Metal Storage Cabinets Buying Guide

Metal storage cabinets are a great way to store classroom, lab and office supplies. They're exceedingly strong, can stand up to years of heavy use and can be found in a variety of colors. There are a few things to think about before you purchase a metal storage cabinet, mainly: door style, type of shelving and dimensions.

Door Style

There are a number of different door styles to choose from – think about which style works best for your space.

  • Solid doors are best for maximum privacy and security, and are often more durable than mesh or clear glass doors.
  • Clear doorsallow you to keep an eye on valuable items, but still lock for added security. Typically, clear doors are glass or plastic.
  • Mesh metal doors are strong, see-through, and a great option for science labs.

Cabinets with no doors are a fine option if theft or privacy isn't a concern.


Metal cabinets can come equipped with adjustable shelving, open cubbies, drawers or shelving of various shapes and sizes. Adjustable shelving allows for the most flexibility, while open cubbies are a great option for early learning classrooms, as they're easily accessible to little ones. Take inventory of the items you need to store before make a purchase, and check the cabinet's weight capacity as well. Remember: the lower the gauge, the stronger the steel.


If you need more work space, consider a desk height cabinet, which can often double as a work surface. Desk height cabinets are typically 28 to 30 inches in height. Take note of the cabinet's measurements before you make a purchase, and be sure to measure the space where your cabinet will sit. People often underestimate the amount of storage they need.

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