Standard garage cabinets are often designed with standard kitchen-cabinet measurements, as these measurements include both base cabinets and wall-mounted storage units. If you purchase new or used storage cabinets, you will most likely get the standard kitchen-cabinet measurements, even though you are using the storage cabinets for your garage. However, if you are planning on mounting cabinet units in your garage, you must consider how and where you will mount them.
Standard Mounting Height
The standard mounting height for cabinets, including both garage and kitchen cabinets, is approximately 96 inches from the floor's surface to the top of the cabinets in question. This particular height means you can reach the top of the cabinets by either standing on your toes or using a chair or stool, just as you might do with common kitchen cabinets. This height also provides some space between the top surface of the cabinet and the ceiling, so the cabinets can get proper ventilation.
General Cabinet Sizes
The mounting height of garage cabinets depends on the cabinet's size. If the cabinet has the standard measurements of 12 inches deep and approximately 30 inches tall, the 96-inch installation height is proper. A taller cabinet may require a higher mounting height, if the bottom of the cabinet interferes with your car-parking space. The width of a garage cabinet falls between 15 inches for single doors and 48 inches for several doors.
Garage Cabinet Considerations
When you are choosing your mounting location, examine the space before you start drilling. Make sure that your car can fit into the garage without it hitting or scraping the cabinets, as you drive in and out. In addition, ensure that wide cabinet units mounted above car height do not hit your car if you have a ski or kayak storage rack on top of your car.
Mounting Garage Cabinets
Wooden garage cabinets must be mounted in a secure manner so they do not detach and fall down, causing potential damage to your car or items in your garage. Locate the wooden beams that extend across the garage, if applicable. If you have finished walls, use a wall stud to locate the studs in the wall. Use these construction studs and beams to mount your cabinets, as they provide strength to the cabinet, meaning it can hold more weight. Attaching it simply to the wall without wall studs increase the chances of broken walls and destroyed cabinets, as they may dismount.
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