Jane Lawson November 15, 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.
However cabinets do not have to cost a fortune and can easily be installed yourself with a few simple tools. Garage cabinets are modular, meaning you can pick and choose from a number of sizes (modules) to suit your needs or to fit around existing obstructions such as hot water heaters, switches or doors. We will look at a few different cabinet styles and discuss the advantages of each type.
If the garage owner is accustomed to using the garage as workshop, and needs to store relevant equipment, then garage cabinets made from metal are the right choice, even if they cost a few dollars more. If, however, the cupboard is to be used to store lighter things like some equipment for car, or other outdoor gear, then plywood cupboards make more sense. In so far as choice between wooden and plywood is concerned, it is always better to opt for plywood. These serve the storage purpose, and can withstand rougher handling than some of the wood varieties.
You can mount garage cabinet on the wall or it can sit on the floor. The wall mounting is probably what you would prefer. It is up off the floor giving you more space. Setting cabinets on the floor exposes them to moisture. This is a real problem if your cabinets are made from wood. Wall mount cabinets also keep the contents of the unit out of reach to most little critters like mice.
A garage is not a aesthetically pleasing place to the human eye. Not that is meant to be that anyway. It is just a garage you know. But, having said that, you do not want your garage to look like world war 4 just took place. You do not want to be savaging around in there to find something that is needed right away. You could even hurt yourself wading through the never ending piles of who knows what that has been put in there.
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.
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