5 Things to Look for in a Shop Storage Cabinet

Are you buying a new storage cabinet for your shop? Looking for a good place to store your tools, materials, and everything else you need for work?

Today, I’m going to explain how to easily buy the right shop storage cabinet for your needs. Here are five things to consider when shopping for a shop storage cabinet:

5) Durability


Shop storage cabinets are rarely cheap. And the shop storage cabinets that are cheap are rarely going to last very long.

The cost of your shop storage unit will vary widely depending on the size of your work area and the number/type of things you need to store.

However, as a good rule of thumb, you should typically avoid buying the least expensive or most expensive shop storage cabinet: the one with a medium price tends to offer the best value.

4) Locking versus non-locking


Many tool cabinets and chests include locks. On some cabinets, all of the drawers and shelves are locked, while others may just have one or two locked areas.

In most cases, it’s a good idea to have the option of locking your stuff up. You don’t have to lock it up every time you walk away, but a lock can provide you with peace of mind.In any case, you need to decide how secure you want your storage cabinet to be. Is theft a problem at your workplace? Is your storage cabinet in an unsecured location? Can you afford to lose the tools and materials you keep in your cabinet?

3) Material: steel, plastic, polypropylene, or structural foam

Tool chests and cabinets typically come in four different materials:




-Structural foam

Steel may be the most durable (and most expensive), but it’s also quite heavy. At the same time, polypropylene, structural foam, and plastic are all lighter, but they’re not quite as durable and may not be ideal for carrying heavy tools and materials.

2) Portability

Where do you usually work? Are you regularly on the road? Do you spend most of your time outside, indoors, or traveling between clients?


If you’re buying a shop storage unit, then you likely do most of your work from a fixed location. However, some cabinets can easily be wheeled around while others are designed to be fixed in place.

Do you regularly work around the shop? Do you find yourself moving tools from one end of the worksite to the other? Or do you constantly work around a smaller workbench?

If you’re always on the move, a wheeling tool cabinet can save yourself countless time and effort.

It’s also important to consider the quality of the wheels. Most storage cabinets wheel around quite easily with no tools inside. However, if you’re trying to wheel around a cabinet filled with tools, cheap wheels may crack, break, or stiffen up.

1) Consider other shop storage options

Let’s face it: most people have multiple storage locations. You may have a large wheeling cabinet in your shop, a truck-mounted toolbox, a portable bag, and a wall of cabinets in your garage.


Shop storage cabinets are just one way to store tools in your home or workplace. Other storage solutions include:

-Hooks, wall hangers, and pegboards

Portable tool bags

-Truck tool boxes

Tool backpacks

A shop storage cabinet may have wheels, but it’s not particularly portable. If portability is important, then a few tool bags may be the better option.

Similarly, truck tool boxes can easily be fixed in the bed of your pickup truck while offering the same convenience and storage space of a full shop cabinet.

Ram Products offers a full lineup of shop storage cabinets, units, parts, and accessories. View our shop storage catalog here!

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