Dominique Crouch December 3, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Whether you go with ready-made, custom, or recycled cabinets, you will need some basic skills and tools to safely attach wall cabinets. Be sure to use screws, not nails, and that the screws are long enough to penetrate the studs at least 1-1/2 inches. Consider the most practical height for your cabinets, so things can be reached easily. Whether you do the work yourself or hire it done, you will be proud to have a place for everything and everything in its place when you have got your new garage cabinets.
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.
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.
Cabinets are made of different materials like wood, metal and plastic. The material that you select for your cabinets depends on what you intend to use them for and the moisture conditions inside your garage in different seasons. If you go for wood, there is a choice among particleboard, MDF and plywood. Plywood is the most moisture resistant but for a smoother finish; you require putting laminates on them. MDF is the best choice if there is temporary moisture problem in your garage. If you are going for custom garage cabinets, you can mix and match the material according to their use and finalize the look which suits your garage, the best.
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.
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.