Caroline W. Campbell November 20, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Recycled Garage Cabinets. A great way to set up with cabinets is to recycle kitchen cabinets, especially older ones which are made well. This method has many advantages, especially in cost and in not dumping perfectly usable cabinetry in a landfill. Cabinet doors can be painted or even removed for open shelving. Wall units can be stacked for floor-to-ceiling storage. You can get cabinets for free or a pittance from remodeling contractors or builders outlets such as a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.
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.
In these garage storage cabinets, you can select the material to be used according to the usage of the unit. For heavy things, a tough particle board is required. You can also select the final finish, color and texture that go well with your garage`s paint and other accessories. The companies which provide services for custom garage cabinets provide free C.A.D. designing and estimate service, as well. Thus you can get things done within your budget and according to your requirement. Even after installation, maintenance service is provided and most of these are covered by a few years of warranty.
Once you decide to move ahead with improving your garage storage, the first plan of action is to decide what items you are going to want to store. The easiest way is to group like items together and determine how many garage cabinets you are going to need to store the materials. Too often people will throw up garage cabinets or shelves and then start to stuff them full of things only to realize at the end they either have way too much space left over or they did not create enough space for all of the stuff they had.
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.
Whether you go with ready-made, custom, or recycled cabinets, you will need some basic skills and tools to safely attach wall cabinets. Be sure to use screws, not nails, and that the screws are long enough to penetrate the studs at least 1-1/2 inches. Consider the most practical height for your cabinets, so things can be reached easily. Whether you do the work yourself or hire it done, you will be proud to have a place for everything and everything in its place when you have got your new garage cabinets.
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