Melanie Hopkins November 9, 2019 Garage Cabinet
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.
With so many options ranging from simple plastic storage cabinets to strong and durable metal cabinets, outfitting a garage with storage cabinets can be achieved within any budget. Adding garage storage cabinets to your garage will not only add storage space for tools and paint cans but also allow you to store items from within your house that have been cluttering up your closets and shelves. With a few simple tools and an afternoon or two you can transform your garage into a neat and organized space.
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.
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.
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.
It is critical to get the planning part done first, because it will greatly impact the price you pay for garage cabinets. Research shows that almost one half of your budget for cabinets will go toward the larger cabinets, so you want to make sure you have a well thought out plan so all of your large items will fit in the cabinets that you buy and also that the larger items are worth storing. Not every large item needs to be put in a cabinet, some items might be able to be placed closer to the ceiling if you get an overhead storage unit.