Dominique Crouch November 25, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Cabinets are made of different materials like wood, metal and plastic. The material that you select for your cabinets depends on what you intend to use them for and the moisture conditions inside your garage in different seasons. If you go for wood, there is a choice among particleboard, MDF and plywood. Plywood is the most moisture resistant but for a smoother finish; you require putting laminates on them. MDF is the best choice if there is temporary moisture problem in your garage. If you are going for custom garage cabinets, you can mix and match the material according to their use and finalize the look which suits your garage, the best.
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.
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.
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?
Metal cabinets can be found in almost every mechanic shop, race car garage, and car enthusiast`s home. They are strong, durable, beautiful and expensive. Metal garage cabinets can be constructed from various metals including aluminum, steel or stainless steel, and can come painted, unpainted, powder coated or polished. The main advantage of utilizing metal cabinets is strength and durability. Metal cabinets can come free standing, rolling or can be mounted to walls like the other styles. However metal garage cabinets have much greater load carrying capacities that can exceed 1000 lbs per cabinet.
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.