Two things that most garages lack is a satisfying level of organization and visual appeal.
A few hooks on the walls and some DIY shelving don’t exactly maximize a garage’s storage capability. They also don’t provide one of the undervalued functions of any worthwhile storage system – looks that add to a room’s aesthetics.
Garage storage cabinets can upgrade the functionality and visual presentation of this hardworking home space.
Here are several ways your garage can benefit from what a cabinet system offers, as well as what to look for when buying garage cabinets.
Types of garage storage cabinets
Not all garage cabinet brands and types are created equal. That’s why it’s worth doing a little homework so you make a buying decision you’re happy with long after your cabinets are installed.
Garage cabinet systems come in modular, custom-fit, and semi-custom types. Here’s what those terms mean:
- Modular cabinets (the type sold in big-box stores) are mass-produced and have a pre-determined design. The individual cabinet sections are mixed and matched to create a system that assembles relatively easily.
- Custom-fit cabinets are built to order and are a more personalized cabinet solution. Things like cabinet colors and sizes are customizable and more add-on features are available. Professional installation is typically required.
- Semi-custom cabinets are a hybrid of modular and custom cabinets. Consumers have more design flexibility than what modular cabinets offer, while having more limitations than what is available with a fully custom-fit design.
3 essentials for your garage storage cabinets
You can go big or go small with the design of a garage cabinet system, depending on your budget, available space, and how the cabinets will be used.
Pay close attention to a few key details about the garage storage cabinets you purchase:
- Construction materials: look for cabinets with high-quality raw materials that are made in North America. Many types of cheap steel manufactured overseas are heavily recycled and rust quickly.
- Metal thickness: steel or aluminum cabinets with flimsy shells aren’t built to last in most garage environments. Remember that the lower the number of a steel gauge, the thicker the sheet metal is.
- Build quality/craftsmanship: prioritize buying cabinets with a high quality of craftsmanship. Cabinets with issues like doors and drawers that don’t open and close smoothly or that are poorly welded are cheap for a reason!
With the basics of cabinets explained, now it’s time to look closer at how they can improve a garage.
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