Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 78
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PDXScott Review and Tips for Husky brand Floor and wall Cabinets
I am doing a garage remodel and wanted to get good looking cabinets to cover one wall. I went with the Husky brand cabinets from Home Depot.
These aren’t the most heavy duty cabinets that you can buy, but they are more than sufficient for the needs of most homeowners.
Below is a recap of some common themes from the reviews on this site:
Packaging – There will be a lot of Styrofoam to deal with after you unpack the cabinets. Something was needed to protect cabinets in shipping, but man, there is a TON of this stuff. Eco-bad.
Time to build – It’s not fast by any means. Heck, you have close to 50 bolts/nuts to tighten! My first cabinet took close to 5 hours to build. But I was futzing around and having a couple of beers. I was in NO HURRY. Plus I wanted it done right. On my 5th and last cabinet, my wife and I got it together in 50 minutes. That was using power tools (where applicable) to quicken the tightening of the bolts/nuts as well as two of us working on it. Plan on 1.5-2 hours for the first time.
Quality – there have been some comments about poor quality or bent/damaged cabinets. In the 5 floor cabinets and two wall cabinets I didn’t have a single issue with any damage or missing parts. The door locks aren’t much, but who locks a garage cabinet?
• Unpack the cabinet putting similar pieces near each other (i.e. the back wall (gray), shelves, doors. and the top and bottom). Put the Styrofoam back into the box to keep it from getting in the way.
• Open up the hardware and separate the nuts, washers and bolts into three piles:
-- AA – carriage bolts + washer + nut for door hinge plates and shelves (14 each)
-- BB – button head bolt + nut (24 each)
-- EE – small carriage bolt + washer + nut for door hinge (8 each)
• Put the back panels (C) on a couple of 2x4’s to make it easy to reach in from behind to hold the bolts while attaching the nuts for connecting the side, back and top panels. Note: the side panels need to go on the outside of the top and bottom lips on the left/right side of the cabinet. If not, you’ll get doors that bind and the look isn’t as clean.
• Note that the back panel grommets don’t line up. This freaked me out for some reason. There’s only one way for these back panels to go together.
• Install the leveling feet to the same depth (use a tape measure) so it’s basically level when you stand it up. You can adjust for irregularities of your floor later.
• When tightening the bolts and nuts, I got the tread started for the nut and then used my cordless drill with a socket and an extension to reach the bolts. I put the torque to a very low level to just snug up the nuts but not really tighten the nuts on the bolts. I also found that a screw-driver with a socket helped me tighten up the nuts fast.
• For getting bolts through two steel panels (like on the side or back), push out the larger panel with your hand, slide the bolt through the first hole and then guide it through the second hole. It’s way easier than trying to jam the bolt through two holes at once and damaging the threads. Bent threads make for a pain in the tail nut threading!
• Don’t worry about the cabinet being perfectly square after getting the back, sides, top, bottom and shelves together. Get it close but leave it lying on the floor on 2x4s. Put on the doors and use them to get the cabinet square and the doors aligned at the top so one door doesn’t sit up a half-inch higher than the other! Once square and the doors align, tighten the top and bottom connector bolts/nuts first. Tape the doors shut, put the cabinet on the floor feet down, and then hit the other bolts with a hex driver to tighten.
• Don’t over-tighten any bolt/nut. Just make them snug.
• There are sharp edges on the steel cabinet. Use gloves.
• This is a VERY well engineered product. All parts fit together very well. Don’t force anything. If it doesn’t fit, you’ve likely got something wrong with the install.
• Thank goodness the part stickers come off easily. If they were paper with a bad glue, this would be a pain.
• Stand back and enjoy your work!!
March 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WILL22 Will's Garage
These cabinets are heavy duty and well designed , Made a huge difference in organizing my garage.
August 6, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by schirminator Good Value for the Money
I read the reviews that pointed to damaged/dented panels and I think that is probably more a reflection on the individual store than the manufacturer. Anyhow, mine was perfect. Assembly is straight forward though a little more difficult if you do it by yourself since it is hard to hold parts and reach all the fasteners. I used coat hanger braces to hold up the sides when I bolted them to the back, after that it was pretty easy. And yes, you do not want to tighten up everything until the instructions say to, every step in the assembly manual is careful to point that out so all you have to do is read and follow them! My only complaint is I would like to have had at least one more shelf. So I just made a couple out of wood (see photo). I used 16 x 1 in pine shelving and 1x1 square hardwood dowel (1 x 1 is the finished size!). Attach a strip of the 1x1 under the back edge of the shelf so it hangs out 1/2 in. That strip will then slide into the slot in the back of the cabinet for support. Same slot that the metal shelves go into. Then I used a 1 inch long piece of the 1x1 attached to the metal cabinet at each side to support the front of the shelf. Simple and no mods to the cabinet.
April 1, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by CZ Nice Cabinet
I bought two of these cabinets. Putting one together sure helped with the second one. Quite complicated to put together. Three hours on the first and two and a half on the second. There was some minor damage on both, not bad enough to return. I had to rubber mallet both because of dents. Both had one nut, bolt, and washer missing. Very hard to square the cabinet once together. All and all a nice cabinet once together.Pros, nice cabinet and warranty, cons, assembly and assembly directions.
June 24, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Cyaxares Over Priced
Front doors do not align exactly. The prefabricated metal - when bolted together resulted in the front doors not aligning vertically by about 1/8 inch.
June 10, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PackerFan Good unit - easy to assemble
I bought three of these from Home Depot. After assembling all three here are some tips to make installation go faster:
1) Don't tighten any nuts until the cabinet is fully together and square.
2) When adding the sides, bottom and top shim under the unit with a 2x4 or something similar so you can hold your finger under the alan screw when finger tightening the nut - otherwise the whole weight of the unit will be pressing your finger into the floor.
3) Instead of squaring the unit with a square, put the doors on and hold the unit in a position where the doors line up properly. Then have someone else adjust the feet so that the cabinet stands square.
4) After the cabinet is square, tighten all the screws & bolts. The back seam uses three of the alan head screws with nuts. Although a deep well socket is recommended for installation it will not fit in the channel for these three nuts. Use an alan head bit on a ratcheting handle and an open end wrench for these three items. Even wtih good light it's dark enough in there you really don't want to use the alan wrench provided for these three screws.
November 12, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jeep4Wrk Very nice cabinet
Picked this up at the store the first day it was available. Unpacked it all and found all 6 long panels (2 back, 2 sides, 2 doors) were bent on one end. Called the 800 number in the box as instructed and got a VERY helpful person. She promised to send new panels. She called back to tell me that the 4 side and back panels were shipping but that the doors were backordered and would ship separately. Very good customer service.
New side and back panels arrived in perfect shape. Still waiting for the doors.
See my review for the 48" cabinet regarding the quality and fit. This 32" cabinet looks to be exactly the same.
One thing I noticed is that you can't place the cabinets flush against each other side-to-side. The doors need space to open and would hit the other cabinet. Bad design, but I can live with it for my installation.
May 26, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by HuckleCat Typical Chinese product: You get what you pay for
I put this together several weeks ago for my garage remodel. I bought it as a locking cabinet to store power tools to delay thieves at least a little. It is not heavy-enough gauge steel to stop them for long, but it will keep them from walking into your garage and taking stuff while the door is up.
My biggest disappointment was that there was more damage than I hoped would be there. It was almost surely not a return because everything was packed so well, so the moderately deep scratches and dings, some visible on the front, were probably put there at the factory. My prior experience with this cheap of product tells me that a return would just produce another box with similar defects, and I wanted to get the garage model done, so I declined to take it back even though my Home Depot is pretty close.
That said, it's only a few scratches and dings, and it looks nice in my garage. It serves its purpose and I haven't had the problem with bowing shelves that other reviewers have mentioned. Power tools can be moderately heavy and I haven't stored full paint cans there, but so far the shelves have been holding up well.
I'd recommend this as long as you aren't expecting too much. It's a great price and it was out of the question for me to spend several grand for top-of-the-line cabinets, so this was a decent compromise. If you are super picky about products being "virgin" out of the box like I am, then be prepared to take it back at least once. Or you can just be happy with the good price and be done with it.
June 11, 2013