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What to Look For When Buying Garage Storage Cabinets

Posted by Sarah Eadie on Thursday, 12 May 2011 4:14 PM
Stuff, stuff, stuff, STUFF, STUFF!
 
When you’re a homeowner, stuff just seems to accumulate in large quantities – especially in low traffic places in the home such as laundry rooms, basements, and garages. Unfortunately, most of us are too busy to pay much attention to those spaces until it’s too late, and the mess has reached critical mass. Weeks turn into months, and months turn into years as these rooms become increasingly untidy, and eventually unusable.
 
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Instead of perpetuating this guilt-inducing cycle, many homeowners are turning to wall-mounted cabinets as the solution to keeping clutter under control. With the right set of mounted wall cabinets, you can create a place that’s off the floor, protected and weatherproofed for virtually anything.

But not all garage cabinets are created equal! Don’t make the mistake of using cabinets meant for other places of the house in your garage. Just think of the types of things people typically store in their garage: household chemicals, heavy-duty tools, and dirty football equipment. What works in the laundry room won’t necessarily work in your garage. Your garage cabinets need to be as sturdy as the things you’re storing in them.
 
Here are four key qualities you should look for in your garage cabinets:

  1. Make sure that your cabinet system is weather resistant. One of the reason cabinets from other parts of the home can’t simply be transferred to the garage, is that other cabinets aren’t built to withstand the changes in temperature and humidity experienced in most garages. Garage cabinets need to be resistant to extreme weather and moisture. Check to make sure any cabinets you have your eye on are made out of sturdy materials. The Redline Garage Gear cabinets used at Garage Themes are powder coated to withstand the stresses of everyday use.  Even our 9-ply baltic birch drawer units use dovetail joinery to ensure they withstand the rigors of daily use. This coupled with anodized aluminum or brushed stainless steel handles ensures an attractive result with no rust. 
  2. Make sure that your cabinet system is fast and easy to install.  The harder your cabinet system is to install, the more time and money you’re going to have to spend. Whether you decide to make the time investment yourself to put it together or pay someone to put it together it for you, you’ll benefit from a simply designed, easily constructed set of cabinets. With Redline Garage Gear, a streamlined wall mounted system makes it easy for you to sit back and relax while your Garage Themes installation technician takes care of a your projects installation.
  3. Make sure that your cabinet system is customizable. Everyone’s home is different. Making an investment in your home only to find that what you’ve purchased doesn’t fit the space – either physically or aesthetically – is incredibly frustrating. Look for cabinets with flexible design, in a variety of colors and wood finishes.
  4. Make sure that your cabinet system has a warranty. Purchasing garage cabinets is a serious investment. Ideally, the person selling them to you is confident enough in the quality of their product to offer you some sort of warranty, or – better yet – a lifetime guarantee. Preserve your peace-of-mind knowing that your cabinet investment is protected in the unlikely event of a warranty repair.
Tell us about your garage cabinet buying experience in the comments. What tips do you recommend?
 
For more information about how Garage Themes can remodel your garage with Redline Garage Gear cabinets, visit our Storage Cabinet page or call for a free consultation.

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Storage Cabinet Linear Foot Pricing Metric - Best Practice or Myth

Posted by Chris Watkins on Thursday, 20 May 2010 8:35 AM

Occasionally, customer prospects will ask me what is the linear footage cost for your cabinets?  Admittedly, that is a question I have always found difficult to answer - here is why.

Now I am not trying to tell customers cost isn't a valid question, but given that my company utilizes three different cabinet manufacturers and literally hundreds of cabinet configuration choices along with the fact that this particular question only deals with a very fundamental concern (i.e., project budget), the reality is the question completely avoids the customers storage need considerations altogether.

Think about that for a moment - of course cost for a solution is an important consideration, but I never approach my customers that way except to ask them have they considered a budget for their project.  I am most interested in helping my customers determine their garage storage and organization needs.  It is a given that if I can't match the customers needs to their budget goals, I will not get their business.  Does the customer need large storage pantry cabinets or lots of drawers and workbench space?  The price per lineal foot between these two examples will be considerable which is one reason I find the lineal footage metric not very useful. This is one reason our company has multiple options and cabinet manufacturers to help a client match their specific needs and budget goals.

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Why is all this important you ask, simple really.  Let's say a customer prospect asks me, how much is your average cost per lineal foot?  If I simply throw out a number like $180.00 per foot, I have done nothing to match that cost to the customers specific needs.  Potential customers may walk away from the call and I never hear from them again, which is unfortunate as our company most likely has the best system to meet both their storage needs and budget.  Customers that work with our company get free consultation to design a garage system that meets their needs.  I have worked with clients through 10 iterations of a design to make sure we have developed a garage system that is exactly what they want and need.  Although the consulting is offered free of charge, of course changes to the final garage system will influence the purchased price, which is one of my major concerns over using a metric like average linear footage to rough out a pricing structure for clients.  It's a misleading practice that doesn't produce the best result.

Customers that focus on their short and long-term garage storage needs while working with their garage vendor to find a good solution balanced to their project budget will gain the best storage system.

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