The Consideration of the DIY Garage Cabinets
Every household needs adequate storage for some stuff you need to stow away for several months. Seasonal toys, camping gear, holiday decorations, extra clothes and many such items can take up a great deal of space in your home. However, DIY garage cabinet storage plans can offer solutions to such problems. In most instances, these cabinets are inexpensive and very easy to put up and customize to suit your storage needs. Assembling these DIY garage cabinets is a simple six-step process that involves:
Planning the cabinets – Usually, garage walls have uniformly spaced studs. Plan your cabinets with these measurements in mind so they become the dimensions of the compartments. Lay out the cabinets such that the height, depth and width take just enough space so the garage can maintain its functionalities. You may want to measure the hood height to ensure you have enough clearance. If you choose to install overhead wall cabinets, take into account the height of the various items such as bikes, wheeled tools and motorcycles that you may want to keep under the cabinets.
Selecting the materials – Almost any kind of sheet material is appropriate for building garage cabinets. Birch plywood however, gives better results with an authentic look of natural wood. Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) is also suitable especially if you have a slim budget. Other materials include construction-grade plywood, hardboard and pegboard. Pegboard is especially suitable for making DIY garage shelves.
Mount wall cleats and attach end panels – Rip the plywood appropriately so you have enough end panels as well as divider panels. Fasten each end panel by pressing these against the wall and ceiling and screw the panel to the garage corner and again on the first wall stud. Ensure you angle the back screws just a little so you catch the corner stud as well. Locate the other studs and fasten the end panel cleat to the last stud then press this panel against the wall and ceiling and fasten its outside edge to the wall cleat.
Install the ladders – Cut all the ladder rails you need to fix between the pair of end panels. Carefully lay them out so the rung edges correspond to the wall studs. Nail the ladder together by using appropriate screws to fasten the splices. Install both the top and bottom ladders in place. You may use a temporary cleat placed below the ceiling to hold the upper ladder in place while you fasten it. Then align these ladders to the wall studs and nail them.
Install dividers, shelves and bottoms – Fasten the divider wall cleats of the DIY garage shelves to the studs then predrill holes and use bolts to fasten the cleats into the studs. These pilot holes too, should correspond with the spacing of the wall studs. Cut notches on the corners of the divider panels to make allowance for the upper and lower ladder rails then fix these panels in place. Align both ladders then add a sliding door track if necessary.
Attach the doors – Get the accurate measurements of the door. This usually is the distance between the inside of the top and bottom track. Use these measurements to cut out the doors off the material of choice. Slide the cut doors inside and install the finger pulls. Fit in the shelves as desired to complete the easy process of building garage cabinets.