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Garage Storage Cabinets

With the recent interest in remodeling garages, manufacturers are making lines of storage cabinets intended just for the garage. Open metal shelving is no longer an acceptable choice for high end houses whose owners use the garage as their primary entrance to their homes. Cabinets with doors can conceal the unsightly appearance of lawn equipment, car maintenance products, and sporting goods acquired by the average home owner. Garage cabinets need to be weather resistant and durable, able to withstand moisture and temperature extremes without warping or cracking. They should be able to handle the occasional bump or scrape without chipping or denting. These cabinets are made by specialty manufacturers; some may only be available by ordering from catalogs or online.

If you are thinking of buying garage storage cabinets, consider the following:

  • Cabinets made from plastic are the most readily available and the least expensive. They usually come with adjustable metal shelving, and some have doors that lock. They are completely waterproof, but they are not the best choice for the coldest areas of the country, as they can crack in extremely cold weather. They may also begin to sag if it gets very hot. Since they are not the most attractive choice of cabinetry, they would probably not be acceptable in very high end houses.
  • Some manufacturers offer cabinets made from melamine that are sturdy and easy to clean, but these are not the best choice for an unheated location. Melamine cabinets with MDF doors and drawers are more durable. Cabinets made with MDF and plywood are even better. These cabinet lines often feature adjustable plastic legs and sleek European style hardware. They come in a variety of finishes and can be stacked in a wide range of configurations. Their chief drawback is that they are not waterproof.
  • Steel cabinets are the most expensive and most durable garage storage cabinets. They usually come with full extension drawer slides and adjustable shelves, and they are mounted on casters. The very best brands are made from hammered, heavy gauge, galvanized steel and have powder coated exterior finishes.

Hang garage cabinets several inches above the floor, so that it is easier to sweep or hose down the garage floor when cleaning, and the contents will be protected from flooding.

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