Choosing Garage Cabinets for an effective Garage Organization

1437317497lckvwGarage Organization is an art. It can do wonders to the Garage when proper Cabinets are chosen and placed for effective storage. It not only helps organize the clutters but also makes more room to store items and for car parking. But before rushing into the selection process of the Garage Cabinets, planning is required to figure out the quantity of the Garage Cabinets by also not compromising on the quality.

Planning

file761243267126The main purpose of the garage is to park our vehicles. But most of the homes don’t use them for this purpose alone. It is used as a shed for utility storage, as a workshop or even a cave to put unwanted items.

The first step in planning is to take a list of the stuff in the Garage. This also includes things that would need to go into the Garage i.e., anything that requires space in the Garage is taken into account while preparing the list. This will give an idea of the quantity of the Cabinets that will be needed. While taking the list, take into consideration the types of item. Some items might be heavy and would require a sturdy cabinet for storage.

The second step is to plan according to your budget and requirement. If the Garage is used as a workshop, then buying sturdy and new metal cabinets would be the best choice. If the garage is used only as a place for storage, even second-hand cabinets will do, or one can buy the plastic / wood composite cabinets that don’t cost much. One of the main factors is to determine the material of the Garage Cabinets based on the environment.

The third step is to plan on buying the cabinets after measuring the floor space of the garage. While base cabinets take a bit of floor space, wall cabinets is space saving. But before buying, plan on where it should be placed.

The last step is to eliminate all unnecessary items from the garage in order to cut down on the number of cabinets to be bought.

Choice of Materials

There are a lot of choices when you go for buying Garage Cabinets. The material choices are Plastic, Metal and Wood / Wood Based.

  • Plastic: If the Garage has environment issues like getting moist or corrosion, then the best choice would be plastic. Plastic is easy to maintain, easy to clean and saves a lot of money. But it is not sturdy enough to hold heavy items.
  • Metal: Metal cabinet are either made of aluminium or stainless steel. They usually come with a powder coated surface that is a protective coating. Though they are sturdy, the only negative is it corrodes if not protected from moisture or chemicals. It is also costly.
  • Wood / Wood Based: Wood based cabinets come with melamine skin or painted / coated. Again, these are more susceptible to moisture. But the finish is good.

Features to Look For

Cabinets are usually chosen based on the needs. There are various features and options available in the market from which one can match them to their requirement. Few of the features are:

  • “Off the Floor” Cabinets: They are nothing but the base cabinets placed on pedestals so that the cabinets are lifted few inches from the floor. This helps in keeping the cabinet away from moisture and is also easy to clean below.
  • Rolling Cabinets: They are similar to the above ones, but have wheels to make mobility easy. It can be moved anywhere and placed at a place of convenience. There are locks in the wheel to keep them in place when they are not moving.
  • Wall Cabinets: Wall Cabinets are space savers and helpful when there is little floor space in the garage. Wall cabinets are available in various sizes to choose from.
  • Corner Cabinets: While corners are considered to be waste of space, corner cabinets make use of the waste space effectively and make the unused space usable.
  • Modular Cabinets: They are combination kits and combine all the above types of cabinets like mix and match. It can be bought by choosing configuration that fit in a particular garage.

Conclusion

For organizing the contents of the Garage in an effective manner, one needs to be mindful of the capacity of the load. Also, Garage cabinets should always be a bit narrower as space should be allocated for the opening and closing of the car doors. There are other additional aspects like the cabinet’s sturdiness, cabinets with back panels and cabinets with locks. Everything depends on one’s taste and needs.

The Fun-filled ‘Vegan’ Nursery

Your little one’s nursery room is a lively place. All parents want their kids’ room to be colorful and filled with toys, rocking horses and soothing music. So, planning to create one such fun-filled room even before your little one sets foot in this world? Here are some Vegan Décor ideas that would make your child’s room environmental friendly.

Room Colour

file2301291419439 Your child will be thrilled if the room is more colourful. Colours add more charm in the baby’s world. It could be a combination of bright colours against pastel shades. Have you ever wondered what these paints are made of? Usually, paints contain animal bi-products. Even if not, they are tested on animals. Some paints are harmful to the pet animals who share our space.

There is no need to worry. There are lots of wonderful hues of paint available now in the market that are both vegan and VOC free. Colour your little ones room with any of those ‘vegan’ paints. They are not only safe for your kids but you also get a satisfaction of choosing a product that is against the cruelty of animals.

Floors

1412135443kge1gLet us take the vegan route and avoid soft coverings like the traditional rugs that are made from wool and goat hair. There are many beautiful vegan alternatives that add colour to the nursery. There are rugs made of soft cotton, bamboo, jute, chenille that is soft on your baby’s skin. There are also other alternatives like the one made from nylon, polyester and acrylic. You can also find many rugs made from recycled materials. But the best choice would be to either choose cotton or bamboo.

Bedding

Is it not the place where your baby rests? While covering and decorating the bedding, always stick to the natural animal-friendly versions. Avoid wool and leather materials. The same formula used in selecting rugs for floors apply here. Always choose a natural fibre like the cotton or bamboo instead of wool.

Diapers

While diapers provide comfort to your baby, it certainly does not do so for many animals. Most of the diapers are tested on animals before they reach the human population. But this animal testing applies to only disposable ones. So, opt for cloth diapers that give comfort to the baby.       Cloth diapers have become more advanced and nowadays come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. By using cloth diapers for your child, you are not only following a healthy alternative for your child, but you are also reducing waste and becoming environmental friendly.

Toiletries

Do you know that many of the baby products are not animal friendly? They contain many ingredients that are obtained from animals. They are also tested on animals. This includes the wipes used for the baby, the bath products and lotions. Why not try something innovative like making your own wipes out of cloth that can be washed and reused? You save not only the money but also go the ‘vegan’ way.

Others

Other ways of decorating your child’s room is by placing wall hangings in the room with pictures of animals and birds with a ‘Vegan’ slogan. Your baby would also eventually start learning the importance of being kind to the animals. Other furniture in the room can also be eliminated from using animal products. For example, use of leather furniture can be eliminated and instead furniture made from fabric can be placed on the room. Even cushions made out of feathers can be substituted with cushions made from cotton or artificial fibres.

Over the last decade, the number of options in the vegan décor side has grown dramatically. This change is the most welcome one as it eliminates animal cruelty and brings us closer to a friendly, healthy environment. Start the vegan style home décor from your baby’s room.

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Ideas for Ethical Home Decors

If you are a person who loves to sit in a sofa that is soft and comfortable like leather but certainly don’t want to do that by being cruel to animals, then don’t worry. This is a write-up just for you. This article will discuss about some of the wonderful ideas you can adopt while decorating your home, as an alternative to animal products.

Sofas and Couches

1459536429h8udcThe first thing you want to do when you come home is to sit in a comfortable sofa. There are lots of vegan sofas available in the market made of faux-leather that gives the feeling of leather. If you are not that ‘leather’ person, you can also choose from a range of fabric sofas. They look bold and beautiful with a patterned print.

Pillows

How about decorating the sofas with ‘vegan’ pillows? There are pillows made of canvas and stuffed with recycled polyester and is even perfect for seasonal change.

There are pom-pom pillows that would add colour to your furniture.

Are you a peace lover? Then, there are cotton pillows available which are unique and also colourful. Some are even handmade. So, you can start customizing the pillows with pictures of your family and your pets (show your love for animals!)

Paints

If you have been using paints made from animal products or being tested on animals, it time to change. You get beautiful shades of paints that are not only animal friendly but also environmental friendly. Paint your walls with those lovely paints!

Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and Rugs essentially contain wool. So, substitute them with cotton or synthetic ones. They add more brightness to the room than the woollen ones. There are even more options available such as the one made of bamboo, jute and chenille.

Bedding

If you are looking for a comforter that is warm, comfortable and super soft, buy a vegan one that would make you guilt-free. While buying a comforter, look what it is made of. Many are made of sheep’s wool. Check for labels like “synthetic down”, “polyester fill” or fabrics that are hi-tech – they are washable and soft. The good news is that they are also not so expensive. Choose a bed that would give you a peaceful and guilt-free sleep all night.

Curtains

Curtains add fun to the decoration and anyone can do the trick of making it vegan by selecting a curtain material free of wool. You do a make-over without costing more. Just measure, buy an animal friendly fabric and stitch!

Candles

If it’s the holiday season, you might want to decorate your house with candles. Candles are surely the touch of elegance. But are they derived from animals? Yes. Many of them are derived from beeswax and fat taken from pig’s stomach. Why not add beauty to the candles by buying soy-based ones or the ones made from paraffin? We can even decorate with the LED candles (flameless).

DIY Soy Candles

Aromatic Soaps

Make your conscience clear and your hands clean with Vegan soaps that produce great aroma. You would sometimes even feel like eating them. Though Soaps are not part of the décor, the aroma still makes you feel comfortable.

Wall Hangings

Hanging a vegan inspired wall hanging will create inspiration among others who visit your home. Hanging could be anything from mere pictures of beautiful animals to inspirational slogans to let everyone know about the care needed for animals.

Above all these decors, do not forget to keep the home environmental friendly. When you have a pet at home, keep things safe for him. Having an artificial plant or anything that he might chew will prove dangerous and is not considered to be a ‘vegan’ décor. Love animals and go ‘vegan’ the beautiful way!