Traditional garage cabinets crafted from wood remain a popular choice because they are both attractive and functional. A wide range of styles and finishes is available. This garage remodeling guide looks at the pros, cons and pricing for traditional cabinets.
Options for Traditional Cabinets
You’ve got a lot of options when considering traditional cabinets. The most affordable have wood frames and particle-board doors. Better grades feature solid-wood doors. Common wood types are maple, cherry, birch, mahogany, oak and knotty pine. Traditional garage cabinets tend to have sleeker lines than kitchen cabinets. They would be called handsome instead of beautiful. Door arches and crown moldings are less common in garage cabinets than flat surfaces. This is true in part because it’s typically a man making the cabinet choice and because flat surfaces are easier to clean.
Pros and Cons of Traditional Garage Cabinets
There’s a lot to like about using traditional cabinets in a garage. First, as noted, your options are excellent. Once you decide on the wood species you want, you’ll find them pre-finished in a number of stain colors. Or you can finish them yourself and save money. Secondly, wood cabinets give the garage an atmosphere of finished space compared with steel garage cabinets. If you have basic carpentry skills, you can hang traditional cabinets pretty easily. You’ll need a level, chalk line, stud finder, drill/driver, wood shims and quality fasteners. And extra pair of hands helps too. Traditional cabinets come in base cabinet/upper cabinet designs for those who want countertop space and Full-length cabinets. Many sets have a combination of both.
The main drawback to traditional wood cabinets in the garage is that they won’t hold up well if you go cheap. Most cabinets designed for use in the garage feature thick, solid-wood panels, heavy-duty hardware and thicker finishes that handle moisture and dirt. You can buy kitchen cabinets at the big box store for use in the garage, but be aware that you may not prove as durable as those made for garage installation. If you choose wood, plan to mount the cabinets 6-8 in. off the ground, so you can hose the garage floor and keep the cabinets dry. This is how professional garage remodelers do it. You should also seal the bottoms of the cabinet with several coats of quality polyurethane.
Traditional Cabinets Price
There’s a range of prices, and you get what you pay for. They start at less than $75 per linear foot. Average prices are $115-$150 per linear foot, and top-quality cabinets can cost as much as $200 per linear foot. Countertops for base cabinets are extra.
Who Should Consider Traditional Cabinets for the Garage?
A lot of it is preference. If you love the look of wood, then they are worth considering. Keep in mind, however, if your garage will get heavy use