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Home Improvement  /  June 18, 2021

Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying Garage Cabinets

Cabinets can help declutter your garage and improve its functionality. Their purpose isn’t dissimilar to kitchen cabinets, but they have enough differences to merit some planning on your part, including asking yourself the following questions. 

What are you going to store in your cabinets: You will want to make an inventory of the items in your garage, perhaps even do some decluttering while you’re at it. Then, consider the things you have left. Sharp tools and heavy power tools will need a secure space that can’t be accessed by kids. If you keep chemicals and hazardous materials, they’ll need their own secure space, too. Item size and weight are also important factors. Long tools and equipment like ladders will require appropriately sized cabinets while heavy equipment will require strong shelves.

Custom-fit or modular: You can have your garage cabinets custom-built like kitchen cabinets or buy pre-made modular units that can be mixed and matched. Each has its own set of pros and cons: custom cabinets are great if you have a specific design in mind or if you have oversized equipment that needs storage space to match. Modular cabinets, on the other hand, can be combined from multiple standalone units. You can choose to install a few modular cabinets at first then add a few more over time when your storage needs change.

Powder-coated or painted: The insides of a garage isn’t the same as your indoor living spaces. Anything you put in the garage will be subject to conditions like heat, cold and outdoor humidity levels. This is why most garage cabinets are made of steel; however, not all steel used for building these cabinets are the same. Recycled steel may be cheaper, but it’s more vulnerable to rust, and it’s not as durable. Look for powder-coated cabinets instead of spray-painted ones. Powder coating is applied on cabinet doors as a dry powder and then baked on, which makes it more durable than painted cabinets.

Need help with building your garage cabinets? Call Handyman Connection® of Grapevine at (817) 527-3600. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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