Do-It-Yourself Garage Cabinet


If you have a garage, you may be fighting an ongoing battle with clutter. Organize your stuff by building cabinets in your garage. You can construct garage storage cabinets from plywood using basic carpentry tools. And the beauty of building your own garage cabinets is you can customize them to fit your tools and equipment.

Design your garage cabinet

  • Decide if your cabinet is going to set on the floor or attach to the wall. Keep in mind that tools are heavy. You need to allow for proper support for the cabinet as well as the shelves. Measure the height of the tools that you plan to store in the cabinet so you can allow ample room for the shelves.

    Determine where you want to put the garage cabinet. Mark the floor with painter's tape and then drive your car into the garage to make sure you have ample room to park as well as open doors. If you plan to build cabinets attached to the wall, make sure they aren't in a place where you can walk into them especially if the doors are open.

    Draw up your cabinet plans. Include your measurements for the exterior as well as the shelving you plan to include in the garage storage.

Gather the materials you need to build your garage cabinet

  • Select the wood you need. Remember that your garage storage cabinet may be holding extra heavy items, so purchase thicker wood or adequate braces. Buy extra wood to allow for errors.

    Purchase the screws and other fasteners you need to assemble your garage cabinet. If you are adding specialty tool racks to install in the cabinets, select them. Also purchase hinges, door latches and door handles for the cabinet.

    Set up your carpentry tools. You need a circular saw as well as a power drill and screwdriver. You also need basic tools such as tape measure, level and stud finder.

Build the garage cabinet

  • Cut the pieces according to your plans. Lay them out for easy assembling.

    Build cabinets for your garage in the same manner you build any other piece of wood furniture. Connect the top and bottom pieces to the sides. Attach the back. Put the shelves in the cabinet. Add the front face.

    Attach the cabinet to the wall. Secure it to the wall studs.

    Put the hinges on the doors. Attach the doors to the front face of the storage cabinet, making sure they are level and that they close properly. Attach the handles and door latches.

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