The organizational possibilities in having a garage storage cabinet is only as good as your commitment to keeping your garage organized. There is an old saying, "A place for everything, and everything in its place," many people use to accomplish this. A wall unit may be recommended for items that can be damaged if they get wet, such as paper towels, electric tools or even canned food items. Floor units are great for using as a garage storage cabinets if you do not have to worry about water getting in and damaging them, or they can be raised off the floor to keep them dry. For simple storage of automotive-related items, such as cans of oil, cleaners and car wash supplies, a shelf may do, but they can look unorganized.
Getting your hands on a used kitchen cabinet set can be ideal to use as a garage storage cabinet, giving you storage space in the cabinets as well as a work surface from the old countertop. If you plan to use the countertop for a working surface such as woodworking, you may want to add a harder surface like plywood or a layer of heavier boards. Either one can easily be attached to the existing surface with glue, nails or screws to keep if from moving while you work. Using Pegboard Keeps Inside Organized Depending on the depth of garage storage cabinets, which are wall-mounted, one idea is lining the back with pegboard. This gives you a place to hang hand tools and other items inside garage storage cabinets making them easy to locate when you need them.
It also allows the bottom shelf of the cabinet to be used for larger items. Make sure you keep like items together in any garage storage cabinet for easier locating and to prevent cross-contamination. This is especially important if you plan to keep caned food items in a garage storage cabinet. You won't want your canned peaches next your motor oil. Canned goods, however may be a problem if your garage is subject to extreme cold as they may freeze.
You can also custom build your own garage storage cabinet, usually made of waterproof plywood and painted, and having shelves or a workspace to suit your particular needs. Knowing something about carpentry can be a plus for this project, as making a garage storage cabinet durable will give you the space you need that will last.
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