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Old 04-30-2012, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default kitchen cabinets and drawers in your garage, good use of space?

Hey all,

I'm in the cleaning and planning stage of my garage remodel.

I've seen so many beautiful garages here, and so many great ideas.

I see that a large percentage of you have used actual kitchen cabinets (or look-alikes) and kitchen style drawers.

How is that working out?

Do they hold up to use?

Are they a good use of space? (I worked in a commercial wood shop, and we had lots of cabinets and drawers-- almost all empty. You couldn't see into them, things didn't fit well inside, etc.)

Once you put something in the cabinet, does it disappear forever? (IE are they best used to hide occasional use stuff...)

Even in my kitchen, I find myself opening several doors to find the item I'm looking for, so while I like the clean look of everything behind doors, is it practical and efficient?

I'm leaning toward lots of open shelves, with some metal storage cabs for paint, chemicals, etc.

I don't make a lot of dust, so I'm not worried about keeping stuff clean.

Anyone had both cabs and shelves and have a good summary of the pros and cons?

thanks and keep sharing all your terrific ideas!


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Old 04-30-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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Click on the "Garage Build" link in my signature....

I 'inherited' the kitchen cabinets and drawers from my MIL's kitchen...I then made my own cabinets out of gray melamine....

Working out just fine.
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My old home had kitchen cabinets in the basement workshop and they worked just fine. Our new home now has recycled kitchen cabinets in the garage & they are serving their purpose, plus they were free.
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I've got a few. As I've gotten older and my CRS has progressed, I've just taken to labeling everything. Tape a sheet of paper to each drawer and cabinet then just write the contents on it.
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Old 05-02-2012, 09:14 AM   #5
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Ok, so they hold up to use, and it helps to label them. That makes sense.

Still, my biggest concern it that they enclose a lot of volume, but stuff might not pack into them well, leaving lots of unused space, just hidden.

Am I over thinking this?

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #6
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It's the quickest way to create storage.

Once you get settled in, you may want to mod the cabinets. I made smaller shelves inside to hold more and more effectively. Remember on higher ones, the heavy stuff goes lower.

Another tip is to use the outside of doors for storing tools you use often.
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Old 05-02-2012, 02:01 PM   #7
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Another tip is to use the outside of doors for storing tools you use often.
Man, that is a great tip. I wouldn't have thought of it. It's funny how you can get stuck, pegboard is for tools, cabinet doors close up the cabinets...

All that door space is essentially WALL space if you use the outside!

That just hit me like a tip I read years ago, if your shelves are full on top, use the underside. I immediately hung my coffee cups on hooks, and got some organizers that attached to the bottom of shelves.

Thanks JC, I'm thinking of all kinds of things now.


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It's the quickest way to create storage.
Another tip is to use the outside of doors for storing tools you use often.
Or the inside of the doors if you want that hidden look but want easy access
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Ok, so they hold up to use, and it helps to label them. That makes sense.

Still, my biggest concern it that they enclose a lot of volume, but stuff might not pack into them well, leaving lots of unused space, just hidden.

Am I over thinking this?

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I found that, made some 6' tall cupboards, then found I could get very little in them. You need to fine-tune the height between shelves and things, so you don't end up with lots of empty space. Put different height shelves, so you can move stuff to suit.

One of the garage 'guy things' is actually adjusting, maintaining and modifying the way the garage works. It is more than just the place you do stuff, it is a hobby in itself. Hence this forum I guess.

I built 3 of these, and I'm slowly condensing stuff into them.



My new bench holds a bunch of power tools, and there is more room to cram more stuff in too. Things will settle into place, find their own groove......in about three years.

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Or the inside of the doors if you want that hidden look but want easy access
Sliding doors are also great to hide stuff but they give you very easy access. And they don't bang into your car when you open them...See below:


HERE'S A PIC BEFORE THE DOORS WENT ON TO SHOW ALL THE STORAGE SPACE.







AND HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW CLEAN IT LOOKS WHEN THE DOORS ARE CLOSED.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:41 AM   #11
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HERE'S A PIC BEFORE THE DOORS WENT ON TO SHOW ALL THE STORAGE SPACE.


AND HERE YOU CAN SEE HOW CLEAN IT LOOKS WHEN THE DOORS ARE CLOSED.
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Default Re: kitchen cabinets and drawers in your garage, good use of space?

I split my old kitchen up and put some upper and lowers into the laundry room for the wife and the rest of the uppers in the shop. Built the lowers for the garage. Have held up great and yes they can hold a lot of crap and some stuff gets lost in the back but I go through them every so often. Cheapest solution at the time.

As for above, nice sliders. They look like glass/alum ?
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Here is link to my Kitchen cabinet in the garage thread:

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You be the judge. My cabinets are filled with power tools, hardware, magazines and books. Got alot of countertop space. I find it efficient and I have alot of stuff.

There are others that have really cool industrial cabinets that I like too. It is just what you like.

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Old 05-06-2012, 09:13 PM   #15
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Lots of guys do it and are happy with it.
I think it depends entirely on if you are a “neatnik” or not.
I am not.
I build 12 inch deep open shelves that take the milk cases and 5 gal pails I use to put stuff in.
I do use a lot of 2x4 “stickers” to label them.
(I used to be in the label business and have a lifetime supply)

I don’t like doors or curtains or anything that blocks my view when I am looking for something.
And I do keep things somewhat sorted as to location.

But if you like the hospital OR look then go for it.
But in a shop I would stick to metal cabinets.
I feel the wood ones just won’t stand up to the weight of being full of wrenches, etc.
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Default Re: kitchen cabinets and drawers in your garage, good use of space?

I have a few out in the garage. They seem to work well for me. I found what fits in them and used the space.

All these fit on one shelf.

Sometimes you just need to try a different arrangement to get things to work.
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We've got some old kitchen cabinets made out of metal. I really like them as they're nice and sturdy and easy to match to toolboxes. If a person wanted to, they could easily weld metal brackets or what-have-you to the doors.

The hardest part is finding them, but when you do they're usually fairly cheap since it's hard to match them in a kitchen with other cabinets.
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I spend my winters doing woodworking so I end up with lots of left over wood scraps. I decided to use some of those scraps to built my custom garage cabinets to fit my needs.
Use what you have if it serves your needs.
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I use a pair of cabinets and an old door for a workbench.

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Thanks guys, I think I can see a need for both cabinets and open storage in my garage.

There is some stuff that you want to put away, out of sight and mind. There is stuff you want to be able to see when you go looking for it.

I'm pretty sure that if I put in lots of kitchen style cabinets, I'd have lots of unused space in them. Maybe if I just put in a few, I'll use them efficiently.

Having seen some of your pics, I definitely will be looking for Euro style cabinets. The center upright on face frame cabinets looks like it gets in the way and limits the size of what you can get thru the doors. I also think I'll stay away from using the lowers. They seem way too deep to use efficiently. I know I'd leave them half empty or lose stuff in the "second layer" in the back.

Even in my kitchen I have stuff lost in the back of the few lowers I have. I have one wall of 9" deep cabinets as a pantry and it works great. Most box goods fit like a book on a shelf, and cans only get one or 2 layers deep. Not much can get lost or hidden.

Most of what I'd put in cabinets in the garage is tools in boxes, and they are always just the wrong size :-)

BHR4CE1<< are those sliding doors Ikea Komponent? Did you get them in the AS-IS section? There is so much good stuff to re-purpose in Ikea AS-IS. I always see parts of their closet system. If you were like Johnny Cash, you could get a whole closet "one piece at a time." No matter where they are from, they look like a great solution for hiding shelf clutter.

GaryS<< I like the idea of building my own to suit like you did, either from scrap or new, but don't have the time. So many projects! The garage organization got pushed to the front of the list so it can facilitate the other stuff.

Ridge Runner<< I would love to find some of those old metal cabinets. I think they may be more common in California and back east than here in TX. I've never run across any here, but I have seen them in Cali and on the home shows so I know the ones you mean.

NUTTSGT<< I've been following your garage thread and I think you are doing a great job. It looks like a definite case of "I'll just do this one thing, and then this other, before I can do that..." which is the same problem I've been having. Thought I would ask for some of the GJ collected wisdom while I was clearing out some of the preparatory projects.

kbs2244<< I like the idea of shallow shelves. I don't need the pristine 'OR' style (but MAN-O-MAN the 'Modern Garage in Far East' thread is beautiful to look at) but I will be using the garage for a multitude of things and I would like it to have a 'finished' look to it. It may just need consistent paint colors to tie it together, or it may need some way to hide clutter. We'll see :-)

coolreed<< it looks like you have a very comfortable and "homey" work space. I might have to re-think my strategy if all those cabinets are what it takes to get all that great floor space. ;-)

morrisman<< thanks for the feedback on your experience. I think a lot of older kitchen cabinets are not particularly adjustable, but the Euro style ones seem to be more flexible. I love the tall back board on your bench.

tcianci<< looks like you have a real comfortable space too. If I make mine too nice, my wife just might make me stay in it ALL the time. :-)

Thanks again for the great responses.

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