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.
Here is a look at the advantages of going with such cabinets: 1. Price - the price is going to be much lower if you choose a plastic cabinet compared to metal cabinets. 2. Cleaning - plastic cabinets are very easy to wipe off and clean if items get spilled inside 3. Moisture - going with a plastic cabinet avoids any issues with moisture that other materials will encounter problems with. 4. Safety - unlike with steel cabinets, plastic cabinets lack the sharp edges or rougher textures associated with steel cabinets, making it safer for you and your family.
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.
Remember the last time you walked though a house as a potential buyer? Imagine opening the door from the house to the garage and finding clean and generous garage cabinets. In different sizes. Some with doors, some open shelving. And everything stored away, neatly. Nice, eh? Now imagine opening the same door into the garage and seeing storage solutions composed of boxes stacked on top of other boxes, tools leaning against the wall and piles of sports equipment, off-season clothing and other "stuff" just strewn around. Clearly the first picture is more attractive. But, as you think about buying the house, how much more would you pay for the first house, the one with the well-organized garage space?
A more common garage cabinet material is of course wood. Wooden cabinets are available in many styles and can be a great place to start for an inexpensive solution to garage storage. Wood cabinets can be constructed out of a variety of materials such as hardwood, plywood, particle board and MDF. They can come finished, unfinished or laminated with a variety of materials such as Formica or PVC. The shelving and frame construction and connection methods vary from simple nailed or screwed designs, to cam lock systems or dovetail joinery. It is important to choose a construction method appropriate to the cabinets intended use.
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.
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