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How to Choose Garage Cabinets That Last!

Posted by Mary Johnson on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 @ 02:08 PM

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If the thought of organizing your garage is overwhelming because of all the clutter, lawn equipment and sports gear littering up the place, it’s time to consider some storage solutions that will help you reclaim the space. There are countless options at every price range on the market, but not all systems are suitable for every need or environment. Therefore, it’s important to consider the functionality of different solutions, their intended purpose in your household, and the variety of goods you’ll be storing.

Here are some tips to make sure you find the right fit when it comes to choosing garage cabinets that last:  

  • Start by planning accordingly. You can’t head to the store or consult with an expert without knowing the existing layout as well as envisioning the end result. This means accurately measuring the entire space, including the garage floor, walls, and ceiling space. You’ll also need to account for the garage door, attic access and any other overhead obstacles. Of course, it’s necessary to measure the door swing of your vehicles to ensure you have plenty of space to get in and out of the car.
  • Consider the environment and purpose when choosing garage cabinets. Depending on your climate, the weather can be a factor on the materials and hardware. In contrast to cabinetry that’s located inside the house, you could be causing wear and tear every time you open the garage door. Wood exposed to extreme temperatures experiences significant compression and expansion, so it may not be suitable in cold climates. Plastic is an excellent choice for durability and wear, and it's quite reasonably priced. Metal, such as aluminum or steel, is another popular choice due to its strength. However, this material can corrode and is more expensive than wood or plastic.
  • Think about the features and extras that you might want when choosing garage cabinets. There is an endless array of perks that you should consider, depending on what you’ll be storing and how you’ll be using the space. Owners of power tools might want to install doors and drawers with locks as a safety precaution rather than have this type of equipment sitting on shelves. A slat wall is an excellent feature if you have rakes, shovels and other lawn gear to store, as you can hang them to take advantage of vertical space.

Base cabinets on wheels can be really handy for do-it-yourselfers who need to carry their tools along with them to other parts of the garage. Also, the corners of the garage are often unusable, as other storage solutions don't fit or can't be properly configured. A properly shaped storage cabinet can give new life to this dead space.

  • If going with used cabinetry, be cautious of quality and limitations. You might have found a great deal for used cabinetry online, but you need to inquire as to its previous use and how it was removed. There can be damage to the cabinets if prior owners weren't diligent in their demolition efforts.  There are even limitations if you’re re-purposing your own kitchen cabinets after a remodel, as some interior construction is simply not suitable for the garage environment. Load capacity for cabinets used inside the house is often quite different from the items you'll be storing in the garage.
Choosing garage cabinets that last is not a difficult process, so long as you bear in mind the qualities of these structures, consider their intended use, and appreciate any limitations of the existing space. You can transform your garage into a storage powerhouse with a few tips from the experts.

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