Dorothy Hendrick November 22, 2019 Garage Cabinet
When you approach a carpenter or a company that provides custom garage cabinets, you have the basic idea about what all you want to store and in which part of the garage to do it. Rest of the designing is done by the professionals. They may include already existing shelves in the design; create a corner cabinet to utilize more space or combining it with hanging units and a working table top.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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.