Choosing the right garage storage cabinet
Garages are the place where we are most likely to store things, and as a result they can become very cluttered. One of the easiest ways to keep a garage tidy is to use storage cabinets. Everything can be put away neatly, you can find things instantly and your garage will look smarter and be easier to keep clean. But there are so many different types of garage storage cabinets around – which is the best option for you? Here are some points to consider.
What should your garage storage cabinet be made of?
Storage cabinets come in all sorts of materials, from metal and wood to rubber, plastic and resin. They all have their advantages and disadvantages, but our recommendation would be for moulded plastic. It’s hard wearing and durable, unlike metal, which can rust and is easily dented. Plastic is easy to keep clean – simply wipe over with a damp cloth. It won’t “sweat” and is water resistant so your possessions will be safe from the elements. And if it does get damaged you can usually just replace one panel rather than the entire cabinet.
How should you position your garage storage cabinets?
Floor standing or wall mounted, that is the question. Our advice would always be for wall mounted cabinets. Not only are they safer – far less chance that a heavy cabinet will topple on to you when it’s secured to the wall – they give you back valuable floor space.
Is security important to you?
Accidents happen all too often in the garage, so bear safety in mind when choosing your storage cabinet. Garages are used to store all kinds of dangerous items, from tools to poisons. Having a storage cabinet that you can lock gives you peace of mind that those dangerous things are out of the reach of the most vulnerable members of your family.
How can you organise your garage storage cabinet?
Perhaps the most important question to ask is how you’re going to use your storage cabinets. It’s also the most difficult question, because we often change the way we use our garages, depending on our circumstances. Look for storage cabinets that have flexible organisational accessories, for example bins that slot onto the inside of the doors, tool racks and modular shelves that you can position wherever you need them.
Our modular garage organisation system includes a range of different sized resin storage cabinets that can be mounted to the wall. We can also supply accessories to help you store your possessions safely and securely. You can see some of our storage cabinets at oldwp.garageflex.co.uk/garage-storage/cabinets or give us a call on 01491 636080 to find out more.
We recently sent out a follow up to customers whose garages we fitted about 6 months ago. We didn’t ask for feedback but some of the comments that we received make interesting reading.It’s lovely. Have had lots of comment from neighbours walking by, who think it looks more like a showroom than a garage. Steve Gill from Devizes
Thank you – all is well. I love the cupboards and the tidyness that they engender. Lynn Taylor from Salisbury
All good thanks. Stephen Ross from Sunningdle
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Recommendations for a work station in the garage
While many men still retire to their garden shed to escape the family and get on with their hobbies, more and more people are using the garage as a workshop. After all, it’s usually well lit, undercover and warmer than a shed. However, most garages are used as storage spaces for all those things we can’t fit into our houses, so how are you going to fit a work station in the garage amongst all the boxes and bikes and basketballs?
The beauty of many work stations is they are portable, so you can move them where you need them. They quite often come with built in storage cabinets or shelves, which can be very useful. If you have the space in your garage you could use a traditional work station on wheels, but most people find they just take up too much floor space.
Nowadays there are a vast range of benches coming in all shapes, sizes and prices: make sure you decide the use and life of any bench before you buy. If you are keeping a car in the garage then space is the first consideration because there is nothing worse than having to take the car out of the garage to use the bench.
The answer could be to choose a wall-mounted or folding work station in the garage that takes up minimal floor space. Which one you choose is dependent on what you aim to use the work station for, and how often you use it.
If you need a work station for heavy duty work such as mechanics or carpentry then, provided space permits a free standing workbench in the garage would be ideal. It can be firmly affixed to the floor to take the weight and you can store things in the area beneath it when you’re not using it. You can even affix storage baskets and racking to the wall above the work station to create more storage options.
The alternative is a folding work station or “hobby table”. While not as strong or robust as the wall mounted or traditional work stations, these folding benches are suitable for hobbies such as painting and model making, and can be folded away and fixed securely to the wall when not in use. If you’re looking for a work station for occasional use but don’t want to sacrifice garage space this would be the ideal solution.