Looking for the best ideas for garage cabinets? Whether you’re trying to trying to add more storage, organize your space better, or just boost the aesthetic appeal–these DIY jobs have got you covered.
#1 Install Fold-Down Tables In Your Garage Cabinets and Shelves
Even the best storage cabinets for garage organization can be improved. Depending on the type of cabinetry you’ve got, you may be able to upgrade them by installing doors that fold down vertically into shallow tables. These are perfect for temporary storage space or even a small work top (assuming you aren’t doing anything too intense).
Fold-down tables will work best with cabinets that have shelves that are short but wide. Tall shelves don’t work, because the table would be too deep to support its own weight. Narrow shelves aren’t ideal either because they just wouldn’t provide much extra space, though they are still viable for this upgrade.
#2 Give Them a Fresh Coat of Paint
Looking to spruce up the look of your garage? They have a reputation for being drab, grey places, but by giving your garage cabinets a fresh coat of paint, you can really up the ante on how inviting your garage is. It’s the perfect way to transform it from “man hole” to a true “man cave”.
Choose whatever color you want, but feel free to make it bold and warm. Cooler colors will likely get absorbed by the general darkness of a garage. Fire engine red or a strong orange hue are great options.
#3 Clean Your Cabinet Hardware
While we’re on the subject of freshening up your garage cabinets, don’t neglect your hardware. You know–the hinges, knobs, handles, and such.
If you’ve had cabinets for a while now, odds are good that your cabinet hardware isn’t in the best condition. It may just be dirty, but it might also be tarnished or rusting. Revitalizing the little bits that hold your cabinets together isn’t very hard, but it can go a LONG way to making your garage space more inviting and increasing the lifetime of your cabinets.
The simplest way to do this is just by scrubbing them hard with a soap and water mixture (and some good, old-fashioned elbow grease). But we’ve also put together a complete guide on How To Clean Cabinet Hardware that will help you figure out even the toughest challenges, like rust.
#4 Add Pegboards For Additional Storage
Looking to squeeze a little extra storage out of your garage cabinets? Try installing a peg board along the sides. Add in some hooks and you’ve got immediate storage for anything that can hang. Power tools, rope, extension cord–you name it.
This is one of our favorite garage cabinet ideas because it is so affordable and easy to install, but it provides so much extra functionality to your space. The only thing you have to be sure of is that you don’t exceed the cabinet’s maximum weight capacity by hanging gear along the side.
#5 Mount Your Cabinets To Make Extra Under-storage
If you are adding new garage cabinets, consider mounting them directly to the wall with about 18 inches of space between the bottom of the cabinet and the garage floor. This is the perfect space for you to store totes, boxes, bins, crates, and more. Heck, you can even roll your kids’ ride on toys underneath.
Not all garage cabinets are suited for mounting, of course. So make sure that you know what you’re working with before you start, or contract a professional to do the job right.
#6 Use Kitchen Cabinets in the Garage
Speaking of mounted garage cabinets, did you know that standard kitchen cabinets can work perfectly in the garage?
Most garage cabinets are industrial metal, which means they aren’t particularly inviting or pleasing to the eye. This works fine for some people, but others are looking to transform their garage space into a retreat. Kitchen cabinets can be the perfect way to do this.
And, since they’ll be in your garage rather than your main living space, you can probably feel more comfortable buying old used cabinets off of Craigslist or a similar local marketplace. This way you can get some really effective garage cabinet without breaking the bank. Hell, you might even be able to score them for free.
#7 Add Some Counter Top Space
If you are going to be adding kitchen cabinets to your garage, might as well build in some counter space as well. Again, you can get second-hand counter tops for cheap since it’s just your garage. But the payoff will be well worth the minimal investment.
Not only can the extra counter space serve as a work table, but it can also help make your garage serve better as summer time lounge space. Kind of like a little bar.
What Are Your Favorite Garage Cabinet Ideas?
What do you do to maximize the usefulness and aesthetics of your garage cabinets? We’d love to hear. Leave a comment and let us know!