Caroline W. Campbell December 12, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Ready-Made Garage Cabinets. Resin cabinets by companies such as Rubbermaid are easy to locate and move. These are portable units and can also be used outdoors. Their great advantage is price and portability. You can move them where they are needed or take them with you if you relocate to a new home. Wood cabinets for garages are usually laminated particle board or plywood. These vary greatly in quality and durability. Look for adjustable shelves and multiple hinges, and hinges that let the door clear the opening. There are also real wood cabinets of a quality and price comparable to the finest kitchen cabinetry. They are usually custom made to order. Metal cabinets are usually made of powder-coated steel, as in automotive workshop storage, and can also be found in stainless steel. Steel cabinetry base units are available with wheels, making them ultra-practical for workshop storage.
Another thing to factor in your decision is if the units are able to be wall mounted or if they will have to sit on the floor. If they do need to stay on the floor, do the garage cabinets come with legs or rollers for ease of moving or do they sit flat on the floor with nothing underneath? The use of garage cabinets is one of many great ways to an organized garage. garage cabinets come in so many shapes and sizes that you will almost certainly find one or a combination of a few that will meet your storage needs. You can store anything you can think of in these units as long as the items will physically fit in there.
If the garage owner is accustomed to using the garage as workshop, and needs to store relevant equipment, then garage cabinets made from metal are the right choice, even if they cost a few dollars more. If, however, the cupboard is to be used to store lighter things like some equipment for car, or other outdoor gear, then plywood cupboards make more sense. In so far as choice between wooden and plywood is concerned, it is always better to opt for plywood. These serve the storage purpose, and can withstand rougher handling than some of the wood varieties.
Remember the last time you walked though a house as a potential buyer? Imagine opening the door from the house to the garage and finding clean and generous garage cabinets. In different sizes. Some with doors, some open shelving. And everything stored away, neatly. Nice, eh? Now imagine opening the same door into the garage and seeing storage solutions composed of boxes stacked on top of other boxes, tools leaning against the wall and piles of sports equipment, off-season clothing and other "stuff" just strewn around. Clearly the first picture is more attractive. But, as you think about buying the house, how much more would you pay for the first house, the one with the well-organized garage space?
So do not think of your installation of garage cabinets as an expense. Think of it as an investment. The estimates that a good garage space can add $5,000 to $10,000 onto the resale value of the house. Not only will you be able to enjoy using your garage more, but you will be able to recoup most or all of the money spent on the garage storage solutions. And do not forget to USE the cabinets to "de-clutter" the garage and the house when it comes time to sell your home. As your listing agent will point out, "If a buyer sees your stuff scattered around, they will assume the house is not large enough to hold the buyer`s stuff either."
Real estate professionals point out that well-designed garage cabinets add to a home`s value in two ways. First, like all "improvements," they are inherently valuable to a buyer -- if the buyer can use them. And who ca not use storage solutions? Perhaps more important, it helps "de-clutter" the garage itself while helping to hide items that would otherwise clutter the house -- the kitchen, the utility room, the bathroom or closets generally. Crowded storage inside a house is a serious negative to potential buyers, so having storage, even in the garage, is a huge plus.
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