TikTok's DIY Garage Cabinets Will Add That Extra Storage You So Desperately Need

Garages are the go-to spot for storage, among other things, but without the right organization, they can quickly become a mess. There's no shortage of garage cabinets on the market, but these one-size-fits-all options aren't just pricey — they might not even suit your garage's unique space and style. That's where a built-in garage storage system really shines. It's custom-designed to suit your garage's specific dimensions, and you get the freedom to tailor it to your taste and needs. The only hiccup? They often come with a pretty hefty price tag. But as usual, TikTok is here to encourage you to go the DIY route. It gives you the best of both worlds: a system perfectly tailored to fit your garage's unique dimensions and style and one that's kinder to your wallet. Take @studio_adash's workspace DIY as an inspiration: she built two massive cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling to double the storage space in her garage.

DIYing your garage cabinet only requires some basic tools and materials: 3/4-inch plywood that you need to cut to size using a saw, 1x2s for the frames, wood glue, a pocket-hole jig, a brad nailer, and a drill. Planning the layout is one of the most important aspects of DIYing your cabinet. Take the time to carefully plan the dimensions and design of your cabinet before you start cutting and assembling. This planning stage will ensure that your cabinet fits perfectly in your garage space and meets all your storage needs.

How to make your DIY garage cabinet

Measure your space and design the cabinet according to your preferences. Think about the types of items you'll be storing and how you want to access them. You have the flexibility to make it as high as the ceiling to maximize the storage space in your garage, install shelves, add drawers for smaller items or tools, install sliding pull-out trays for tools and larger equipment, and incorporate doors to keep things neat and out of sight.

Once your layout and measurements are set, cut a sheet of 3/4-inch plywood to the sizes you need. Use a pocket-hole jig to make pocket holes and join wood pieces together. It's a good idea to apply wood glue before screwing the pieces together, as this adds extra stability to the structure. Cut 1x2s to make a frame for your cabinet, and glue them before securing them with brad nails. For a drawer, use the offcuts of your 3/4-inch plywood for the frame and a thinner plywood sheet for the drawer base. Installing sliders on the cabinet sides will allow for smooth drawer operation. Creating the cabinet door can be done similarly — use thin plywood framed with 1x2s. For the finishing touch, prime and paint the cabinet, and select knobs or pulls that complement the cabinet's style. If you're adding this to a space with existing cabinets, painting your DIY cabinet in a matching color can really pull the look together, creating a cohesive look.