How to Buy Laundry Room Cabinets
Install storage cabinets and quickly expand available space
By Kaye Morris
Maximize the available space in your laundry room through the effective use of storage cabinets. Laundry rooms are often the preferred storage room for household cleaners and other sundry items such as light bulbs and paper towels. Consequentl, these rooms can get cramped very quickly unless you add storage cabinets to organize and hold all the stuff you plan on putting in there. But before you rush out and buy the first set of cabinets you like, make a critical assessment of the available space and your storage needs.
- What You Need to Know
- The cabinets you purchase should serve some functional purpose in order to be a good investment of time or money.
- Pre-assembled cabinets cost a little more but are faster to install.
Assess the space available in your laundry room to determine what type of cabinets will fit in the room. If you have available floor and wall space, consider a tall floor cabinet that offers a lot of storage in one location. If you don't have any floor space, use wall cabinets, which are usually located above the washer and dryer. If you have a large amount of available space, consider lower cabinets with counter tops to give you room to fold the laundry. Add cabinets above the counter for even more storage.
Measure the space available for the cabinets. If you are measuring for a floor cabinet, make sure you measure the space from the inside of any wall molding present, or your cabinet may be too large. If you are measuring for wall cabinets located above the washer and dryer, make sure the cabinets you choose can be hung at a height that allows you to access the controls or open the lid on a standard washing machine.
Determine what type of cabinet design you want. Decide if you want a cabinet with doors or without. Choose cabinets with adjustable shelving so that you have the ability to store large or tall items. Consider cabinets with drawers and specialty sections, such as dividers for sewing implements, thread and spare buttons. You can also install a floor cabinet with a fake drawer front that serves as an opening for a hamper.
Select a material and color for your cabinets. Cabinets made from multi-density fiber board (MDF) are cheaper than 100 percent wood cabinets but are also heavier. MDF cabinets are most often covered in white laminate to protect the MDF from water, which causes it to bubble and swell. Solid wood cabinets are more durable and usually more attractive, but they can cost considerably more, especially if you buy them unfinished and have to add in the cost of staining.
About the Author
Kaye Morris has 20 years of real estate development experience and is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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