The garage one of the spaces in the home that garage that gives homeowners the most trouble. Traditionally used as a place to park a car, garages are now used for many other things including workspaces, play spaces, relaxation spaces, and storage spaces. In many homes, the garage is a catchall for items that either need to be stored outside of the house or happen to take up too much room within the house. As a result, garages are often very disorganized.
However, garages are not hopeless. Installing a garage storage system can greatly enhance the usability of the space and therefore creates a happy homeowner within it. Cabinetry and shelves are a great way to achieve this.
Garage cabinetry essentially refers to shelving that is contained within a closed element. Garage shelving, on the other hand, refers to shelves that are open. The contents on shelves can be viewed simply by looking, whereas a cabinet needs to be opened in order for its contents to be viewed. Both cabinetry and shelving can be extremely useful in the garage, and each serves its own function. Many very organized garages utilize both shelves and cabinets to achieve an overall organized space.
Both garage cabinets and garage shelving are made out of a few different materials. Heavy duty plastic, for example, is fairly inexpensive, weather-resistant, and easy to maintain. Wood or pressboard create an appearance that some consider to be more cohesive and homelike, and metal or steel cabinets and shelves tend to appear more industrial. The most durable of these options is metal, and therefore, metal is also the most expensive of these options.
If one’s vision for the appearance of the garage may include them, recycled kitchen cabinets can be a cost-effective option. Some homeowners who are remodeling their kitchens choose to save their old cabinets and install them in the garage for enhanced storage. Alternatively, some homeowners who seek the look or cost effectiveness of recycled kitchen cabinets for the garage will reach out to a local kitchen contractor who can source recycled kitchen cabinets for a low price point.
When considering which type of cabinets to use, it’s important to review what features you will need for your specific garage space. For example, if you work with a lot of hazardous chemicals and need cabinets that can lock so as to keep those chemicals out of the reach of children, recycled kitchen cabinets may not do the trick. Many cabinets made specifically for the garage take into account the types of items that are stored in the garage. Therefore, a workbench may include a small drawer for items such as nails or screws, and a cabinet may have a place for a lock for hazardous materials.
As with any part of the home, when implementing a new design in the garage, it’s particularly important to consider your family and how you use your space. There are storage solutions to fit almost any lifestyle or set of habits, and it is most important that whatever you install works for you.