You finally come to the realization that your garage is a mess and need to do something about it. Congratulations, acknowledging that you have a problem is always the first step. Now what? You decide that adding cabinets to the garage will provide much needed storage and allow you to put things away so that the entire neighborhood doesn't have to see all your stuff every time you open the garage door. Excellent. Step two: come up with a plan. Now what? Where do you go to get cabinets for the garage? How about going to you local home improvement store to see what they have? Good idea! However, when you get there you are overwhelmed by the choices; metal, wood, resin, etc. But then something hits you; if you buy these cabinets, you will have to put them together. And due to the fact you are handy-man-challenged, as you don't know the difference between an open ended wrench and a claw hammer, you decide to scratch this idea. Now what? Suddenly, a watermelon sized light bulb appears over your head and now everything becomes crystal clear.
A couple months ago you remembered that you remodeled your closet and had a professional closet organization company come in and install cabinets. Heck, why don't I just call them and have them install cabinets in my garage as well? A sense of calmness comes over you, as you believe this would be the perfect answer to your garage cabinet question...or do you? You go out to XYZ-closet-company.com to check it out. Perfect! As you review their website you even see pictures of their cabinets in the garage. Perfect, problem solved...or is it?
Garage organization is one of the fastest growing segments in the massive home improvement industry, accounting for multi billions every year. And the closet industry companies have been installing cabinets in the garage for over twenty years. They closet companies were really the first industry to start to focus on organizing the garage. So who better to help with my garage organization than the closet companies, right? I can answer that question with another question, would you order Mexican food at a Chinese restaurant? Of course not. Then why would you have a closet company install closet cabinets in your garage? The obvious answer is to hire a company that focuses on the garage and builds cabinets designed for the garage...a garage organization company.
So allow me to elaborate on the benefits and differences between closet cabinets installed in the garage and custom cabinets designed specifically for the garage. And while there are exceptions to every rule, for the most part, the following information is true about most large franchise based closet organization companies. First, most closet companies install knockdown cabinets. (When you think of knockdown cabinets, think of buying your cabinets at Ikea and then having to assemble them yourself). This means they buy standard size cabinet pieces from the franchise mother ship, inventory the pieces at their shop and then build them at the customer's site. This is fine when your garage layout allows for standard, cookie cutter size cabinets; i.e. 7 feet high by 3 feet wide by 18 inches deep. However, if you want to have cabinets run the entire length of your 21 feet, 7 & 1/2" wall, and you want all the cabinets to be exactly the same width. Also, because of the garage door rail toward the front portion of the side wall, two of the cabinets will need to be 6" smaller in height. So now what? You can have the closet companies use their knock standard size cabinets and have almost 20" of wasted wall space and lose about 6 cubic feet of internal storage space. Or you can contract with a garage organization specialty company to have custom cabinets built 43 & 1/4" wide, with two of the cabinets 6 inches shorter. A perfect fit. Also, knockdown cabinets are assembled with cam and post screws, again think Ikea. Custom cabinets are built to order based on shape, size color designed. The cabinet box is permanently constructed with screws, nails and glue. So you don't have to worry about the boxes eventually coming apart or loosening with normal wear and tear and/or vibrations.
Next what about the materials that the cabinets are made from? Most closet companies install cabinets made from 1/2" or 5/8" particle board. This is fine for cabinets installed inside the house, in a 75 degree climate controlled environment that holds shirts and sweaters. However that's not the garage. The garage is normally the hottest and/or coldest area of the home, as there is normally does not have air conditioning or heating. Also, the garage has to deal with a lot of moisture in the air due to rainy conditions. Also, these cabinets will need to hold heavy paint cans, various tools and tool boxes, plumbing and electrical supplies, 50lb bags of lawn fertilizer and pool chemicals. Items you normally don't store in your bedroom closet.
Custom cabinets built for the garage are normally built of 3/4" or 1" industrial grade melamine. These cabinets normally have full and solid backs and reinforced shelves that can hold around 100lbs per shelf. My point is that closet company cabinets are not designed to handle the heavy loads, varying weather conditions and the rugged conditions of the garage. Custom cabinets from a garage organizational company are designed specifically for the garage.
So if you are in the market for cabinets for your garage, consider hiring a company that specifically has cabinets for the garage, a garage organizational company. And if you need cabinets to hold some blouses, socks and ties, call a closet organization company. And if you want some good Mexican food, go to a Mexican restaurant.
OrganizIT! Inc, is a Chatsworth based company that provides organizational products and services for the garage. Operating since May of 2006, OrganizIT! is one of the fastest growing garage organization companies in the Los Angeles area. OrganizIT! is a full service garage organization company that focuses on providing a high level of professional service. OrganizIT! carries products from the leading manufacturers in the garage organization industry such as; SwissTrax garage floor tiles, Tuffrax overhead garage racks, Schulte and Racor garage accessories and HandiWall slatwall.
For a free design consultation, go to; http://www.organizitco.com/
About Gus Gougas: Gus Gougas is presently an partner and president of OrganizIT!, a Chatsworth based business that provides products and services within the garage remodeling/organization industry.
After 20+ years in Corporate America in outside enterprise sale/marketing/management for companies like; Symantec, Unisys, Logica, Lanier, Gus started OrganizIT! Inc. Gus has appeared on TV programs about garage organization on NBC, HGTV and KCAL9. Gus published numberous articles on garage organization and has recently been featured in new book, "Big Book of Garages", by Tina Skinner. You can contact Gus at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-232-7683.
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Nick Garrard
Attention Huntsville-Madison Homeowners, garage cabinets are very important as they provide a very clean, professional and organized look and give you a place to store all your junk! Garage storage cabinets are very important for any garage as they provide the extra storing space that every homeowner needs.
If you want extra storage room in your garage, and let's face it, who doesn't, then garage storage cabinets are the simplest solution to organize the overfilled garage.
Garage storage cabinets are available in a wide range of materials like wood, metal and heavy plastic that can help with storage of heavy items and keep them safe. And I will personally even vouch for some of the heavy plastic items, in saying that if assembled and installed correctly, are probably more sturdy than some of the metal or wood units.
Make sure to get cabinets that are strong enough to store all kinds of tools and equipment that you keep around the house. You should always consider installing cabinets with shelves that are capable of storing equipment that measure up to hundreds of pounds. You can make your cabinets a well-built storage by fastening it together with dovetails joints.
Importance of Garage Storage Cabinets
The importance of well crafted and customized garage storage cabinets cannot be defined. It's something that you need to experience to know its value and importance! A well installed garage storage system prevents tools and floor from humidity, pests and other destructive agents. A good garage cabinet storage is an asset to your home; make sure to make it in a proper and systematized way. Steel garage storage cabinets not only save your supplies from harm but also cut down the waste and disorder in garage.
On the other hand, hard plastic garage storage cabinets are easy to install, more durable and economical. Once you have proper storage space for tools, you no longer have to hunt for things as they would be stored in the right places. Wrenches, screwdrivers and paint brushes can be stored in shallow compartmentalized drawers or on pegboard hooks instead of large deep drawers as they might get lost there. Tools that are used often can be hung on pegs and stored that way as it saves the hassle of opening the drawers over and over again.
Having properly installed garage storage cabinets is as simple and good as maintaining and keeping your home organized. Not only this, but with garage cabinets you can make your garage a real place to park your car where everything is organized and in order.
Garage Storage has become a necessity for most of us! Just imagine, when your garage door opens for your car, everything in the garage is perfectly placed and all the car accessories are organized.
These days, state of art modular cabinet systems are being made that add style, sophistication as well as strength in modern cabinet designs to transform your garage into a functional room to keep all your extra stuff, leaving the house clean and ordered.
Not only your garage, but these cabinets also provide you a chance to keep your house clean. Now you don't have to leave your machines, devices and tools lying around. With proper garage cabinetry, all these things can be stored in their rightful places to be found easily whenever you need them!
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By Huntsville Garage Shapeups Guest Author: Anthony Lee
Residential home garages have become the multi-functional room for families. The garage is often used as a working room, a gym room, or even a children's playroom. However, even with the fact that the garage is frequently used for these multi-activities, it is often taken for granted by the family. Fact is that the garage is often seen by guests and visitors, there is more reason to have proper garage storage organization to keep it maintained and clutter-free.
So, it is not inevitable that one day you will find the garage room simply a house of clutters, garbage, and chaos. These would not have been part of the scenario if you have applied some organization solutions in the early days. But since, there is no turning back, don't think there is no hope for you. Clean and organize your garage storage - that would give you the best start. If you will be patient with this new project to fix the problem, finding that place as the most efficient garage storage organization is not a hard thing to achieve.
Garage storage organization takes time, so you need to have plenty of time with you. On the other hand, it would not be that case if you know how where to start. If you can ask some help from your co-household members, it would be a great way to make things easier and faster for you. You have to remember though to delegate the tasks properly to other individuals in such a manner that the entire course of the activity will yield efficient and effective results. Because if not done properly, asking help from others will not be of help in any way; instead may even cause the whole thing to get worse.
Garage storage organization means proper categorizing, segregating, and selling or throwing unneeded items. However, before doing these things, make sure you have taken a survey over those items and equipment in the garage. Doing so will give you an easy start with the project. Identify all the items you have in the room. Place appropriate items in the proper labeled box. Make sure pet supplies, holiday decorations, recyclable items, camping gears, and chemicals are stored in separate labeled boxes.
Of course, another important part with your garage storage organization project is having the right storage systems installed in the appropriate sections of the room. The storage systems can be installed anywhere in the garage room. You can maximize the space by using its walls, corners, and even the ceiling. Different storage systems are available such as cabinets, lofts, shelves, hangers, hooks, and a lot others. Each of the labeled items must have a separate storage system.
When you are done with those things, stack the items neatly and efficiently, so when the time that their use is needed, you can easily locate each of them. Also, you may want to take into consideration on how frequently you use those items when stacking or storing them. Placing the most used items at the front portion and those that are less used farther at the back will give you best times in the future. And achieving the desired results of organized and well-arranged garage storage room is easy if you started it with a proper garage storage organization.
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