Melanie Hopkins November 13, 2019 Garage Cabinet
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?
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.
The only disadvantage of the ready made garage cabinet system is that it may not be useful in utilizing the space available in the most effective manner. Thus, the decision to buy a finished one or get one custom-made depends on the space in your garage, the time you want to spend on the project and the fact that these cabinets fulfill your specific need or not. Whatever you choose, one thing is for sure - cabinets make your garage look neat and tidy.
In these garage storage cabinets, you can select the material to be used according to the usage of the unit. For heavy things, a tough particle board is required. You can also select the final finish, color and texture that go well with your garage`s paint and other accessories. The companies which provide services for custom garage cabinets provide free C.A.D. designing and estimate service, as well. Thus you can get things done within your budget and according to your requirement. Even after installation, maintenance service is provided and most of these are covered by a few years of warranty.
The ceiling of your garage can be turned into a good garage storage option as well. These can hold your summer garden tools or stuff which are not safe to be in the reach of kids. The shelves and racks can be used for more frequently used items like wires, bulbs, tapes etc. The racks are usually useful for longer tools or things like shovels and rakes. These again are easy to put up and extremely useful and also cost effective and scores on the utility aspect too. A line of metal hooks in different sizes can also be used for hanging various tools.
Broadly, they can be classified as metal, wooden, and plywood cabinets. But deciding which of these is most suitable for a garage requires deeper consideration. Metal cabinets score over wooden and plywood cabinets, in terms of durability. This is the reason metal cabinets are more expensive when compared to the other two types of cabinets. But durability may not always be essential for storing the objects that normally end up in garages.