Caroline W. Campbell December 12, 2019 Garage Cabinet
The ceiling of your garage can be turned into a good garage storage option as well. These can hold your summer garden tools or stuff which are not safe to be in the reach of kids. The shelves and racks can be used for more frequently used items like wires, bulbs, tapes etc. The racks are usually useful for longer tools or things like shovels and rakes. These again are easy to put up and extremely useful and also cost effective and scores on the utility aspect too. A line of metal hooks in different sizes can also be used for hanging various tools.
When you approach a carpenter or a company that provides custom garage cabinets, you have the basic idea about what all you want to store and in which part of the garage to do it. Rest of the designing is done by the professionals. They may include already existing shelves in the design; create a corner cabinet to utilize more space or combining it with hanging units and a working table top.
You can mount garage cabinet on the wall or it can sit on the floor. The wall mounting is probably what you would prefer. It is up off the floor giving you more space. Setting cabinets on the floor exposes them to moisture. This is a real problem if your cabinets are made from wood. Wall mount cabinets also keep the contents of the unit out of reach to most little critters like mice.
There is a huge variety of garage cabinets to choose from. Some can even be locked and are relatively secure. Stash your roller blades or your snow shovels away safely. Keep the kids toys off the floor. If you want a garage cabinet as a mini work station, then you can purchase the rolling ones for easy working with storage below. Sturdy industrial grade materials are used lately to enable the increasing weight capacity of garage storage cabinets and shelves for heavy, bulky items like fertilizer bags and power tools. These garage cabinets can be wall mounted in case space is an issue. Open and closed cabinets with solid backs are available wherein the structure itself is an integral part of the design. The sleek cabinets come in steel, aluminum, diamond plate, and wood finishes with a variety of high grade hardware features. Some cabinets are also made of plastic, although these tend to break down pretty rapidly and need replacement. The cabinets not only look good but score high on strength, durability and functionality.
You can get garage cabinets that look really nice or ones that look just okay. If you really care about the looks of your garage go for the nice looking cabinets. You will pay more for the looks. There are cabinets that are made of plastic and units that are made of wood. Plastic does not need to be painted. Wood may look nicer but will require more up keep.
If the cabinets are to carry heavy loads be sure to utilize dovetail joinery as it is the strongest way to construct wood cabinets. Cam lock systems can be used for medium duty storage, with simple nailed or screwed designs left for only light duty storage. Wood cabinets can also come as free standing, rolling or hanging. When hanging cabinets on a wall, again be sure to utilize a hanging method appropriate for its intended use. For heavy duty cabinets the hanging method should be capable of supporting at least 250-300 lbs. Check with the manufacturer to insure their hanging system meets your needs. Prices vary for wood cabinets based on size and all the above design criteria but can be very affordable.
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