Find the Right Garage Storage Cabinets – Some Guides and Tips (2)
As already outlined in the previous article, garage cabinets are particularly important and essential furniture which offers great help in preventing clutters.
We all know that a clutter, or even a chaos, in the garage is not only unpleasant, but it also can be potentially dangerous, especially if you have various tools, spare parts, tires, etc. scattered around. Organizing the space could be a daunting task since this place is frequently limited in space, which means you have to plan the design very cautiously.
In addition to that, it has been widely common that garage is a multi-functional area which combines the functions of a home office or a home gym with the storage functions and the car protection.
As to garage storage idea, garage cabinets can be one of myriad options available. They are available in different sizes, height, depth and colors, as well as materials.
How to choose the best material for your garage storage cabinets
Many people curious how to organize and make the best advantage of their garage space. There are several significant basic principles which can be the directions in the design of any garage storage system.
For example, garage shelving systems indeed always offer great help. They are stationary systems, installed on the walls and providing a lot of storage lot. Nevertheless, shelves are not an ideal storage solution for heavier and bulkier stuffs. Shelves are a superior DIY project but they do not offer much of a visual aesthetics compared to cabinets, since all the items are exposed. These shelves can be made from solid wood and chipboard or metal, sometimes plastic but which is the least favorite choice.
The following are some alternatives of garage storage cabinets based on their materials, as well as their advantages and drawbacks.
Plastic garage cabinets
Plastic garage cabinets are a great option more especially when you pursue such a cost effective storage and organization system. They are indeed affordable and can be installed quickly and easily, as well as nearly maintenance free for they do not get discolored. Plastic cabinets offer excellent benefits of being resistant to water and will not warp or buckle even in wet condition for a long period of time.
Plastic storage systems provide an expanded lifespan and outstanding durability. Unfortunately, they are not an appropriate choice if you are storing heavy items since this may cause the cabinets to buckle over time and even crack. Yet still, the market is flooded with low-priced options which may lead to many disappointment to their owners.
It is recommended that you opt for plastic storage systems from a reputable manufacturer or seller which will guarantee you with high quality material hence you do not have to throw everything to the trash in merely a year or two. When you need to renew all of your cabinets, the low-budget alternatives are not truly a comforting idea. Plastic cabinets in fact cost lower than wood and metal selections. The low cost makes plastic cabinets ideal only for a quick storage solution. However, when you are searching for high quality storage cabinets that will last a long time and can accommodate the weight of some very heavy equipment, it is better that you select other choices.
Metal garage cabinets
Metal cabinets are strong, durable and they are able to support a higher weight load. They have a much longer lifetime compared to other materials. It is unlikely to see metal warp or break. Modern cabinets are factory-made with galvanized coating or powder enamel which defends them from corrosion and grant them a respectable visual aspect with exceeding good aesthetics.
Most of storage systems are featured with individual locks, which will add to the safety and you allow you to keep sharp objects or chemicals away from the children. The cabinets come in a wide range of color choices where you are able to find something to suit your personal need and preference. As an example, garage cabinets on wheels are a keen choice that enables greater flexibility in which allows you to re-organize the layout to match the needs of the moment. Moreover, you may also combine wall mounted ones with several number of cabinets on wheels and make a dynamic mixture and original storage resolution.
It is quite effortless to do the maintenance of metal garage storage cabinets since they do not stain easily. For instance, you can wipe them with a damp cloth to get rid of dust and paint (or re-paint) them if needed.
Despite the many benefits and the modern sleek look, metal garage cabinets have some of their weaknesses. On the first place, they are more costly than wood and plastic alternatives. Secondly, their sharp edges and corners can be dangerous, particularly to little kids. Third, metal material can be beaten-up by water and moisture and is vulnerable to rust.
Wood garage cabinets
When it comes to selecting the material for your garage cabinets, wood is classic in nature and has proven its benefits. Wood storage solutions can be discovered in as many designs, sizes, color options and style similarly to kitchen cabinets designs. In addition, you can pick for a custom made storage system or decide to make your own one as a DIY project.
Wood storage cabinets indeed provide the benefit of being versatile and easy to install and use. You can install them nearly anyplace and in any way you desire to. They are long-lasting and fine looking as well, and are available in broad variety of colors, patterns wood grain finishes. What is more, you can re-finish or re-paint them and when you are on a budget, you are able to purchase a number of second hand cabinets and custom-make them to satisfy your individual taste and preferences by removing and applying a new coat of paint.
The main disadvantage of wood storage systems is that they are not resistant to moisture which also can be attributed to the fact of frequently poor garage insulation. Consequently, they would warp, bow and crack, as well as can be easily battered by water. You have to bear in mind that wood needs regular maintenance.