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An Easy Guide on How to Build a Storage Cabinet An Easy Guide on How to Build a Storage Cabinet

52 Most Coveted Storage Cabinets In 2021

February 21, 2020

An Easy Guide on How to Build a Storage Cabinet

Written by: Leo Lete

Storage cabinet for garage, kitchen, bathroom, or office come in a range of builds made of plastic, wood, or metal and may include extra doors and shelves.

A storage cabinet is a savior in decluttering the mess inside your house. It not only helps in organizing your valuables and accessories but also contributes to the overall look of your house. 


But did you know that you can build a storage cabinet on your own that won’t burn a hole into your pockets? If you want to take that DIY plunge, then this is the best guide on how to build your own storage cabinet.


Wood will be the material used for this guide, but you can use any sturdy material you want for your cabinet. However, you may need a different set of tools if you’re planning to make a metal cabinet.


Are you curious to learn how storage cabinets are made? They are fairly easy to build and inexpensive if you know what to do.


Step 1 – Measure the Cabinet on the Plywood



By definition, a storage cabinet is a tall box with a door. You can store anything you like in the storage cabinet as long as it fits the specifics of the cabinet. The type of hardware you buy and additions you make to this basic design must be based on what you want the cabinet to become.


Once you get the perfect cabinet in mind, get the ideal height, depth, and width of your cabinet. The width and depth will determine how large of a space the cabinet will occupy in your home or office. Its door should also match the height and width of the storage cabinet. Write these measurements down on a piece of paper for reference.


Draw a diagram of the cabinet to use as a reference when building this project. A scale on graph paper makes the task of getting the proper dimensions easier.


Step 2 – Cut the Plywood

cutting plywood


After the measurements are taken, depending on the size of the cabinet, you may use just a single sheet of wood. Draw the pieces into the sheet and begin cutting them out of the wood.


Sand the edges of each piece to remove the rough edges left from cutting the wood. Do not forget to wipe the wood with a towel followed by a tack cloth. Lastly, paint the wood with the color or varnish you prefer.


Step 3 – Assembling the Storage Cabinet

assembling the storage cabinet


This is one of the easier steps because putting the pieces together is not that complicated. Begin by laying the wood onto the work surface. Place a thin line of wood glue on one of the long edges and place another line on the sides against it. Place several nails along the side to fasten it in place, and repeat the process on the other side. 


Add a line of wood glue along the edge of the bottom and place the bottom piece plumb and nail in place. Repeat the process with the top of the storage cabinet. Measure an inch from the top and bottom of the door then split the distance between in half. 


Install the hinges along an edge of the door then fasten the door to the front of the storage cabinet. Place the knob an inch from the opposite side and center. Paint the storage cabinet if you did not stain it beforehand.


Final Step 4 – Painting the Storage Cabinet Pieces

paint the storage cabinet


First, prime the cabinet pieces and let it dry before painting. Prime the pieces that will form the dividers and adjustable shelves as well. Remember to label the panels of the cabinet before painting. Start by making a quick sketch or two showing all the doors and drawers before painting the cabinet.


Label and number the doors and drawers to help you keep a tab of the panels you are working on. Write the under hinge locations where it will not be seen. Cover the numbers with masking tape to protect them during painting.


Use a fast-drying primer for the first coat of the cabinet. Read the label for information on re-coating time to make sure the primer is compatible with the paint you are going to use.


Do Not Over-Do the Sanding



Sand the cabinets before painting your storage cabinet to give the new paint a good surface to grip. You don’t need to sand bare wood: if your cabinets have a factory finish, sand lightly with 120-grit sandpaper or a sanding sponge. Start with a coarser 100-grit paper to remove bumps before sanding again with 120-grit to get rid of any sanding marks.


Clean the Plywood With a Tack Cloth

tack cloth


Always ensure a smooth paint job and good adhesion. It’s critical that you remove all the sanding dust from the doors, drawer fronts, and cabinet frames. Start by vacuuming everything to remove loose dust, but you still need to clean it by hand yourself.


The traditional method is to use tack cloths that you can buy in packs. To use a tack cloth, completely unfold it and loosely bunch it up. Wipe it over the surface to pick up dust, shake it out frequently, and re-form the bundle to use it again. When the cloth has lost its dust-grabbing ability, throw it away and get a new one.


Check the Storage Cabinet for Defects After Priming 

inspect the furniture


The first step after cleaning the grease off your cabinet is filling unwanted holes, dents, and dings with wood filler. After sanding, get rid of the dust and prepare it for priming. It is a good idea to check everything with a bright light to spot and fill any remaining holes or dents. It’s easier to spot these problems after priming.


We prefer filling with an oil-based spackling compound because it sticks well and dries hard for a durable repair. The downside of this additional round of spackling is that you’ll have to reprime the patched areas.


Painting Techniques 

Always paint with a mini roller. For painting cabinets, mohair, microfiber or foam sleeves are good choices. Foam sleeves will leave the smoothest finish, but they don’t hold much paint, so you will be reloading frequently. Experiment on a flat surface to see which sleeve works best with your paint.


Follow the direction of the wood grain with your brushstrokes when painting the frame and panel of your storage cabinet doors. The vertical stiles should receive the last brush stroke from top to bottom.


Materials Needed for Making Your Own Storage Cabinet

  • Plywood
  • Varnish
  • Spackling Compound 
  • Sand Paper
  • Grease Remover
  • Paint 
  • Paint Conditioner

Building a storage cabinet is relatively easy. Follow these steps and you will surely be at ease while building your storage cabinet.









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