Caroline W. Campbell November 30, 2019 Garage Cabinet
The hard plastic garage cabinets are very easy to mount and install, very durable and easily fit into any budget. The pegboard cabinets can be a home to smaller items, and steel cabinets let you store all the heavy stuff. The choice of the material and their colour can also add a little elegance to your garage. Watch out for jealous neighbours. The pegboard cabinets can also hold hooks inside their doors for the tools that get used frequently. This saves you from hassle of searching for them when you just want to get the job done!
It is critical to get the planning part done first, because it will greatly impact the price you pay for garage cabinets. Research shows that almost one half of your budget for cabinets will go toward the larger cabinets, so you want to make sure you have a well thought out plan so all of your large items will fit in the cabinets that you buy and also that the larger items are worth storing. Not every large item needs to be put in a cabinet, some items might be able to be placed closer to the ceiling if you get an overhead storage unit.
You can get garage cabinets that look really nice or ones that look just okay. If you really care about the looks of your garage go for the nice looking cabinets. You will pay more for the looks. There are cabinets that are made of plastic and units that are made of wood. Plastic does not need to be painted. Wood may look nicer but will require more up keep.
Whether you go with ready-made, custom, or recycled cabinets, you will need some basic skills and tools to safely attach wall cabinets. Be sure to use screws, not nails, and that the screws are long enough to penetrate the studs at least 1-1/2 inches. Consider the most practical height for your cabinets, so things can be reached easily. Whether you do the work yourself or hire it done, you will be proud to have a place for everything and everything in its place when you have got your new garage cabinets.
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 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.