Melanie Hopkins November 17, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Garage cabinets are the perfect solution for storing and organizing tools, garden supplies, and sports equipment. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find the things you need in the random piles that are all too often found in the average garage. With adequate storage in garage cabinets, you can even park your car in the garage with room to spare.
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.
A very inexpensive type of garage cabinet commonly used is plastic resin. Plastics are extremely durable, stain and chemical resistant, waterproof and do not rust. Common plastics used are High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). Though plastic cabinets are the most affordable they provide the least number of options in terms of design and style. They come free standing, rolling or can hang on bare walls or slat wall systems. Load capacities vary but plastic garage cabinets should be utilized for light duty storage only.
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.
First, plan for cabinets. If your garage is also a workshop, you will want cabinets that work with and around your tools, supplies and workbenches. If you and your family have a lot of sports equipment, you will need to plan on the best way to store those, as well. Gardeners will need shelves for storing seed, fertilizers, pots, and stakes. It pays to take some time to think about the dimension and total amount of cabinet storage you need to get things up off the floor and out of dark corners.
Why do you need cabinets for the garage? The Garage is a usually a damp and dark place. Well installed garage storage cabinets prevent various equipment and machines from getting damaged from moisture, pests and other destructive forces. Garage cabinets are a proper and systemized place for the storage of your important tools, which once installed enable you to save time and effort by giving each article its designated place. You have the flexibility to compartmentalize the cabinets into big and small drawers according to your needs. Wrenches, screwdrivers or paint brushes can be stored in smaller drawers instead of the big sized drawers so they do not get lost hidden between many other tools. They all look pretty much the same when they are in a pile!