Did you know that around 1 in 4 Americans consider their garage to be too cluttered to even fit their car inside? If your garage is becoming more of a “catch-all” space than a well-used area of the home, it’s time to consider storage systems that can help. 

But how can you go about choosing garage storage cabinets in a way that makes sense for your needs?

We’re here to help. 

Keep reading to learn about the most important things to do before choosing garage cabinet systems. 

Do Some Prep Work

Before you do anything else, you’ll need to take a look around your garage. Is there currently anything inside that you no longer want or need? Take some time to go through everything in your garage and separate it into the following three piles:

  • Keep
  • Donate
  • Throw away

Once you get rid of everything in the “donate” and “throw away” piles, you’ll know exactly what you plan to put in your new garage storage system, which will help you decide what you actually need to buy. 

As a bonus, you may find that you feel better after cleaning out your garage, as disorganization and clutter can cause you to feel more stressed. 

After you’ve cleaned up your space, make a mental note of where you plan to put your cabinets. This will also make it easier when making the final decision about what to buy. 

Consider Your Budget

Now that you know what you need to store, come up with a budget that you’re comfortable spending on your new cabinets. While it might be tempting to just do a quick search for the cheapest possible cabinets, keep in mind that if a deal seems too good to be true, then it probably is. 

Cabinets that are priced well below market value probably can’t offer the same durability and functionality of a more reliable brand. Here at Garage Force, we proudly offer a line of premium cabinets so you get the best bang for your buck, without sacrificing quality. 

Explore Different Material Options

Next, think about the different material options available to you. Most importantly, you want something that can hold the weight of the objects you want to store. Typically, you can find garage cabinets in the following materials:

  • Steel
  • Plastic
  • Manufactured wood

Steel cabinets can hold a lot of weight, but they’re prone to rust over time if you don’t properly care for them. They also don’t come in a wide variety of colors and designs, so if you don’t like the look of steel cabinets, you’re better off choosing a different material. 

Plastic storage cabinets are often budget-friendly and they come in a variety of colors, but they’re not as sturdy as other options. And, if you live in an area that gets cold weather, your plastic shelving may become brittle and break over time. 

Manufactured wood cabinets are popular because they’re sturdy and available in different colors and finishes. We use a combination of strong MDF and PB materials with beautiful metallic color facings to give you a functional, yet stylish garage storage solution. 

Look for the Right Size

We mentioned above that you should start to think about where you want your cabinets to go after clearing out your garage. Now it’s time to take some measurements of the space. Go out to your garage with a measuring tape to see how much space you have available. 

If you want to get a better sense of how the cabinets might look in the space, you can even use masking tape to mock up the dimensions of a cabinet on the ground to see if it will fit. This is especially helpful in making sure that there will be plenty of clearance around the cabinets when you pull your garage into the car. 

Remember to also measure wall space if you plan to use wall-mounted cabinets in your space. 

Decide Which Type of Cabinets You Want

Once you have your measurements in hand, you can start to decide which types of cabinets will work best in your space. Here at Garage Force, we offer a variety of pieces so you can put together a solution that best fits your needs.

Our wall cabinet is the perfect overhead storage solution, especially if your floor space is limited. We also offer two base cabinet options, with either doors or drawers, depending on what you need to store. 

For even more space, consider our tall cabinet, which helps you to maximize the height in your garage. You can pair any of these cabinets together for a custom solution, or choose a complete set. 

Consider Which Features Are Most Important to You

Finally, you’ll need to think about the different features that your cabinets should have. For example, if you have small children and you plan to keep tools in your cabinets, you might want to make sure items stay secured with a lock. 

All of our garage storage systems have the following convenient features:

  • Secure lock
  • Adjustable feet
  • Brushed chrome pulls
  • High-end metallic color facings
  • Industrial strength shelves
  • And more

These fully modular cabinets are just what you need to make your garage a more organized and functional space. 

Explore Our Garage Storage Systems Today

After reading through this guide to learn about the most important things to do before buying garage storage systems, you have the knowledge you need to start the shopping process. 

With locations around the country, our team here at Garage Force is here to answer any questions you may have as you make your final decision about which garage cabinets to buy. 

Find the location nearest to you and book an appointment today. Your updated garage is just a click away!