While there are a variety of garage cabinets available on the market, the do it yourselfers might be more inclined to start from scratch and build garage cabinets on their own. If you are one of those individuals, this information is for you. Instead of purchasing manufactured cookie-cutter cabinets or paying exorbitant fees to a contractor, you can make your own garage cabinets. It’s easier than you think. Below are some simple steps that should help you in creating the garage cabinets of your dreams.
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1. First Things First
If you’re thinking about building a garage cabinet, chances are you have something in mind that you need to store. Measure those items to give yourself a good starting point as to what size your cabinets should be. Be sure to make the final cabinet size a few inches larger, at least, than what you’re trying to store so there is room for the objects.
2. Deep Thinking
Depth is something you need to consider. If you have a great garage storage cabinet and you go to put it in the garage, only to find out you’d have to park your car halfway out the door or knock down a wall in order for it to fit, it won’t be very helpful. Measure the depth of the area in which you plan to put the cabinet, so you can ensure that there is plenty of space.
3. On The Shelf
Do you want or need shelf space in your cabinet? Consider this, and then measure equidistant between shelves, for organized and uniform storage. Make sure that you subtract the width of the plywood when you are gauging for necessary space on a shelf.
4. Gather The Tools
Do you want doorknobs? Handles? What color will it be? And most importantly, how much wood will you need? Once you compile this list you can head to your local lumber yard and they can assist you in purchasing the wood. Then, make sure to get any handles, doorknobs, paint, nails, hammers, and hinges that you might need to complete the project.
5. Cutting It Down
When you cut your pieces of wood, be sure you have a top, a bottom, a back, and two sides to your cabinet. This might seem obvious, but when you go to make something, simple things can be forgotten and cause major headaches down the road. Plan for these necessary components, measure, and then start cutting.
6. Don’t Forget Shelves And Screws
If you want to have shelves, be sure to cut them, as well, when you’re cutting the other pieces of wood. Also, it won’t be very helpful to have a cabinet that isn’t held together, so get out the screws or nails and hammer you purchased or kept on hand for your project.
7. Shelves First
Attach the shelves, if you have them, to the back of the cabinet first. This way, you can install and create everything else around the shelves and you won’t have to worry about them not fitting correctly after the entire cabinet is built.
8. Get It Together
Now it’s time to put it all together. Using screws or nails, attach all of the pieces of the cabinet together to form a frame around the back and shelves, just as you would envision a cabinet. Make sure everything is secure and in place.
9. Door Talk
You certainly don’t want to leave everything in your cabinet exposed, so it will need a front door, as well. You should have already measured and cut the wood for this, but if you haven’t, you can do it at this point in the process. Whether you want one door or two doors that meet in the center is up to you. Attach your door or doors with screws and nails, using hinges to ensure that the doors open properly.
10. Knobs And Handles
At this stage in the process, you will attach the doorknobs or handles you purchased for your cabinet. Some craftsmen like to affix the doors and handles after they paint. It’s certainly up to you, however, consider that when paint dries it can also act as an adhesive and shut the doors on the cabinet if not properly prepped. Add the doorknobs first so in the event this happens to you, you have a better chance at getting the door open without having to completely remove it.
11. Edging and Legs
If you designed your cabinet to sit on the ground without any legs, you’re good to go. Box cabinets work just as well as ones with legs. However, this is the point of the process where, if you do have legs to affix, you want to screw or nail them into place. Also, adding edging around the doors and frame is a nice touch that can also act as a protective measure as your cabinet ages.
12. Finishing Touches
Prime and paint or stain and you’re all done! You can get as creative as you want to here, but please ensure to prop the doors open as your cabinet dries. Again, it seems commonplace, but it can easily be overlooked and is a crucial measure to take.
Congratulations! Your cabinet is done. Hopefully the above information has been helpful to you in building your very own garage cabinet. Constructing your own cabinet is a great way to save money and ensure long-lasting quality in your product.
Building sturdy garage cabinets
This video gives step by step instructions, as well as goes over the basic plans for building sturdy cabinets for the garage. We’re not talking cheap store bought ones, we’re talking ones that you can climb on without them falling over.