Melanie Hopkins November 13, 2019 Garage Cabinet
A garage is not a aesthetically pleasing place to the human eye. Not that is meant to be that anyway. It is just a garage you know. But, having said that, you do not want your garage to look like world war 4 just took place. You do not want to be savaging around in there to find something that is needed right away. You could even hurt yourself wading through the never ending piles of who knows what that has been put in there.
So do not think of your installation of garage cabinets as an expense. Think of it as an investment. The estimates that a good garage space can add $5,000 to $10,000 onto the resale value of the house. Not only will you be able to enjoy using your garage more, but you will be able to recoup most or all of the money spent on the garage storage solutions. And do not forget to USE the cabinets to "de-clutter" the garage and the house when it comes time to sell your home. As your listing agent will point out, "If a buyer sees your stuff scattered around, they will assume the house is not large enough to hold the buyer`s stuff either."
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!
Real estate professionals point out that well-designed garage cabinets add to a home`s value in two ways. First, like all "improvements," they are inherently valuable to a buyer -- if the buyer can use them. And who ca not use storage solutions? Perhaps more important, it helps "de-clutter" the garage itself while helping to hide items that would otherwise clutter the house -- the kitchen, the utility room, the bathroom or closets generally. Crowded storage inside a house is a serious negative to potential buyers, so having storage, even in the garage, is a huge plus.
Consider floor space. Is your garage big enough to hold both your car and still leave room for a cabinet? This will tell you what type of garage cabinet plans you should be getting. There are certain types of garage cabinet plans which require you to build the cabinets directly into the walls and there are those garage cabinet plans which require you to build the cabinets separately and then have them installed in the garage. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to each type so the easiest way you can decide is by checking out if the garage cabinet plans are appropriate for your garage size.
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.