The focus of this article is to ask the questions to enable you to design the cabinets and workspace you need for your garage workspace. A lot goes into an efficient workspace, and you only want to design it once! Focus in on what you want to use garage shop space for before you come up with your garage cabinet plans.
Here are a number of questions you need to ask yourself, and you will probably want to write the answers down:
- What type of work do I plan to do (auto, household projects, woodwork, garden, mix)?
- What type of tools will I be using and storing?
- What type of workspace (table top) will I need?
- How many people will be working or congregating in your space?
- Any other storage space for other items (out door items, mowers, etc)?
- How much space I personally want for my car(s)?
Having asked yourself theses questions, you are ready to start designing the space. Draw out your space, so that you have a visual of what the completed cabinets are going to look like. You can do this with paper and pencil, or there is another great tool at found here. This will allow you to pick from their modular cabinets and just place them into a drawing of a one or two car garage, or draw your own design. It’s a handy tool to help with visualizing.
Figure in your other storage needs. Having enough space to fit everything, or being frugal about your space in order to have enough space to work, is key in planning a good shop space. There’s nothing worse than putting in cabinets and a work bench, only to find that your lawn tractor is parked so close that you have to move it out every time you want to work on a house project or use your tools! (Perhaps the lawn tractor needs its own shed if you are parking your cars in the garage and having a shop in there.) Figure out where in the garage to place your shop. For example, auto tools should be closest to the cars, garden tools closest to the doors to the outside, and tools used in the house close to where you go in and out of the house. If you have to cross the entire garage every time you need something, it may impede you in getting a project done, or in getting your tools put away properly! Maybe you need new garage cabinet plans :).
What types of cabinets or tool containers are you going to need? Obviously, large tools need big cabinets, or need to be hung on a wall. Rolling cabinets serve well for auto tools being used in the garage. How much is your garage storage, and how much do you need workbench space? Do you have room for sheds for storage, or is your garage the main storage space you have?
There are many modular cabinet systems available specifically for shop systems (see link above or google modular shop cabinets), or many homeowners opt to use salvaged kitchen cabinets or a combination of pegboard and hand-built cabinets. The design and matching your cabinets to your needs is the key. Take your time and plan.
We also found this video on YouTube which may be helpful:
Here are some links that will help you plan and visualize your shop: