Caroline W. Campbell November 30, 2019 Garage Cabinet
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.
"Attractiveness, quality and style" means that the cabinets are made from good materials and are well-designed. Shoddy, particle-board cabinets, flimsy doors, poor paint finishes or cabinets with dings or scratches are to be avoided. While your cabinets do not need to look like they are in a showroom -- this is a garage after all! -- they do need to convey strength, functionality and a certain self-confidence about how they look. Coordinated color schemes are a must. Good finishes are expected. And strong materials will only add to the value.
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.
If the garage owner is accustomed to using the garage as workshop, and needs to store relevant equipment, then garage cabinets made from metal are the right choice, even if they cost a few dollars more. If, however, the cupboard is to be used to store lighter things like some equipment for car, or other outdoor gear, then plywood cupboards make more sense. In so far as choice between wooden and plywood is concerned, it is always better to opt for plywood. These serve the storage purpose, and can withstand rougher handling than some of the wood varieties.
Recycled Garage Cabinets. A great way to set up with cabinets is to recycle kitchen cabinets, especially older ones which are made well. This method has many advantages, especially in cost and in not dumping perfectly usable cabinetry in a landfill. Cabinet doors can be painted or even removed for open shelving. Wall units can be stacked for floor-to-ceiling storage. You can get cabinets for free or a pittance from remodeling contractors or builders outlets such as a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store.
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.