The vast majority of people have a bad habit of collecting things and never throwing away anything. Even if we do not think about using an item for the next several years, we just keep it stored somewhere just in case. This is just one reason why storage space is important. Most people try to store items in their garage. It is the place where both useful and useless items end up being forgotten for long periods of time. Also, it is the place where are a lot of tools find their designated spot. We are talking about heavy items that need to be properly organized and nothing is better for the job than a dedicated garage storage cabinet.
Garage storage cabinets are almost mandatory. If a house has a garage built, it must have a cabinet for tools, parts and other items. What matters the most is for the cabinet to be rugged, durable and not overpriced. Since we are talking about a storage unit that will be exposed to damage, scratches, and dust, it does not need to be expensive. In fact, a good garage storage cabinet cannot be made out of wood. It needs to be made out of metal or a high durability plastic material. Today we will have a look at several different cabinets of various sizes and made out of different materials in order to provide as many options as possible to meet the needs of each individual.
Best Garage Storage Cabinets in 2018
Since there are hundreds of different models, picking just 10 has proven to be difficult but in the end, we managed to pick just the most popular and reliable ones. Here is our list of the top 10 best garage storage cabinets in 2018.
Table of Contents
- 10. Sterilite 01403V01 2 Shelf Cabinet
- 9. UltraHD Tall Storage Cabinet
- 8. Gladiator GALG36KDYG Ready-To-Assemble Large Gearbox
- 7. Suncast Tall Storage Cabinet
- 6. Keter Optima Wonder 72 x 31 x 18 in. Free Standing Plastic Tall Storage Cabinet
- 5. Seville Classics Heavy Duty Storage Cabinet UHD16234
- 4. Gladiator GAWG28FDYG Full Door Wall Box
- 3. Keter Space Winner Tall Metro Storage Utility Cabinet
- 2. System Build Flynn Wooden Storage Cabinet
- 1. Sterilite 01423V01 4 Shelf Cabinet
- Picking The Right Cabinet
10. Sterilite 01403V01 2 Shelf Cabinet
Sterilite 2 shelf cabinet is a compact storage solution that will be easy to fit inside a small garage. Due to its compact size of 35 by 25 by 19 inches, it can even be placed on top of another cabinet or a table. The cabinet has two shelves that can be adjusted and two swinging doors. It is made out of a durable plastic material and it can sustain a lot of weight. The cabinet comes in a small package and will need to be assembled. Assembly only takes a few minutes and it does not require any kind of tools.
- Compact form factor
- Lightweight polycarbonate construction
- The doors are flimsy
Because the cabinet is made out of plastic, it can bend when it needs to hold a lot of weight. This causes the doors to fall out of their sockets in some cases or just become a bit lose. The system used to hold the doors in place could have been better.
9. UltraHD Tall Storage Cabinet
UltraHD tall storage cabinet is a good investment for the ones that like to have their garage properly organized. The model is made using a steel frame and stainless steel segmented doors. It supports a maximum load of 600 pounds and it is separated into 4 different shelf. The model has a width of 36 inches and a height of 72 inches. It offers plenty of storage and features caster wheels that make it easy to move around when needed.
- Steel frame and doors
- Caster wheels
- Lightweight for its size
- Not very easy to assemble
Like most other cabinets on our list, the model comes disassembled. This makes it easier to transport. The problem is that assembly will prove to be challenging. It will take about an hour to properly assemble the unit and the instructions are not very helpful.
8. Gladiator GALG36KDYG Ready-To-Assemble Large Gearbox
Gladiator large gearbox is a great storage solution that comes with a decent price tag. It is a large, tall cabinet with 3 shelves that can hold a maximum load of 45 pounds each. The doors are made out of aluminum and have locks while the legs can be adjusted so that the cabinet is stable even on uneven floors. The cabinet is made entirely out of metal which also makes it quite heavy. A nice bonus feature is the fact that the manufacturers also offer a wall mounting kit that can be purchased separately.
- Adjustable legs
- Metal construction
- Lockable doors
- Quite heavy
The cabinet itself is quite heavy. When mounted on a wall, if it is not installed properly, it will fall off when it is fully loaded. Also, moving it around will prove to be difficult without emptying it first to reduce its total weight.
7. Suncast Tall Storage Cabinet
The Suncast tall storage cabinet is a great pick for the ones that have a limited budget and still want a large storage space. It has a capacity of 19 cubic feet and has 3 separated shelves. Each shelf can hold up to 75 pounds which means that it is quite sturdy and well-constructed. The cabinet is made using a metal frame and metal reinforced shelves. The rest of the body of the cabinet is made out of plastic which reduces its overall weight. Last but not least, the doors have a locking mechanism and they are resistant to scratches, dents, and corrosion.
- Metal frame and reinforcement
- Lockable doors
- Difficult to assemble
The cabinet will need to be assembled. There are not that many parts to put together but it will prove to be difficult. The doors are large and some parts are difficult to snap into place. It will take little under an hour to get it properly setup.
6. Keter Optima Wonder 72 x 31 x 18 in. Free Standing Plastic Tall Storage Cabinet
Keter Optima Wonder storage cabinet offers all the space one would need in their garage to properly organize their tools. It is a universal cabinet with 4 adjustable shelves and flips over removable bins. Each shelf was made to handle a maximum weight of 66 pounds. The entire cabinet has a sturdy resin construction. Also, the doors were made to offer proper sealing which protects the items inside against humidity and dust. Last but not least, for its size and construction, the cabinet is quite inexpensive.
- Durable resin construction
- Difficult assembly
Similar to other models in our list, the Keter Optima storage cabinet has the same common problem. The cabinet is delivered disassembled. Assembly is a bit challenging. There are many similar parts and the instructions are not very clear.
5. Seville Classics Heavy Duty Storage Cabinet UHD16234
Seville Classics heavy duty storage cabinet offers great value for the money. It is one of the most durable cabinets in our list in the sense that it supports a lot of weight. The model has been fitted with heavy-duty wheels which enables it to be moved around without having to empty it. The model is made mostly out of stainless steel and has adjustable shelves. The doors on the cabinet also have a key lock. The maximum load the cabinet can support is 600 lbs.
- Supports up to 600 lbs
- Steel construction
- Key lock on the doors
- A bit flimsy
Assembly is not that much of a hustle with this particular model but it feels a bit flimsy. The pieces do fall into place properly but if it is pushed hard, the cabinet tends to bend. It is still a good cabinet once fully assembled.
4. Gladiator GAWG28FDYG Full Door Wall Box
Gladiator wall storage box is a great pick for the ones that are looking to setup their garage in an organized manner. It is a small storage box made out of steel with back plates and a very durable frame. The doors on the storage box have a magnetic locking system that keeps them closed with the wall mounting system is very simple. As with other storage cabinets and boxes, the model comes disassembled.
- Steel construction
- Magnetic doors
- Easy to mount on a wall
- Does not offer the same quality as their other cabinets
Gladiator has multiple storage cabinets available but for some odd reason, this particular model is less sturdy and durable. It seems as if it was not made in the same factory or using the same materials. It is not a bad purchase, it is just inconsistent with the quality of their other products.
3. Keter Space Winner Tall Metro Storage Utility Cabinet
For the ones that need a lot of storage space in their garage, the Keter Space tall storage cabinet will prove to be a cheap and effective pick. It is an inexpensive cabinet made out of polypropylene which means it will not rust and it is easy to maintain. The cabinet has 4 adjustable shelves and each shelf can hold up to 44 pounds. What makes it such a great pick is the fact that the depth of the cabinet makes it rather slim which means it will take very little floor space inside the garage.
- Slim and compact design
- 4 adjustable shelves
- Will not rust, easy to maintain
- Thinner than what it should be
Since it is made out of polycarbonate, the cabinet is not as durable as the metal ones. This fact is accentuated by the thin walls. For a plastic cabinet, the walls should have been thicker in order to better support the weight of the shelves.
2. System Build Flynn Wooden Storage Cabinet
The System Build Flynn storage cabinet offers great value for money. It is very affordable and offers plenty of storage space. The cabinet is made from laminated particleboard which is sturdy enough but it will require assembly. It has a slim design which means it takes very little floor space and it is quite tall. Last but not least, the cabinet is designed with 4 shelves and comes with a one year warranty.
- Durable laminated particleboard construction
- Slim design
- Annoying to assemble
The cabinet comes disassembled like most other products on our list. What sets it apart is the fact that assembly can be very annoying. Parts are difficult to fit into place and since there are some of them that are almost identical, it is possible to simply arrange them in a wrong way.
1. Sterilite 01423V01 4 Shelf Cabinet
Sterilite storage cabinet is one of the best selling products on our list and for a good reason. With a very low price tag and more than enough storage space, the cabinet will prove to be extremely useful. It is made out of a heavy-duty polycarbonate material and has 4 adjustable shelves. The model measures 69 inches in height and 25 inches in length. Also, the cabinet is much sturdier than some would be tempted to think
- Very sturdy and durable construction
- Plenty of storage space
- Doors do not stay closed properly
The cabinet is truly worth spending money on. For a simple garage storage cabinet, it is a great pick. The one odd thing about it is that the doors do not stay properly closed. They will not open on their own if the cabinet is placed properly on an even floor.
Picking The Right Cabinet
Picking a decent cabinet can be a bit challenging. The biggest issue comes from the fact that the floor space that can be used inside a garage for a storage unit can be extremely limited. There are a lot of different cabinets to choose from but it is important to look at pricing and several other aspects such as:
- Size: Size is important since floor space is limited. Sometimes it might be better to go for two slim cabinets rather than to go for a larger one.
- Wall mounted or standard: A regular storage cabinet will sit on the floor and it will be at least 60 inches tall. The alternative is a wall mounted storage cabinet which takes less storage space but it also offers less storage space.
- Polycarbonate or metal: The biggest advantage that comes with plastic or polycarbonate cabinets is that they are lightweight and easy to move around. However, caster wheels make both types equally easy to move around. Metal cabinets are heavy, can hold more weight but they can rust over time while plastic cabinets do not but they are less durable in terms of the weight they can sustain.