Caroline W. Campbell December 12, 2019 Garage Cabinet
The basic aim of a garage is to park your vehicle(s), but even after doing so a lot of space is left in the garage that you can use appropriately. Most of us use this space to store various items like paint boxes, garden tools and equipments, water pipes, old magazines and several other junk materials which can be use in repair or renovation in future. To store it all in an organized manner, so that it does not come in the way, a garage cabinet system is required.
A more common garage cabinet material is of course wood. Wooden cabinets are available in many styles and can be a great place to start for an inexpensive solution to garage storage. Wood cabinets can be constructed out of a variety of materials such as hardwood, plywood, particle board and MDF. They can come finished, unfinished or laminated with a variety of materials such as Formica or PVC. The shelving and frame construction and connection methods vary from simple nailed or screwed designs, to cam lock systems or dovetail joinery. It is important to choose a construction method appropriate to the cabinets intended use.
It is always advisable to build the garage cabinet organizer at least a few inches above the floor. This ensures that it does not get spoiled by the water leaking from garden pipe or other sources. Doing this will make it easier to clean the garage too. The plastic and metal garage cabinet organizers are mostly available off the shelf in home centers. Most of them come with heavy duty wheels, so that they can be moved anywhere you want to shift them to. While selecting any cabinet for your garage, remember to go for a design and material that can take on rough handling and last long even in extreme weather conditions.
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.
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.
However, this durability of cabinets made from regular wood pales in front of the durability offered by metal cabinets. When compared to metal cabinets, wooden cabinets are usually cheaper. But this is because wood needs to be maintained. Water, termites, and even chipping due to regular usage can easily damage these cabinets. The next option is the garage cabinet made of plywood. Plywood cabinets offer two advantages; they are cheaper than both metal and wooden cabinets made from regular wood, and they look elegant just like the wooden cabinet. But this affordability and aesthetic appeal comes at a price.
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