As with any remodel or update to the home, the first step in installing new cabinets in the garage should be planning. You should have a solid plan for what you plan to store, how, and where in the garage. Knowing the specifics of what you want to accomplish will inevitably help you make the best choices when you are at the store ready to purchase items. Once you know what you’re going to do with the cabinets, it’s a good idea to take measurements so that when you go to the store to buy them, you know exactly what you need.
Once you have an idea of what you’re going to accomplish with your new garage cabinets. you should determine whether you need a new cabinet system or if reusing old cabinets will do. For example, some people use old kitchen cabinets in place of new garage cabinets and instead invest in new cabinets for the kitchen. When deciding whether or not this may be a viable option for you, it’s important consider what type of environment you have in your garage. Wood cabinets may not withstand a lot of chemicals or exhaust, for example.
If you are going to buy new cabinets for the garage, it is important to know about the different types of cabinets available for the garage. Garage cabinets come in a variety of materials, including:
• Wood Based
Metal garage cabinets are made of either aluminum or steel. Some varieties are made of stainless steel. Metal cabinets are ideal for garages that will experience a lot of wear and tear since they are rigid and strong. Because metal cabinets can be painted, they offer a wide range of color and styling options. Metal is, however, the most expensive option when it comes to cabinetry for the garage.
Resin, or plastic, cabinets are ideal for the garage because the material is resistant to many of the environmental challenges associated with a garage, such as harsh chemicals, exhaust, and temperature changes. Plastic is also very easy to clean and is considered very affordable, making it an attractive option for most garages.
Finally, wood based cabinets, which are constructed of engineered wood (particle board, medium density fiberboard, and plywood) are another option for the garage. Typically these cabinets are made from an engineered wood core and also have an outer mask made of laminate or melamine material. Wood cabinets are not 100% ideal for the garage, since their weight can sometimes make them difficult to mount on walls. Wood cabinets are also vulnerable to moisture damage, so if the garage is located in a climate where there will be a lot of moisture present in the garage, this could be a problem.
Regardless of material, most garage cabinets come with a variety of features, such as:
• Wheels for mobility
• Construction for placement in a corner
• Construction for off-the-floor cabinets
• Cabinets that are suitable for being installed into a wall
Cabinet combination kits and modular cabinets are also very popular, as they give the ability to combine various different types of cabinets in one cohesive look.