screws or brackets. The cabinets should also be securely attached to the wall or floor to prevent any tipping accidents. A chalk line and stud finder are helpful tools for making sure that the cabinets are level when installed and securely anchored to a stud. Proper concrete screws, such as tapcon screws, will also help to make sure that the cabinets are well anchored.

DIY garage cabinets can be used to store a large variety of items, so customization is an important step in designing and creating them. Shorter cabinets with adjustable shelves are often a good choice for storing smaller items, and tall cabinets with plenty of open space can be helpful for storing larger items like sporting equipment or lawn tools. Adding peg board or drawers can make organizing small gadgets and tools much easier.

It is important that DIY garage cabinets be helpful in organization, but for most people, they simply represent one out of many functional areas in a garage. Cabinets can be a beneficial addition to many garage spaces, but they won't be if they get in the way of other items like tools, cars, or doorways. Consider the space around the garage cabinets, and make sure that there is enough room for any activities that might be taking place in those surroundings. Control panels and other items that are mounted on the wall should also be taken into consideration so that access to them is not blocked by the cabinets.

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Discussion Comments
By Spotiche5 — On Jul 20, 2014

If you don't want to spend a lot of money on DIY garage cabinets, using old cabinets that were once used in other areas of your home is a good idea. Not only will you be saving money, but you will also be saving materials from going to landfill.

Used bathroom and kitchen cabinets are good for recycling for use in your garage. You can paint or refinish them to change the way they look, which is much more affordable than buying the material to make new DIY garage cabinets.

By Talentryto — On Jul 20, 2014

When installing DIY cabinets in your garage, make sure you use sturdy brackets, and plenty of them. I learned the importance of this the hard way when I had a garage cabinet fall off the wall.

Chances are, you will use cabinets in your garage to store heavy items. This is why you need to make sure they are attached securely. Simply placing two brackets where you may otherwise only use one is a good rule of thumb to use when you put your DIY garage cabinets in place.

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