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Short legs keep these cabinets up off of the garage floor. Photo: Windquest Companies Inc.

If your garage is a disorganized mess, maybe it’s time to get it under control. Fortunately, a variety of products are made to help with garage storage and organization. Following is a closer look at some of the cabinet, shelving, and organization systems on the market.

Garage Cabinets

Most cabinet configurations for the kitchen work equally well in a garage. Adjustable shelves, upper and lower cabinets, and sturdy drawers give you lots of enclosed space to keep items organized and dust-free.

You can order cabinet systems from companies that manufacture kitchen or garage storage or you can buy a kit if you prefer to do it yourself.

Cabinet materials. Most garage cabinet systems are made of plywood or particleboard, but you can also find systems made of metal or plastic. The least expensive option is standard particleboard, but industrial particleboard is stronger and smoother.

Cabinet coatings. Most cabinets made from wood or particleboard are coated with thin melamine or high-pressure laminate. Although it’s more expensive, high-pressure laminate adds structure and is thicker, tougher, and more water-resistant than melamine.

Particleboard shelves with high-pressure laminate can bear three times the weight of uncoated or melamine-coated particleboard. Another advantage of high-pressure laminate is the wide variety of colors and patterns available, whereas melamine only comes in a few colors.

Cabinet supports. Because most garage floors are sloped to drain water, many manufacturers include hardware to mount cabinets to the wall, thereby preventing the cabinetry from absorbing moisture from the floor. However, mounting cabinets on the wall decreases the amount of weight they can store.

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Don Vandervort developed his expertise more than 30 years ago as Building Editor for both Sunset Books and Home Magazine. He has written more than 30 home improvement books and countless magazine articles. He appeared regularly on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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