When it comes to cabinets for your garage, the good news is that there are choices. The bad news is that the quality varies greatly, and you get what you pay for. At the retail level, there are several types of products available: MDF (a waferboard), a Rubbermaid product and steel.
As you weigh your options, the most important thing to consider is the strength of the material. How secure is it and how much weight can it bear? Check the hinges as well and make sure they’re solid. If they’re not, the cabinet may start to wobble.
The advantage of the Rubbermaid cabinet is that it’s impervious to moisture versus the MDF products which will swell and weaken if you have a damp or humid garage. However, neither are very sturdy, so you run the risk of the shelves not supporting anything of any significant weight.
I believe steel or aluminum cabinets are the way to go. They’re sturdier and resistant to animals. They are also lockable, so if you’re storing anything valuable, such as skis and ski boots or tools, you can lock them behind the doors. They’re also good for keeping chemicals out of reach from little hands.
Some retailers carry a steel product but the material is light weight and not commercial quality. It looks similar to the appropriate grade steel cabinets, but it doesn’t hold much and can dent easily, losing its aesthetic appeal quite quickly. In addition, light weight materials may not provide the appropriate level of safety and protection of your valued tools, sports equipment, vehicle and family members.
To find out how strong a steel product is, you have to look at the ‘gauge’. The smaller the number, the stronger it is.
I recommend Onex cabinets. We install these high performance steel garage cabinets because they last longer than retail products while offering superior weight support. They’re also lockable, come in various colours and can be adjusted to the height, width and depth of the space. It provides a high level of utility and quality while giving your garage that luxury feel.
Onex offers a wide variety of cabinets, so we can create a custom storage solution rather than finding something that simply fits into the space.
If you have any questions about cabinets or anything else garage related, please give us a call!