The Best Materials for Garage Cabinets

The Best Materials for Garage Cabinets

There are several choices you'll have if you're upgrading your garage storage through the installation of cabinets, and one of the most important will be which material you choose for these cabinets. There are several robust materials available today that might be ideal for your needs here, and which you choose will depend on several factors.

At Precision Closets & Garage, we're happy to offer a wide range of garage cabinets, shelves and other garage storage setups for any need you may have. We work with several different materials, producing custom cabinets and other storage equipment to meet your exact specifications. What are some of the top material options to consider for your garage cabinetry? Here's a rundown.

Metal or Metallic

In many cases, such as when you need robust cabinets that can withstand a lot of wear and tear, metal is the ideal material to use. Metallic garage storage cabinets are usually constructed from durable steel or aluminum, designed to be strong and reliable while still looking good in your garage space.

If you do choose to go this route, you'll have a few choices of your specific material. Stainlss steel, for example, will be corrosion resistant, while galvanized steel is a lower cost option that offers good durability.

Keep in mind that metal cabinets come with some major benefits, but also some possible minor drawbacks. For one, they are limited in their color and design options. While you can always find cabinets in a variety of sizes and shapes, metallic options are typically only available in silver or gray tones. However, their durability and ease of maintenance often make them top choices.


The other primary material option for garage storage cabinets is wood. Of course, the type of wood you choose will largely depend on your budget and how much use your cabinets will receive. Options like oak, cedar and mahogany offer a classic look that can give your garage a warm, inviting feel. However, these cabinets will generally cost more than metal ones.

On the other hand, if you don't need as much strength or durability in your cabinetry but want something that looks great and is easy to work with, choose plywood. This material is often used to make cabinets that are stylish, light and inexpensive.

Powder Coating

One form of finishing that's sometimes used for both metal or wood cabinets is powder coating. This finishing process involves baking the surface of your cabinets with a specialized powder then curing it to create an attractive, durable finish. It helps protect against scratches and wear, as well as providing additional color options for your cabinets that you may not be able to find otherwise.


Moving to some more modern materials, you may want to consider PVC garage cabinetry. This type of material is great for those who are looking for a low cost option that's also incredibly durable and resistant to wear and tear. It's lightweight, easy to install and comes in a variety of different colors, making it easier to match your existing decor.

Not only this, but PVC materials naturally resist corrosion, stains, water, and weathering, giving you a cabinet that will stand up to the toughest conditions. These cabinets are typically cheaper than wood to build, and are completely immune to rot (unlike wood).

On the downside, these cabinets may be more prone to scratches or dents. They also can look "cheap" if they aren't well-built - but if you're working with a quality builderlike ours, this won't be an issue.


In other cases, particularly for temporary storage needs, you may want to consider plastic garage storage cabinets. This material is generally much cheaper than wood or metal, and it's also lightweight and resistant to wear and tear.

Keep in mind that plastic won't be as strong overall as other materials, but it's perfect for short-term use or storing items that don't need a lot of protection. It's also available in a wide range of colors, making it easy to match your existing decor.

However, as a full-time cabinetry material in the garage, plastic is typically not the best choice. It can be prone to cracking under pressure, and it won't offer the same level of protection as steel or wood. Plus, since it's not as durable, you may need to replace your cabinets more often.

Overall, when choosing material for your garage storage cabinets, there are a number of factors that must be taken into account. What type of use will your cabinets see? How often do you need to access them? Do you have a budget for the materials? Answering these questions can help you determine which type is best suited for your needs.

Once you've chosen the right material, contact our team at Precision Closets & Garage to get started on creating a custom-built solution that's perfect for your space. Our experienced professionals can help you create a cabinet system that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations. Contact us today to get started!