Melanie Hopkins November 17, 2019 Garage Cabinet
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.
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.
"Attractiveness, quality and style" means that the cabinets are made from good materials and are well-designed. Shoddy, particle-board cabinets, flimsy doors, poor paint finishes or cabinets with dings or scratches are to be avoided. While your cabinets do not need to look like they are in a showroom -- this is a garage after all! -- they do need to convey strength, functionality and a certain self-confidence about how they look. Coordinated color schemes are a must. Good finishes are expected. And strong materials will only add to the value.
On the flip side, there are several disadvantages to owning plastic garage containers that may make you want to consider some other alternatives: 1. Weight Load - plastic cabinets are not going to be able to carry as much weight as steel cabinets do. Overtime, if you load down the cabinets with heavy items, the plastic shelves will become warped. 2. Doors - as time goes on, plastic cabinets with locks or latches become harder to close and eventually will warp. One of the benefits of going with garage cabinets over garage shelves is the ability to lock up things out of reach from the children. If a latch or lock is going to stop working over time, you lose out on one of the key benefits of the storage. 3. Durability - over time, plastic can become broken or damaged. There is a chance after several years you may be looking to replace them if you do not treat them properly when taking items out or putting things away. 4. Stains - while plastic shelves are easy to clean, if there is a chemical spill, depending on the type of liquid, it can stain the cabinets, thus ruining the color and the appearance.
The garage is often one of most neglected spaces of our home. The garage space is occupied with a wide variety of smaller tools like wrenches, spanners, jacks as well as larger equipment such as lawn mowers, weed eaters, leaf blowers, and snow blowers. Of course we also tend to store the not-so fragrant fertilizers and pesticides out there as well.
It is a good idea to make sure to get the cabinets which are strong and reliable enough to store the equipment and household stuff your family needs to keep in the garage. You should always consider installing cabinets with shelves that are capable of storing heavy items as well as the small stuff, even though you might not have anything that heavy at the moment, it is a good bet you will soon. Properly installing the right garage cabinets for you and your family is as convenient as keeping your kitchen organized with the use of kitchen cabinets. With everything neat, tidy and in order, it also enables you to park your car inside, comfortably for a change. Staying dry and warm in cold and wet weather is its own reward!