Dominique Crouch November 25, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Every homeowner can use a little extra storage space. With a large majority of garages in some form of disarray it is easy to expand your usable storage space by utilizing garage cabinets and getting your garage clutter under control. Garage storage cabinets provide a place to organize and hide your valuables while adding beauty and function to your home. But the idea of outfitting a garage with cabinetry can strike fear in a homeowner`s wallet.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.