The Shelving Store Blog

  1. The Ups and Downs of Kitchen Decoration Trends

    Sometimes it feels like the kitchen is the hardest room to organize and decorate, doesn’t it? 

    There’s an awful lot of stuff in kitchens, which makes sense, but it makes it really hard to keep it both organized and decorative. It seems like it’s either one or the other in many cases: you can either have a kitchen that’s visually pleasing and well-decorated or a kitchen that’s well-organized and free of clutter...but rarely both.

    It doesn’t always have to be like that! There’s plenty of ways to get a well-organized and good-looking kitchen that does everything you need it to, it just requires a good understanding of everything that goes into it and what you have to do to organize your kitchen properly.

    Below are a few common kitchen decoration strategies, and what you can do to keep them both functional and aesthetic: 

    Open Plan Kitchens

    Pros: Plenty of space for preparation; easier access to many different parts of the kitchen;ample space for everyone in the house to get in there to help with cooking or put things away.

    Cons: Lack of storage space; harder to keep decluttered and clean (due to extra surface space)

    How to organize: Open kitchens need a lot more love than smaller ones due to the lack of wall space, which means they’re not going to have any cabinets. Wall shelves are a good way to make up for this lack of cabinet space by giving your pots, pans, and ingredients somewhere to sit, and in many cases pantry organizers can be repurposed as open-space countertop storage instead.

    Open Shelving

    Pros: Aesthetically pleasing; allows for easier access to things like dishes; more light in kitchen

    Cons: May force display of nicer-looking dishes, leaving no room for the daily-use cutlery and plates; requires more careful arrangement and use than closed cabinets do

    How to organize: Consider how your display pieces will look on open shelves to avoid too much visual clutter. Limit your use of open shelving to a handful of more special-occasion dishes to maintain a good look while keeping the more-used dishes and glasses in a closed cabinet to avoid visual clutter and keep the ‘daily drivers’ a little easier to get to.

    Long Drawers Instead Of Cabinets

    Pros: Better containment of small items to prevent loss; better visual indicators of where items are when drawers are opened (as opposed to cabinets); better storage for certain items.

    Cons: More difficult to store items of unique shapes or widths; waste of space when forced to store pots and pans in drawers instead of cabinets,

    How to organize: Careful thought needs to be placed on what’s being stored in drawers as opposed to cabinets. Leave some wall space (or get a hanging rack) for bigger items like pots and pans, and save any available drawer space for smaller items that can be easily arranged and taken care of inside the drawer that can’t really go anywhere else. Larger items may need to stay on the countertop to free up space.

    Ceiling-Height Cabinets

    Pros: Makes the ceiling appear higher; no awkward space between cabinets and ceiling; extra storage space

    Cons: Frequently used to store items that aren’t really needed; harder to organize due to size

    How to organize: The first step with longer cabinets is to make sure they’re not being used for anything truly unnecessary. Don’t get in the habit of buying extra dishes or cups just because you have the space for them. Focus on what you already own and need to safely store somewhere, bring in some kitchen cabinet organizers to help give everything a home, and don’t feel pressured to use all the space they offer.

    However you decide to decorate your kitchen, hopefully these tips will keep it both visually pleasing and free of mess! (Until you get a little crazy making pasta again, of course.)

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  2. Clever Home Uses for Wire Shelving

    A lot of people see wire shelving and they think “oh, that’s just for warehouses/offices/places where I don’t live”.

    And they’re half right - thanks to its durability and construction, wire shelving is a common sight in a lot of commercial and industrial settings like warehouses and even restaurants. That’s not all it can do, however, and it’s becoming an increasingly popular option for anyone that needs tough and durable storage around the house, or maybe just prefers the ‘industrial’ look.

    If you’ve been thinking about adding some industrial storage to your home, or if you’re just curious to see what these weird-looking shelves can do for you, read on and get inspired:

    Small Appliance Storage: We all run out of room in our kitchens a little faster than we’d like thanks to all the appliances, ingredients, and utensils we have to keep around. Shorter wire shelving racks (or even something like corner wire shelving) can be used to prop up bigger appliances like microwaves, toasters, and the like to free up counter space and keep them easily at-hand.

    Hanging Pots: A lot of wire shelving is compatible with s-hooks, mounted hangers, and the like, and this can come in just as handy in the kitchen as it can elsewhere. Slide a few s-hooks into the grates of your shelving and let your pots hang out (and out of the way)!

    Bathroom Organization: Wire shelving is an ideal solution for organizing bathrooms due to its spacious design and rust-proof construction, which can prevent it from getting affected by the humidity of a million hot showers. Sneak some wire shelving into a corner (or even into the bathroom closet if it’s big enough) and use it to store your towels, toiletries, and other needed supplies.

    Free Up Some Closet Space: Wire shelving can easily slide into a closet to help keep some of the smaller things organized. Put a small shelf underneath where your clothes hang to keep things like ties, belts, and even shoes up and out of the way.

    Outdoor Tool Storage: Got a shed and need some shelves that can stand up to the changing conditions outside? Wire shelves are a great way to store garden tools, hedge trimmers and weed wackers, and can even stand up to the weight and wear of gardening soil and other supplies.

    Bulk Storage: We all know how tempting it is to do all of our shopping at Costco or Sam’s Club and wind up coming home with two years’ worth of toilet paper. Wire shelving is a great way to store those bulk purchases; while you slowly work your way through twelve gallons of dish soap, you’ll know where it’s kept and that it’s safe.

    With these practical solutions you’ll make your storage a little bit easier and effective for everyone in the family, in every room of the house!

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  3. Four Storage Safety Tips For The Home

    Any concerned parent, cautious homeowner, or both knows the number of safety risks that the average home contains.

    But home safety in many cases involves a little more than those plastic caps for outlets and preventing basement leaks. Even the storage you use in your home can be improved with a few safety tips and adjustments, and this can go a long way towards protecting your shelves, your stuff, and the people in your home. Read on for a few easy safety tips you can apply to the storage in your home to help it work a little easier:

    Mount what you can to walls. We know some stuff already has to be attached to the wall by design, but a lot of other home shelves and storage can be made a lot more durable and reliable by attaching it to a nearby wall. Take things like wire shelves and even bookcases and mount them up against the wall using brackets or screws where applicable to help them support your items better and prevent them from any accidental spills or falls.

    Mind weight limits. It’s pretty obvious advice, but you’d be surprised how many times someone exceeds the weight limit of a shelf or cabinet by accident. Check the manufacturer’s information that’s provided with each shelf to understand the weight limit of each shelf and avoid getting too close to that limit to prevent damage and/or injury.

    Distribute the weight. Even if you’re under the weight limit, improperly-distributed products can contribute to tipping, breakage, and damage. Make sure your stuff is spaced out properly along the shelf to prevent any unbalanced loads from knocking things over - it’s kind of like the washing machine, but a little more...dangerous.

    Hang wall shelves properly. Wall shelves are a great way to display your collectibles, photos, and knick knacks, but there’s some steps that need to be taken first before they can be installed correctly. Use a stud finder to make sure there’s nothing in the way of your mounting brackets or screws, and always make sure to use the proper screws recommended by the manufacturer (anchor screws, wood screws, etc) to keep it fastened in place.

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  4. Can't Stand The Weather: Preventing Basement Floods During Heavy Rain

    It's been awfully rainy in a lot of parts of the country these days, and while it's good news for our gardens and yards, it's bad news for a lot of basements.

    Whatever size your home is or wherever it's located, cracks in the foundation or plumbing can begin to let water into your basement, leading to your stuff getting ruined, your basements getting damp and musty, and much bigger foundational problems if left unchecked.

    If you need to get your basement a little more waterproofed, or if you've already dealt with some leaking this year and you want to make sure it doesn't happen anymore, here's a few tips we've pulled together to keep your basements nice and dry:

    Clean out your gutters: Even if they're on top of your home, clogged gutters can send rain down the exterior walls of your home, allowing water to get into any cracks in the walls or foundation. Get your gutters cleaned out at the beginning of every season to prevent buildup and keep water flowing away from your house.

    Check your windows and insulation: Windows are the most common source of leaks other than walls, and loose insulation or improperly-fitted window dressings can let water in at an alarming rate. Double-check your window fittings to make sure they don't let anything else in while they're closed, and prepare to seal the edges with foam as needed to prevent these leaks.

    Protect your stuff: Even if you do everything you can to prevent leaks, it's always a good idea to take some preventative measures in the basement itself to keep your stuff safe. Elevate everything you can on rust-resistant wire shelving to keep it out of harm's way (and to keep the shelves themselves safe), and everything else you can't keep on shelves can go in weatherproof plastic storage totes to keep the elements out. Wall shelving can help too so long as it isn't mounted on a wall that's prone to leaking - otherwise you're putting your stuff right back in harm's way.

    Install a sump pump: If all else fails, or if you live in an area very prone to flooding and need a more...intense solution, sump pumps are a fantastic way to handle water as it enters your basement. It's going to involve a lot of home renovations (as you'll have to dig a well and install the pump) but for particularly flood-prone or rain-heavy areas it might be the most effective solution to prevent long-term damage every time the rains come back around.

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  5. Five Home Improvements To Add Resale Value To Your Home

    Maybe you're looking for a new neighborhood, maybe you got a new job somewhere else, maybe you've been watching too much HGTV and got the moving bug...whatever the reason, everybody moves sometimes.

    And there's a lot to think about. There's packing, there's scheduling movers, there's figuring out what to keep or what to throw away, and it can all get a little overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that you might not be giving enough thought to re-selling your current home!

    As much as you might like your current house, selling it is one of the easiest ways to recoup some of the expenses from your move (and, let's face it, you probably can't live two places at once). Before you get your home out there on the market, there's a few things you can do to up the resell value and get a few more eyes on it to take some of the headache out of listing it:

    Update your bathroom: We can all admit it - when we're shopping for a home for sale, one of the first things we judge is what kind of condition the bathroom is in. A few quick bathroom upgrades like new paint, fresh wallpaper, new lightbulbs, and maybe some new towel racks or bathroom shelves will help it stand out and look much cleaner and more approachable - and, more importantly, more purchase-worthy!

    Make it energy-efficient: "Going green" is still a big thing on the minds of many homeowners, and taking steps to make your home greener and more energy-efficient will entice a lot of buyers (particularly those that don't want to have to put the effort in themselves). Install low-flow showerheads, replace your incandescent bulbs with something more efficient like CFL or LED bulbs, and clean the coils of your fridge (especially if you're not taking it with you, as a lot of homeowners simply don't feel like the fridge is worth the hassle of moving) to keep everything easier on the environment and more appealing to prospective buyers.

    Leave some organization behind: Especially in these economic times, home buyers are increasingly looking for homes that come at least a little pre-furnished. Everyone has their favorite couch and mom's old end tables they want to bring with them, but the little things like shelves, garage shelving, and even entryway furniture could help sway potential buyers if you're leaving them installed right where they are to save the next residents some time and hassle.

    Repaint in neutral colors: You've probably grown pretty fond of your paint choices and wallpaper, but the odds are pretty good that whoever buys your home is going to want to re-do it. Take some time to repaint all the painted walls in a more neutral tone that can be easily repainted later to make it easier for the next tenants to make it their own (even if you are going to miss that perfect shade of yellow you found for the front room).

    Fix up the floors a little: We're not saying to completely re-carpet or re-tile everything, but taking some time to make the floors look nicer will help your prospective buyers feel like they have less overall work to do on the home and will help keep everything presentable. Lay down some new tile grout to fill any obvious breaks or gaps, polish any hardwood, and deep clean any carpet to keep it as fresh and clean-looking as possible before you show the house off.

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