Melanie Hopkins November 13, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Why do you need cabinets for the garage? The Garage is a usually a damp and dark place. Well installed garage storage cabinets prevent various equipment and machines from getting damaged from moisture, pests and other destructive forces. Garage cabinets are a proper and systemized place for the storage of your important tools, which once installed enable you to save time and effort by giving each article its designated place. You have the flexibility to compartmentalize the cabinets into big and small drawers according to your needs. Wrenches, screwdrivers or paint brushes can be stored in smaller drawers instead of the big sized drawers so they do not get lost hidden between many other tools. They all look pretty much the same when they are in a pile!
If the cabinets are to carry heavy loads be sure to utilize dovetail joinery as it is the strongest way to construct wood cabinets. Cam lock systems can be used for medium duty storage, with simple nailed or screwed designs left for only light duty storage. Wood cabinets can also come as free standing, rolling or hanging. When hanging cabinets on a wall, again be sure to utilize a hanging method appropriate for its intended use. For heavy duty cabinets the hanging method should be capable of supporting at least 250-300 lbs. Check with the manufacturer to insure their hanging system meets your needs. Prices vary for wood cabinets based on size and all the above design criteria but can be very affordable.
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.
"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.
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.
The hard plastic garage cabinets are very easy to mount and install, very durable and easily fit into any budget. The pegboard cabinets can be a home to smaller items, and steel cabinets let you store all the heavy stuff. The choice of the material and their colour can also add a little elegance to your garage. Watch out for jealous neighbours. The pegboard cabinets can also hold hooks inside their doors for the tools that get used frequently. This saves you from hassle of searching for them when you just want to get the job done!