Harbor Blue: Garage Living’s Newest Design Color

Garage Living is pleased to announce the launch of Harbor Blue, our newest color that adds a unique look to any garage makeover.

Harbor Blue was created by Garage Living and is exclusive to the company. It’s available when choosing a color for your garage’s cabinetry, floor coating, and slatwall panels.

Why blue is a great color for your garage

Good things come in blue. Blueberries, violets, and cheese. A solid investment is considered blue-chip and of all nature-inspired colors, blue is the truest. That’s just a few of the reasons why blue is the best color.

But for your garage? Absolutely! Blue is the essence of inspiration and beauty. It can conjure up images that calm and relax us, or stir our spirit, creating renewed energy.

Blue is where a cloudless sky meets the gently moving water on a warm, summer day. Transfixed watching sunlight dapple on the waves, changing the hue so subtly with every ripple, you can’t help but feel balanced and connected to nature.

The color, Harbor Blue brings to mind blue sky and water evoking a connection to nature.

The inspiration for Harbor Blue

The inspiration for Harbor Blue came from a weekend getaway surrounded by water, docks, and spectacular skies. Blue fit perfectly with the décor requirements of a year-round vacation home that’s meant to be a destination for relaxing. That the condo is located within a lakeside resort, the color choice, Harbor Blue makes even more sense.

The blue accents and trim on the lakeside resort condo’s exterior helped inspire Harbor Blue, the newest color available at Garage Living.

Harbor Blue is a perfect blend of all those blues, from cool slate to deep indigo and it’s the newest color exclusively available for your:

Your garage is an extension of your lifestyle

Our lifestyle is a reflection of who we are from the inside out. Our lifestyle doesn’t stop when we leave the house, (just as the color doesn’t have to stop at the garage door). Likely, we are constantly going through our garage to our vehicle to get to a destination not paying attention to this transitional space.

It’s actually the entryway in and out of our home. Why wouldn’t we want it to be as welcoming and stylish as any other part of our home, one that truly reflects our lifestyle?

Bring style to your garage through color

That’s what led Garage Living to create luxury garage interiors with style, color, custom detail and function in mind. Think of the interior of your home; it requires furnishings, flooring, lighting, and accessories. Just as we appreciate the luxury of a custom designed home, our garages are worthy of the same treatment.

Harbor Blue acts as an accent with gleaming stainless steel custom-cabinetry. This one-of-a-kind entertaining space is more than just a garage.

Incorporating Harbor Blue and décor to elevate your garage

Today, the styles we’re incorporating to our interior design is extending to our transition spaces, like garages. The color schemes that apply indoors can be interpreted and carried through beyond the entry.

Kitchen cabinets are starting to embrace a range of colors. We’re seeing rich, deep blue tones paired with warm brass or cool metal handles and the result is fresh and beautiful. Why not consider that same for the cabinetry in your garage?

Cabinet doors and drawers in Harbor Blue make an attractive and practical addition to the transition between home and the outdoors.

Drawers, locker doors, and stainless-steel countertops and backsplash are complemented by the wide, stainless drawer pulls.

Countertop options for the kitchen and bath range from wood, to solid surface materials and stainless steel. These options are also available to elevate your garage and the look of your entire home.

A qualified designer can assess, design and optimize the space to suit your needs. Choose from modular or customized cabinet options. Storage for sports, hobbies, vehicles and more are designed for your specific lifestyle. It’s like furnishing your home.

Floortex™ floor coating protects your floor

A concrete garage floor is susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. Like flooring in your home, there is an attractive and practical option to protect it for the long term. Garage Living uses Floortex™ – an impermeable, high-performance floor coating that is superior to common epoxy floors.

Not only is it hard-wearing and easy to clean, aesthetically the flooring is available in a variety of color blends. Harbor Blue features a mix of blue tints and tones, resulting in a beautiful and functional surface for vehicles, people and more.

Task lighting

You wouldn’t want to read and write in your home office without proper lighting, so add undermount LED task lighting over a work surface in the garage. It adds functional and practical light (and really brings out the blue!).

Undermount LED lighting.

Walls and accessories — décor for your garage

With the addition of slatwall panels, custom cabinetry and hardware, the garage’s curated color palette nicely reflects the beautiful, serene, and comfortable surroundings of home.

Now that you’re seeing the garage for what it really is — an opportunity to elevate your style, there’s no limit to what you can do. One great way to stylishly show off your organizational skills is with slatwall panels.

Ladders and bicycles utilizing slatwall storage to free up floor space.

Slatwall panels are an excellent option for taking advantage of your vertical space. Garage Living has over 40 accessories to choose from. Whether you need a simple hook to hang framed art or baskets of balls, slatwall panels are designed with style and function.

A welcoming home begins with your garage

Color shouldn’t stop at the garage door, make your whole home an inviting, starting at the point of entry. Adding beautiful color to your garage like Harbor Blue is just one more way to elevate your garage.

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Cheap Garage Cabinets: Why You Want to Avoid These 5 Types

Using cabinets in the garage is a great way to get more storage usage out of the space.

Not everything stored in a garage can be hung on your walls or stowed away in an overhead rack, however.

Garage storage cabinets can enhance your storage flexibility, giving you more options for where to keep things.

They also allow you to keep your stored items hidden (which makes your garage look tidier), valuables and hazardous materials locked up, and your stored items more protected from the dust and grime found in garages.

When you’re looking at your cabinet options, using cheap garage cabinets might be something you’re considering. Here’s why that’s a bad idea.

Cheap garage cabinets have a lot of drawbacks

There are several types of low-cost storage cabinets out there you can buy, but let’s face it – that low price they sell for tends to be their most appealing selling feature.

And when it comes to cheap garage cabinets, you can’t get much cheaper than “free”, like using some cabinets leftover from a kitchen remodel.

But these low-cost (or no-cost) storage products have a number of limitations that are worth knowing about if you’re currently looking to add some garage cabinetry.

Let’s look at five types of inexpensive cabinets and why taking a thrifty approach to the addition of cabinets in your garage is a mistake.

1. Repurposed kitchen cabinets

Plenty of DIY blogs will suggest reusing your old wooden kitchen cabinets in the garage for extra storage.

Repurposing your old kitchen cabinets in the garage might seem like a practical idea. There’s no cost to you, other than your time to install the cabinets and maybe refinish them. It also keeps the cabinets out of a landfill.

Here’s the very simple problem with this idea – wooden kitchen cabinets just aren’t designed to be installed in a garage environment.

Most garages aren’t climate-controlled, which means the spaces will have fluctuating temperatures (sometimes to an extreme degree). They’re also prone to humidity and moisture.

Unless they’re specially engineered (like melamine cabinets) to withstand the harsher conditions in garages, most wood cabinets won’t flourish in the space. They’ll be more susceptible to structural degradation from excess moisture, dry rot, and potentially pest damage.

Many wooden kitchen cabinets also aren’t optimal for storing the heavier things garages need stored. Some older kitchen cabinets also have set shelving heights that can’t be adjusted.

And then there’s the all-important consideration of aesthetics. Kitchen cabinets have a very specific natural, rustic look. Even if you repaint or restain them, they may lack the contemporary look you’d prefer for your garage’s interior.

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A cluttered garage with mismatched wood kitchen cabinets.

2. Cheap metal garage cabinets

Okay, so if using wood cabinets in the garage isn’t such a great idea, surely metal cabinets are the way to go, right?

Yes, but only when you use the right type of metal storage cabinets.

Your options for metal cabinetry will consist of cabinets made with aluminum or steel. Look online or in big box stores and you’ll find plenty of metal cabinet systems that look impressive and sturdy.

But dig into the product specs to make sure you’re buying a quality product. If the price of the metal cabinets you’re looking at is surprisingly cheap, there’s probably a good reason for it.

Always choose steel over aluminum when it comes to garage cabinets. Steel is stronger than aluminum, which clearly matters when long-term durability and the storage of heavy things is involved.

Pay particular attention to the steel gauge the cabinets use. Steel gauge is a thickness measurement that is also used in other products made with steel, like stainless steel sinks, furniture, and metal roofing.

Steel gauge uses a retrogressive scale, which means the lower the gauge number, the thicker (and stronger) the steel will be. Cheap garage cabinets found in a lot of retailers often use steel gauges in the 20-24 range. Something in the 20 and lower range is more ideal.

Also try to get a cabinet system that’s made from steel produced in the U.S. or Canada, as all of Garage Living’s high quality garage cabinet systems proudly are.

Even if their listed steel gauge number sounds good, a lot of low-cost cabinets are made with raw materials that are heavily recycled. That compromises the durability of the product and these cheaper cabinets usually rust faster.

Also note that many steels produced overseas don’t adhere to the same eco-friendly manufacturing standards as North American-made steel does.

3. Plastic garage cabinets

Next to those free repurposed kitchen cabinets, assemble-it-yourself plastic garage cabinets will be your most affordable cabinet option.

Plastic cabinets, however, really aren’t a very viable long-term storage solution for your garage.

Manufacturers may throw a bunch of impressive-sounding words at you in a plastic cabinet’s product description, such as “high quality plastic polypropylene resin”, “molded plastic design”, and “high-grade double wall resin construction”.

Don’t be swayed. Out of all the types of cheap garage cabinets listed here, plastic cabinets are undoubtedly the flimsiest, least durable option.

Sure, they may not rust or rot, but they have far lower load capacities than metal or wood cabinets. Forget about using plastic cabinets for bulkier heavy-duty equipment like a compressor or generator.

And it goes without saying that the low-end look of plastic garage cabinets leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a matter of “when” and not “if” that they’ll eventually start showing that drab, discolored look that plastic products get.

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Kitchen cabinetry being used to store common garage items.

4. DIY garage cabinets

Lots of people enjoy woodworking as a hobby, so DIYing their garage cabinets may be as much for someone about the fulfillment of creating something from scratch as it is about saving a few bucks.

Novice builders will likely find building their own garage cabinets a significant time investment. They’ll need the right tools for the job and may find the process to be overly frustrating. After all, instructional YouTube videos can only get you so far.

Unless you’re a highly skilled craftsperson, the finished cabinet system just may not seamlessly fit together, causing things to look a little “off”.

More often than not, DIY garage cabinets and shelving end up having a rather slapdash, patchwork look, leaving your garage’s storage systems with an unappealing and inconsistent aesthetic.

And in addition to the aforementioned shortcomings of wood cabinets, something else to think about is that they’re more of a fire hazard than metal cabinets. That’s worth considering if you’re storing a a lot of items that are flammable or plan to use a garage workshop for any welding.

5. Prefab cabinets

While not technically garage cabinetry, prefabricated build-it-yourself cabinetry is often used for storing things in a garage.

Whether they’re from a big box store or repurposed after being replaced with another storage product elsewhere in your home, prefab cabinets also make a poor storage choice for the garage.

Just as a harsher garage environment is rough on recycled wood kitchen cabinets, it’s even less hospitable to cabinets constructed with a quality of wood that’s likely inferior to what your kitchen cabinets are built with.

The lousy reputation of most pressed fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard furniture, in terms of their durability, is well-established.

These products commonly split and chip easily and their cheap, stuck-on veneer finish commonly doesn’t stay stuck.

Cabinets made from these materials also tend to lean, buckle, and warp over time, especially when they have to handle storing heavier items.

Also rethink using a piece of furniture like an old wardrobe in the garage, even if it’s made with a high quality wood. It will only look out of place.

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BEFORE: Inexpensive prefab cabinets that were being used in a garage.

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AFTER: The addition of high quality cabinets, slatwall, and a floor coating transform the garage into a clean, modern-looking space.

Cheap garage cabinets = cheap garage look

The bottom line is that using cheap garage cabinets will project a low-grade aesthetic that detracts from the room’s appearance.

For a space that’s used as much as the garage, don’t underestimate the importance of that.

You’re also much more likely to encounter issues with long-term reliability and performance with cheap garage cabinets.

And the likelihood is that once problems arise, the short warranty cheaper cabinets come with will have long since expired.

Invest in high quality garage cabinets

Another major drawback of cheap garage cabinets is that they offer little to no ability to customize.

Avoid the aggravations and lack of satisfaction that comes with adding cheap cabinets to a garage space.

Garage Living has five lines of modular and custom-fit garage storage cabinets made with superior construction materials to ensure a long life. Fulfill all of your functionality and design requirements with a storage system that’s tailored specifically for your garage.

Features include:

  • resilient powder coated finishes in a wide variety of colors
  • durable double wall doors and cabinet shells
  • sturdy ball bearing drawer sliders
  • stainless steel, galvanized steel, or maple butcher block countertops
  • additional custom options let you add a sink, TV enclosure, locks, and more

Create your dream garage cabinet system

Garage Living specializes in making our clients’ garages a visually appealing, highly efficient extension of their living space.

We can help you achieve this goal with the addition of upgrades like high quality garage cabinetry, a new floor coating, and other smart storage solutions.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation with us to begin planning out the garage cabinet system of your dreams.

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7 Awesome Advantages of Owning a Garage Cabinet System

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Shelving, overhead racks, and a slatwall hanging storage system will help immeasurably when it comes to keeping a garage organized.

Effective garage storage systems that provide a home for everything prevent clutter from accumulating. They also make it easier to keep a garage space tidy with less effort.

With so many choices available when it comes to upgrading your garage’s storage capabilities, there’s one option you might be overlooking – a garage cabinet system.

Do I really need a garage cabinet system?

Many homeowners might think a garage cabinet system just isn’t for them. Perhaps you don’t spend enough free time in the garage to believe such a purchase would be worth it.

You might be under the impression that storage cabinetry is meant solely for garages that are owned by those with a big tool collection who love working with their hands.

While a garage cabinet system is ideal for garages where vehicle maintenance and carpentry projects occur on a regular basis, the fact is that every garage can benefit from having one.

Here are 7 common-sense reasons to consider a garage cabinet system for your home, regardless of how handy you are with a hammer.

1. A garage cabinet system eliminates clutter

One of the unquestionable benefits of having a cabinet system installed in your garage is that it will significantly cut down on your floor clutter.

Even if you have a larger two or three-car garage and available storage space isn’t a pressing concern, that garage floor clutter can still be a persistent nuisance.

Whether you’re tripping over clutter or finding it hard to locate tools when they’re needed, there’s a real practicality to removing things from your garage floor and keeping them neatly stored in a garage cabinet system.

When cabinetry is partnered with some of those aforementioned garage storage systems like slatwall panels, you’ll be amazed at how much nicer your garage looks and feels when it’s clutter-free.

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Keep your garage floor clutter-free by storing items like recycling bins and garbage cans out of sight behind cabinet doors.

2. Upgrade your garage’s appearance

Garage cabinetry might seem like a product that’s purely functional and something that’s only providing room for storage.

A garage cabinet system has a lot more value and use for your home than as merely a dedicated storage space, however.

Storage cabinets can add a huge aesthetic upgrade to your garage’s interior, which is not something to be taken lightly.

You’ll have to buy the right type of cabinet system, of course. Well-crafted, higher quality cabinets that are professionally installed instantly upgrade a garage’s interior with a more modern and finished look.

Stylish cabinet systems like Garage Living’s GL NEOS Elite or GL Custom Steel models infuse a garage with clean lines and a sleek, high-end appearance.

Choosing a garage cabinet system that allows for customization can really take your garage’s design to the next level. Adding custom options like a sink, backsplash, or an enclosure for a TV enhance your garage with stylish and functional touches that stand out.

3. Make your garage safer

More often than not, a messy garage is also an unsafe garage.

With items spread out all over the garage floor and tools leaning up against the walls, tripping and leaking hazards abound.

A garage floor littered with items also poses the risk of damage to those items from your vehicles, not to mention the vehicles themselves potentially being dented, scratched, and scuffed.

Corralling that clutter with better storage systems like garage cabinets will reduce that safety risk.

Your garage also contains many types of dangerous chemicals and hazardous materials that can be stored in a cabinet system with optional locking doors and drawers. Examples include:

  • paints and solvents
  • fertilizers and pesticides
  • cleaning products
  • containers of automotive fluids

To further childproof your garage, use locking cabinet drawers and doors to keep sharp tools safely tucked away.

4. Add value to your home

Because a garage cabinet system helps to minimize or eliminate floor clutter, you’ll be able to easily park your vehicles inside, where they belong.

That means your garage is serving its primary function and providing full value to your family year after year, not merely being used to store useless junk.

A garage that’s easy to maintain and allows for effortless vehicle parking is a strong selling point for any buyer whenever you decide to move. That means added value to your home.

Any garage with a high quality garage cabinet system will also project a more impressive, professional appearance. When compared to the unsightly look a cluttered garage with an outdated décor and cheap storage systems projects, prospective buyers will take notice.

5. A garage cabinet system keeps tools organized

The larger your tool collection gets, the harder it is to keep organized if you don’t have a decent storage system in place. After awhile, that big toolbox just won’t cut it anymore.

Invest in a well-designed garage cabinet system to enjoy the following benefits that come with keeping your tools organized:

  • you’ll spend less time searching for tools (leaving more time to actually work)
  • your workspace will be less cluttered
  • set up your workspace to have the tools you use most close at hand

A garage cabinet system that keeps your screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, and other tools stored in drawers and behind doors also helps to extend their life. They’ll be less exposed to dust, grime, and rust-causing moisture.

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A garage cabinet system keeps your tools organized and protected from moisture, dust, and grime.

6. Keep valuable tools locked up

Some of your pricier tools will no doubt include cordless power tools and pneumatic tools (which are driven by compressed air).

An expensive air compressor, power generator, and even many higher quality hand tools (which can cost hundreds of dollars each) are also best stored in a secure space, to protect your significant investment.

A garage cabinet system with locking doors and drawers provides such a storage option.

The comforting peace of mind you’ll get knowing your expensive tools are securely stored will be worth the extra expense for this custom feature.

7. Create a garage workshop

While most homeowners have no interest in setting up a garage workshop, some gearheads and hobbyists will salivate at the opportunity to do so.

Turning the garage into a multi-functional space by creating a special area that provides room to work with your hands will be a motivating factor for some to invest in garage cabinetry.

The fact that you can customize your workspace’s cabinet system to fit your working needs will be even more of an incentive for these homeowners to buy garage cabinets.

Our rugged GL Hayley cabinets are ideal for a garage workshop. This system features sturdy 16 gauge steel construction, a galvanized stainless steel countertop, and speciality options that allow for locks and a sink unit to be added.

Discover the advantages of a garage cabinet system

If eliminating your garage clutter and upgrading your garage’s appearance with a new cabinet system sounds like an appealing proposition, Garage Living can help.

Whatever your garage cabinet system needs are, one of our five lines of world-class modular and custom-fitted cabinet systems is guaranteed to enhance your garage space.

Book a free in-home consultation with one of our garage cabinet experts to get your personalized garage cabinet system design started.

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5 Important Factors to Consider When Buying Garage Cabinets

If floor clutter is limiting your garage’s functionality, one of the most effective solutions to get your space organized is by adding garage cabinets.

But there are so many brands and types of garage cabinets available. For starters, you’ll need to know that they come in these two types:

  • Custom-fit – the cabinets can be built to custom depths, widths, and heights and more specialty options are available
  • Modular – a cabinet system built from pre-made standalone units that are mixed and matched

How do you make the right choice to fit your needs? There are a few important factors to consider when deciding what type of garage cabinets you should buy.

Before taking the next step and speaking with a trusted garage professional about your storage cabinet choices, get familiar with the basic facts about garage cabinets and what you should look for. Consider these five important factors to help you make the best decision.

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1. What’s your budget for buying garage cabinets?

Obviously, you’ll need to work within your available budget to determine what type and quality of garage cabinets you’ll buy. Just remember that age-old saying – “you get what you pay for”.

Buying an inexpensive garage cabinet system from a big box store may be quite tempting if your budget is limited. Just be aware that many of these cabinet systems compromise significantly on the quality of the cabinets’ construction materials. Typically, they’ll be made from plastic or inferior quality steel to achieve that cheap price.

Cheaper garage cabinets can leave a lot to be desired when it comes to functionality and durability. Do you really want to be replacing your garage cabinet system in just a few years when it starts falling apart? At that point, you’ll know that it pays to spend a little more to get a higher quality product that lasts longer.

Expanding your budget for new garage cabinetry will open up a wider range of higher quality options. The construction materials and craftsmanship will be at a higher grade and they’ll likely look better (don’t underestimate the value of garage cabinet aesthetics).

Cheaper garage cabinet systems also don’t offer the chance for customization. You’ll have limited choices for colors, styles, and extra custom features, like adding a countertop to the top of your base cabinets to create a workbench.

2. Garage cabinet usage

Knowing how your garage cabinets will be used within your space will be a major factor in what type of cabinet system you end up buying.

For example, take a homeowner who’s looking for a general purpose cabinet system that’s primarily needed for extra storage space. Higher-end garage cabinets, such as our custom-fit GL Custom Steel cabinets, probably aren’t the right fit for their needs.

Perhaps either the modular GL Signature or GL Premium cabinet systems will work better for them. They still deliver exceptional quality, but do come with fewer custom options.

The amount of space you have to work with will also be a factor when making your cabinet choice. If your garage layout has unconventional angles or wall obstructions, a custom-fit system will be easier to fit within the space.

And if your garage space is limited, something like the shallow depth option available with the GL Signature line might be ideal. This can allow you to comfortably get in and out of your vehicles with enough space.

Are you looking to create a garage space that lets you park vehicles and use it as a heavy-duty workshop? In that case, something like the more rugged GL Hayley or GL NEOS Elite cabinet systems are a more practical choice.

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Rugged GL Hayley cabinets are ideal for a task-oriented garage space.

3. What’s being stored in your garage cabinets?

What you’ll be storing in your garage cabinets will also play a role in your buying decision. Certain items are more suited to being stored in a specific type of cabinet, so you’ll need to choose accordingly.

For example, choosing a cabinet system that gives you an option for locks on the doors and drawers might be wise if:

  • you want to keep expensive hand and power tools secure
  • your garage has a lot of sharp tools you want to keep your kids safe from
  • there are a lot of chemicals and hazardous materials kept in your garage

The weight of items you’re storing also needs to be taken into consideration. If you’re storing heavy power tools or car parts, a flimsy cabinet system made from plastic just won’t cut it. You’ll need something sturdier, like a garage cabinet system made from 18-gauge or even stronger 16-gauge steel.

Maybe you plan to use your garage cabinets for storing longer items, such as a coveralls, or you want to keep your large collection of cleaning supplies all in one cabinet. If so, your cabinet system design will include one or more tall locker cabinets.

For those who have a lot of tools to store, an ample number of tool drawers to keep everything organized will be a priority for their cabinet system. Bins for storing all those easy-to-lose screws, nuts, and bolts would also be a smart addition.

4. How important are construction materials, durability, and looks to you?

The types of materials used in your cabinet system’s construction will be the biggest factor that determines how long it lasts. Construction materials and craftsmanship will also affect how your cabinet system functions. For instance, how smoothly do the cabinet doors and drawers open and close?

Don’t skimp on the quality of materials that were used to build your cabinets. Steel is your best option, but be wary of where that steel is from. Foreign-made steel is commonly heavily recycled, rusts quicker, and isn’t as resilient as the higher quality North American-manufactured steel Garage Living uses in all of our garage cabinets.

The harsh demands of a garage environment should also be taken into consideration with your garage cabinets. This includes changes in temperature, moisture, and everyday wear and tear.

To prolong the life of your cabinetry, look for models with a powder coated finish. Powder coating involves the application of multiple coatings of a dry powder to the surface of the cabinets. This helps protect against scuffs, scratches, and rust.

If you’re seeking a high-end look for your garage to complement your luxury vehicles and that sleek new Floortex™ floor coating, the look of your cabinets will no doubt be important to you.

The showroom-quality looks of a GL Custom Steel or GL NEOS Elite cabinet system fit this specific need. They elevate the aesthetics of your garage and transform it into stylish, comfortable extension of your home.

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The GL NEOS Elite cabinet system provides showroom quality looks.

5. Customization with your garage cabinets

If creating a personalized garage space ranks high on your list of priorities when it comes to a garage makeover, custom cabinets are a must. The ability to customize your garage cabinets gives you significant flexibility to truly create a dream cabinet system.

Custom-fit cabinetry also makes the most of your available space. Underutilized corners can become more useful with the addition of custom cabinetry. If you have a free wall in your garage that’s unfinished, have a seamless wall-to-wall cabinet system designed. That can take care of your storage needs and provide a more finished look for your garage interior.

Custom cabinetry can also be designed to best accommodate the manner in which you’ll be using your garage cabinets. If you’re a hobbyist, the upper and lower cabinets around your heavily used countertop area can be designed to store your most frequently used tools and items. That way, they’re always conveniently close at hand.

Here are just a few of the specialty options that can be included with custom garage cabinets:

  • numerous color options
  • sink units
  • power bars with USB charging ports
  • backsplash
  • pot lighting and valance lighting
  • TV cabinet enclosure
  • utility drawers with organizing bins
  • a dedicated space for hiding garbage and recycling bins

Learn more about how garage cabinets will improve your space

When used with our other effective garage storage and organizations solutions like slatwall panels and specialty storage racks, you’ll be thrilled with how much easier it is to keep your garage organized with a high quality cabinet system.

Schedule a free in-home consultation with us so one of our design experts can evaluate your garage space and guide you through the process of choosing the right garage cabinets.

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Why Custom Garage Cabinets Should Be Part of Your Garage Makeover

A well-designed garage makeover project focuses on making the garage beautiful and functional. Your garage space should be an extension of your home’s architecture, design, décor, and lifestyle.

For a number of reasons, custom garage cabinets should be an essential component of your garage makeover project. With a fusion of passion, innovation, creativity, and expertise, Garage Living’s metal cabinets offer superior craftsmanship, materials, options, and looks to satisfy any homeowner’s wish to create a personalized custom garage space.

Custom garage cabinets are designed to perfectly fit your garage space

There are commonly two types of garage storage cabinets:

  • Modular – individual prebuilt/prefabricated cabinet units that don’t allow for custom sizing
  • Custom-fit – offers more design flexibility because the cabinet units can be custom-built to a specific height, width, and depth

A custom-fit garage cabinet system gives Garage Living’s designers extensive flexibility to customize the cabinets to our clients’ exact garage space requirements. This custom-fit precision makes optimal use of your garage’s space.

Choose from a wide range of specialty options for your custom garage cabinets

There are a wide variety of specialty options available to make your custom garage cabinets more functional and visually appealing. Here are some of the specialty options that can be added to our custom garage cabinets:

  • sink units
  • power bars with USB charging ports
  • utility drawers with organizing bins
  • backsplash
  • valance lighting and pot lighting
  • TV cabinet enclosure
  • numerous colour options

Add more storage space with custom garage cabinets and stay organized

One of the obvious benefits of garage cabinets is that they make it much easier to keep your garage organized. Along with garage organization solutions like slatwall and specialty storage racks, cabinets add extra storage space that’s maximized. Your tools and other belongings will be kept organized and choosing the drawer lock option will keep them secure.

Custom garage cabinets provide a high-end garage look and workspace functionality

For a high-end look and the ability to use your garage as a productive workspace, custom garage cabinets are your best option. We have three lines of custom garage cabinet systems available:

1. GL Custom Steel cabinets

The GL Custom Steel precision line of storage cabinets represents our best choice for design flexibility, showroom quality looks, and overall high-end garage storage. These cabinets are ideal for the for discerning homeowner looking to complement their luxury vehicles with an appropriately high-end surrounding in their garage interior.

And GL Custom Steel cabinets can do more than just look spectacular and let you add specialty options like a TV cabinet enclosure and glass door inserts. These cabinets are also well-suited to homeowners who wish to use their garage as a workspace.

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2. GL NEOS Elite cabinets

The GL NEOS Elite system stands out with its minimalist high-tech look and seamless wall-to-wall design. Like the GL Custom Steel system, the cabinet colours of the GL NEOS Elite system can be used to complement your vehicle colour, which is a frequent request of Garage Living clients.

GL NEOS Elite cabinets are also well-suited to a task-oriented garage space like an automotive workshop. They feature durable double wall cabinet doors and shells, heavy-duty drawers for storing heavier tools, and lots of custom options to address your work needs.

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3. GL Hayley cabinets

Whereas our other cabinet lines keep their construction elements hidden (like screws, bolts, and rivets), the GL Hayley system aims for a different aesthetic. The visible hardware components on the custom-fit GL Hayley system creates a unique industrial look.

This rugged look is befitting for a garage storage system that’s ideal for a task-oriented garage space. Don’t confuse “rugged” with visually unappealing, however – the GL Hayley cabinet system is a stunner.

GL Hayley custom garage cabinets

Ensure your custom garage cabinets use high quality construction materials

Don’t overlook the importance of the materials your custom garage cabinets are made from. All of Garage Living’s modular and custom metal garage cabinets are constructed from sturdy, high quality American and Canadian 16-gauge and 18-gauge steel. “Gauge” refers to the steel thickness – the lower the number, the thicker the steel.

Cheaper garage storage cabinets from big box stores commonly use an inferior quality of foreign steel that’s flimsy, overly recycled, and more likely to rust quickly. Our custom garage cabinets are also powder coated. This is a process where multiple coatings of a dry powder are applied to the cabinet surface. Powder coating gives your cabinets a more resilient finish than traditional paint coatings, which extends their life.

Look for superior craftsmanship in your custom garage cabinets

Along with first-rate construction materials and speciality options, higher-end custom garage cabinets also have a superior level of craftsmanship. From the smartly designed layout of the cabinet systems to their smooth, easy-to-open drawers and doors, you’ll immediately notice the difference compared to much cheaper cabinets.

Visit your local Garage Living showroom to see and touch the high quality of our custom garage cabinets for yourself.

Garage cabinets for all your storage needs

We also have additional lines of modular cabinets to serve your garage storage needs. Choose from our popular GL Signature and GL Premium cabinet systems, which still offer high quality craftsmanship and construction materials, along with several specialty options. GL Custom Melamine cabinets are also available exclusively at out Toronto location.

Transform your garage space for years to come

Garage Living specializes in designing custom garage cabinet solutions of the highest quality that will transform your garage space for years to come. Get started by scheduling your free in-home consultation today.

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