Outdoor storage cabinets can add valuable storage space, housing items that you want to have close at hand and not packed away in a garage, shed or attic. These units are especially useful if your home doesn't have a garage. Building your own is not only a satisfying do-it-yourself project but far less expensive than buying pre-built cabinets. Here are some helpful tips that will lead to a successful project.
Take Good Measurements
You need to separate items that you want to place in your outdoor storage cabinet to take height and width measurements including any large tools that are not stored in a garage or shed.
Decide on Dimensions
Outdoor storage cabinets can be built to any size. A good rule of thumb for determining depth is to add 2 inches to the depth of your largest storage item. The cabinet length should be determined by measuring the combined length for a row of items and then adding another 6 inches to accommodate spacing between items.
Calculate Wood Needs
You will need to make some accurate calculations for purchasing the necessary wood for your outdoor storage cabinet project. Again, a good tip is to include 2 pieces for width by height, 2 pieces for width by depth, 2 pieces for height by depth plus wood needed to create legs, shelves, edges and molding if desired.
Do some comparison shopping at lumberyards, home improvement centers and other retail sources where cabinet supplies can be purchased. Also be on the lookout for home builder auctions or public sales where you might find an excellent deal on not only wood, but even on finished cabinets that you can buy for a bargain, add a waterproof finish and use immediately. You might also find all necessary supplies like hardware, paint and stain and even nails or screws to complete your project.
Create a Blueprint
You don’t need drafting-level skills to create a blueprint or diagram to guide your outdoor storage cabinet construction. Simple sketches can outline sized pieces of wood, number of door panels, hardware needed and other notations and will serve as a good guide toward successful completion. It is also a good idea to map out the area where your outdoor storage cabinet will be placed deciding if you want to create tabletop units, wall hanging units or freestanding units. Make sure the space surrounding your proposed cabinet placement allows for good access and doors can open freely when accessing items inside.
Shelving and Peg Boards
Oftentimes many storage items such as small tools and even bags containing screws, buttons and other items can easily hang on a peg board that allows easy access. Consider when designing your outdoor storage cabinet to include areas where peg boards can be used. A good tip is to create separate storage units that either employ shelving or peg boards. Perhaps you can experiment with tall cabinet structures that are designed for both.
Additional tips to consider include that tried and true reminder to always measure at least twice so you cut only once. Additionally, when building your outdoor storage cabinets always follow good safety practices including use of protective eyewear and gloves.