When I started my garage renovation, I had no idea what the cost of garage cabinets and shelving would be. But I wanted to add storage and get a cohesive look without breaking the bank.
I found out that garage cabinets cost between $100 and $400 for small cabinets that can be freestanding or wall-mounted. Tall floor garage cabinets usually cost between $300 and $800.
There are some obvious exceptions to this. A basic plastic cabinet will cost under $100, and the average Snap-on cabinet can cost as much as a used car. Custom garage cabinets range begins at a thousand dollars per cabinet and increases quickly from there.
That’s a big range, so let’s go into more detail. I’ll give some examples along the way.
Specialty garage cabinets
When I started looking to renovate my garage and add more storage, I thought it would be simple. I didn’t have any old cabinets to rip out, so my plan was to buy some cabinets and put my stuff in them.
However, there are a lot of garage cabinet options out there.
The price list below is broken into two categories: big freestanding cabinets and small, floor or wall-mountable cabinets. You can see both types of garage cabinets in the picture above.
Within each category, there are some other types of specialty garage cabinets that you might want to consider based on your individual needs:
Tall lockers are used to store jackets, wetsuits, or snowboarding and motorcycle gear.
Tall locker cabinets are available in different styles to match the theme of your garage. Some cabinet manufacturers design them to blend in with their other cabinets for a seamless look. Others look like actual sports lockers, complete with team logos.
Another good use for a tall locker is holding oversized items like fishing rods or sharp items and tools you want to keep away from the kids.
The cost of a tall locker cabinet is typically the same as a freestanding cabinet from the same manufacturer.
Tool storage cabinets usually have rolling wheels, so you can move them about the garage as needed.
Tool chests come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The key things to look for are durability and weight capacity. Tool chests can take a lot of abuse, so you want one that can stand up to some punishment.
They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars for entry-level tool chests like Craftsman and Husky to over $12,000 for the Snap-on Epiq Roll Cab above.
If you absolutely need to store flammable materials in your garage, you don’t want them sitting out in the open on your garage shelves. You want to make sure you’re protected.
Safety cabinets are rated by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) or OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).
While we don’t recommend storing flammable liquids in your garage, make sure your safety cabinet is rated by one of these organizations.
It’ll help you sleep soundly and not worry about your garage exploding during the night.
That rating comes at a cost, though.
Safety cabinets typically cost several hundred dollars more than a similar-sized freestanding or wall cabinet, usually between $500 to $2000.
30 Garage Cabinet Price Examples
This list is broken into price examples for small wall-mounted cabinets and a separate list for tall, freestanding cabinets.
I wanted all the cabinets from the same manufacturer to give my garage a cohesive look. While you can save money by mixing-and-matching cabinets from different cabinet manufacturers, that’s not the look I wanted.
The whole point of renovating your garage is to have something you’re proud to show off, right?
Several of these manufacturers also make their own garage storage systems, ceiling racks, or shelves. Often there’s an incentive to stay within the same brand.
For example, if you have Gladiator’s garage organization system, their cabinets mount seamlessly on them, letting you easily adjust them whenever you need to.
Every manufacturer on this list has cabinets in both sections except for Lista. They’re very popular with mechanics who can’t justify paying a higher price for a Snap-on cabinet.
Note: This only includes prices for new cabinets. Many homeowners choose to buy used cabinets or repurpose kitchen cabinets in order to save money. While this is certainly a budget-friendly option, it’s beyond the scope of this list.
Cost of Garage Cabinets: Wall Cabinets
|IKEA||IVAR Cabinet with 2 doors||32″||20″||33″||Pine wood||$120|
|IKEA||BROR Cabinet with 2 doors||26″||29″||15″||Wood||$169|
|Gladiator||RTA Full Door Wall GearBox||28″||28″||12″||Steel||$199|
|Gladiator||Premier Wall GearBox||30″||30″||12″||Steel||$329|
|Craftsman||18″ Wall-Mounted Cabinet||28″||28″||12″||Steel||$149|
|Kobalt||Wall Mount Garage Cabinet||30″||30″||14″||Steel||$179|
|Keter||Freestanding Garage Cabinet||25″||38″||17″||Plastic||$99|
|Prepac||Hangups Garage Cabinet||24″||30″||12″||Wood||$149|
|Husky||Garage Wall Cabinet||28″||29″||12″||Steel||$199|
|Seville Classics||Double Wall-Mounted Cabinet||36″||30″||12″||Stainless Steel||$169|
|Moduline||Pro II Wall Cabinet||30″||18″||11″||Aluminum||$381|
|Saber||Upper Wall Cabinet||30″||31″||14″||Steel||$389|
|Lista||HS Series Sliding Door Shelf Cabinet||40″||41″||22″||Steel||$1,067|
|New Age||Bold Wall Cabinet||24″||18″||12″||Steel||$119|
|Flow Wall||Wall Cabinet||24″||26″||12″||Wood||$224|
|American Heritage||Freestanding Cabinet||30″||26″||12″||Steel||$263|
Cost of Garage Cabinets: Freestanding Cabinets
|Gladiator||RTA Large Wall GearBox||36″||72″||18″||Steel||$399|
|Gladiator||Premier Tall GearBox||30″||65″||18″||Steel||$749|
|Craftsman||32″ Freestanding Tall Cabinet||32″||74″||18″||Steel||$319|
|Kobalt||Freestanding Garage Cabinet||30″||72″||20″||Steel||$499|
|Keter||Freestanding Garage Cabinet||25″||72″||17″||Plastic||$149|
|Prepac||Hangups Composite Garage Cabinet||30″||72″||16″||Wood||$385|
|Husky||Steel Tall Garage Cabinet||30″||72″||18″||Steel||$399|
|Seville Classics||Tall Cabinet||30″||72″||18″||Stainless Steel||$289|
|Moduline||Select Closet Cabinet||24″||75″||22″||Aluminum||$690|
|Moduline||Pro II Extra-Tall Wall Cabinet||32″||72″||15″||Steel||$850|
|New Age||Bold Multi-Use Locker||36″||72″||18″||Steel||$599|
|Flow Wall||Tall Cabinet||24″||72″||16″||Wood||$499|
|American Heritage||Freestanding Cabinet||36″||72″||18″||Steel||$404|
What About Custom Garage Cabinets?
We talked about off-the-shelf garage cabinets, which are an easy, affordable way to organize your garage.
But what if you want high-end custom garage cabinets?
Generally, you’ll pay a premium when you go with a custom garage cabinet company. It’s also common to have additional installation costs on top of the cost of the cabinets. Depending on whether you can find local contractors, labor costs for installation can often cost thousands of dollars for large garages.
However, unlike cheap garage cabinets, you’ll get a more professional look to the final product.
High-end brands like Baldhead or Vault cabinets will offer a complete, custom solution tailor-made for your garage – with a hefty price tag to go along with it.
Why Do Some Garage Cabinets Cost More Than Others?
There are over a dozen cabinet manufacturers on those lists, and garage cabinets’ prices can vary by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
What makes a $300 cabinet different than an $800 cabinet?
Here are a couple of different reasons:
Assembly required? Side by side, a ready-to-assemble cabinet usually costs about $100 less than a welded cabinet from the same manufacturer. Welded steel cabinets can hold more weight and usually last longer than their ready-to-assemble counterparts.
Materials: Cabinets are usually made from one of these materials: MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard), Plastic, Wood, Steel, or Aluminum.
As you go up the list, the cabinets get stronger, more durable, and more expensive. For example, a steel cabinet can hold more than a plastic cabinet, so you’d expect to pay more. Similarly, Aluminum is lighter, doesn’t rust, and is usually more dent resistant than steel.
Features: This stuff is easy to miss but worth looking into. Examples include ball-bearing drawers, pre-cut electrical holes, natural wood tops, tool mats, or cutouts.
Don’t forget about shipping costs: If you’re buying your garage cabinets from your local big-box store, you won’t have to worry about this. If you’re ordering custom garage cabinets online, ask about any free-shipping offers they have. You can sometimes pay over $1000 for shipping a cabinet set to your house.
That’s more than the cost of another tall floor cabinet!
Choosing garage cabinets is a big decision, and only the super-rich can ignore how much they cost. Remember that factors like materials, pre-assembly, and features will play a huge factor in the price of your garage cabinets.
Garage storage system manufacturers often have cabinets designed to install directly on their systems. This makes installation simple enough for most homeowners to do themselves.
Hopefully, this list will help give you a good estimate to help you make the best choice. If you want to see the cabinets I decided to purchase, I wrote a detailed review of my Gladiator cabinets here.