How to Install Cabinets in a Garage

Cabinets can be an excellent addition to a garage, providing storage that's secure, safe and clean for tools, automotive supplies and other materials. With a little knowledge and care, you can do an excellent job of installing cabinets in your garage.

  1. Decide where you want the cabinets to be. Consider the height and the amount of clearance you'll need for other items you may store above or below the cabinets.
  2. Draw a line marking the bottom edge of the cabinets. Measure up from the floor at several locations, mark the wall, and check the line to see if it's level by using a carpenter's level. When the line is level, mark it with a pencil.
  3. Nail the 1-by-4-inch board to the wall so the top edge of it is even with the line you've drawn. This board will serve as a temporary support when you place the cabinets.
  4. Place the first cabinet against the wall, resting the bottom edge on the board. Check to see that the cabinet is level and plumb, then secure it to the wall using wood screws. The screws should be long enough to sink 1 1/2 inches into the studs of the wall.
  5. Place the next cabinet on the board, snug against the first cabinet. Secure it to the wall as in Step 4, then bolt the cabinets together using a nut and a bolt. Repeat until you've installed all of your cabinets.
  6. Remove the 1-by-4 board from the wall.

Things You Will Need

  • Cabinets
  • Level
  • Drill
  • 1-by-4-inch board
  • Wood screws
  • Nuts and bolts

About the Author

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.