Myrtle Wallace November 30, 2019 Garage Cabinet
Once you decide to move ahead with improving your garage storage, the first plan of action is to decide what items you are going to want to store. The easiest way is to group like items together and determine how many garage cabinets you are going to need to store the materials. Too often people will throw up garage cabinets or shelves and then start to stuff them full of things only to realize at the end they either have way too much space left over or they did not create enough space for all of the stuff they had.
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 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.
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?
Another thing to factor in your decision is if the units are able to be wall mounted or if they will have to sit on the floor. If they do need to stay on the floor, do the garage cabinets come with legs or rollers for ease of moving or do they sit flat on the floor with nothing underneath? The use of garage cabinets is one of many great ways to an organized garage. garage cabinets come in so many shapes and sizes that you will almost certainly find one or a combination of a few that will meet your storage needs. You can store anything you can think of in these units as long as the items will physically fit 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."
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