Dorothy Hendrick November 22, 2019 Garage Cabinet
These garage storage ideas are designed mainly for the storage of tools in your garage which include tool cabinets and workspaces with storage in the form of workbenches with storage cabinets. These days you have an array of products for your garage storage systems from "do it yourself" to "mix and match" and a wide array of preassembled garage cabinets in different materials like wood, plastic or heavy duty metal.
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.
There is a huge variety of garage cabinets to choose from. Some can even be locked and are relatively secure. Stash your roller blades or your snow shovels away safely. Keep the kids toys off the floor. If you want a garage cabinet as a mini work station, then you can purchase the rolling ones for easy working with storage below. Sturdy industrial grade materials are used lately to enable the increasing weight capacity of garage storage cabinets and shelves for heavy, bulky items like fertilizer bags and power tools. These garage cabinets can be wall mounted in case space is an issue. Open and closed cabinets with solid backs are available wherein the structure itself is an integral part of the design. The sleek cabinets come in steel, aluminum, diamond plate, and wood finishes with a variety of high grade hardware features. Some cabinets are also made of plastic, although these tend to break down pretty rapidly and need replacement. The cabinets not only look good but score high on strength, durability and functionality.
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.
"Attractiveness, quality and style" means that the cabinets are made from good materials and are well-designed. Shoddy, particle-board cabinets, flimsy doors, poor paint finishes or cabinets with dings or scratches are to be avoided. While your cabinets do not need to look like they are in a showroom -- this is a garage after all! -- they do need to convey strength, functionality and a certain self-confidence about how they look. Coordinated color schemes are a must. Good finishes are expected. And strong materials will only add to the value.
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.