1. Ideas & Uses for Floating Shelves

    Named for their ability to mount seamlessly to the wall and look like they’re, well, floating, floating shelves have been a staple in home decoration for decades.

    Different from standard wall shelves thanks to their lighter profile and range of materials, floating shelves can make a big difference in home organization and storage when used properly.

    Have you been thinking about some floating shelves but just aren’t sure where they will go? Or are you just looking to see how other people use them to see if you want to try them out yourself? Check out a few of these ideas we’ve found and see what one works best for your home or apartment:


    DIY nightstands: Some floating shelves, such as floating ledge shelves are dense enough to be installed low near the bed and used as nightstands! These shelves take up way less space than your average end table and are great for low-profile storage of things like glasses and lamps in areas where there’s not enough room for a whole end table or nightstand.


    Filling in corners: With both standard floating shelves and floating corner shelves, these shelves are a great way to utilize corners for storage needs. Line up two floating shelves in an L-shape to bridge any corner gaps and keep things neatly arranged where you can get to them.


    Open vertical storage: Of course, the goal of any shelf is to let you store things better, and in smaller apartments or homes that lack in closets or shelving, floating shelves are a great low-profile way to add storage space. Particularly in rooms where you need easy access to a lot of small things, like the laundry room, the home office, or even that corner of the basement where your toolboxes all wind up, floating shelves can provide unobstructed access to whatever you need to declutter.


    Opening up the kitchen: Speaking of which, a lot of kitchens are moving towards a more open, ‘door-less’ design using floating shelves to store things like dishes and cooking utensils without the claustrophobic look that cabinets can sometimes provide. Floating shelves can easily replace cabinets, particularly over the oven or the sink, and provide a more dynamic look while keeping everything even easier to reach.


    Converting tight spaces: Small spaces like removed cabinets, gaps in the walls, or even disused medicine cabinets in bathrooms and bedrooms can be easily filled in with floating shelves to provide extra storage in areas that might not have been too useful before. Take some time to find those hard, out-of-the-way spots in your house and put them to work with shelves.

    Do you have floating shelves in your home? Let us know how you use them in a comment below!

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  2. Other Uses for Magazine Racks (That Don't Involve Magazines)

    The, er, younger among you reading this might be surprised to learn it, but people do still read magazines sometimes.

    You remember magazines, right? Bigger and more colorful than a newspaper, shorter than a book, usually with some movie star or U.S. senator on the cover. See, back in our day we used to stash all of them in magazine racks throughout the living room. This kept them up and out of the way until they got old, piling up in the closet until we got rid of them at a garage sale.

    And while there are some magazines still out there, they’re not as popular as they used to be, and that means you might have some extra magazine racks or holders around the house that aren’t being used. Don’t throw them out just yet though! There’s plenty of ways to repurpose magazine racks around the house that can help you get more organized than ever—all you need is a little time and imagination. Here’s a few of our favorites:


    Pantry organization: Depending on their shape, extra magazine racks can easily serve as pantry organizers for items like canned goods and pasta boxes. Line up all your canned vegetables and chili ingredients in your magazine rack and never worry about something rolling out of the pantry again!


    Long box storage: Think about all the kitchen items in those long boxes that are impossible to store—aluminum foil, Saran Wrap, and so on. Magazine racks are a great way to stack those up and keep them easy to reach while keeping them out of the way of the rest of your kitchen supplies. Set one up on your counter or in a cluttered cabinet and take some of the stress out of putting your leftovers away.


    Craft room organization: If you’re the crafty type, magazine racks are often the perfect size and shape to store excess fabric. Fold it all nice and neat (on cardboard or plastic spacers if you can) and tuck them into each slot of your magazine rack until your craft space is suddenly a lot easier to use.


    Hand towels: There are few things worse than washing your hands in the bathroom or kitchen and suddenly having no idea where the towel is, leaving you flailing about with wet hands. Magazine racks can hold folded, backup towels under the sink, near the toilet, or wherever else you have the space to stash them in case of a dry-hands emergency.


    Dish racks: Speaking of drying things off, magazine racks are typically a good shape and size to hang onto dishes right after washing. Line them up and let them air-dry, or use them to display your favorite plates until the perfect occasion comes along!

    Got any other tips for your old magazine racks? Leave a comment below!

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  3. Five Benefits of Kitchen Islands

    For a lot of houses, the kitchen is the heart of it all.

    Whether your kitchen pulls double-duty as a kitchen and dining room, or if it’s just where you do your meal preparation, the key to making sure your kitchen works to its full potential is to keep it organized and put-together.

    Aside from the usual assortment of shelves and cabinets, an organizational solution more and more people are turning to for their kitchen is a kitchen island. Whether as a portable cart or a permanent fixture in the center of the room, islands have become an increasingly common sight in kitchens all over the place as more people become aware of their usefulness in organizing even the most chaotic of kitchens.

    Are you considering a kitchen island but haven’t been totally convinced? Or are you just curious to see what they could do for your kitchen and your home? Check out these five big benefits of kitchen islands, and see what they can do for you:


    Additional Storage Space

    One of the biggest advantages a kitchen island can give you is more places to put all your stuff, and who doesn’t want that for their kitchen every now and again? Many permanent kitchen islands can be customized with cabinets and drawers below, and a lot of the mobile ones come with additional wire shelves on the bottom as well as racks for dish and utensil storage up top. Whatever it is you need to store, kitchen islands are an easy way to increase the amount of space you have for organization.

    Work Surfaces

    Kitchen islands can also go a long way towards increasing counter space and offering additional workspace to get things done. By adding a solid top, butcher block top, or shelf liners to your kitchen island, you can quickly add more hard surfaces to get cooking done. No longer will you need to cram your cutting board into the corner by the oven to chop vegetables or set down a hot pan—kitchen islands can give you a lot more elbow (and breathing) room!

    Casual Seating

    We’ve all had those times in the kitchen where we couldn’t quite have people at the dining room table but needed somewhere for them to sit, and that’s where kitchen islands come in! By providing a bigger focal point for the room itself, you can easily line up some chairs around it to create a more casual sitting area for anyone that dropped by for a drink, or even if you’re just preparing a quick breakfast.

    Room for Extra Appliances

    We’ve all had that moment where we spotted some fancy new blender or that thing that turns vegetables into pasta noodles (you know what we’re talking about) but you just didn’t have the space for it in your kitchen. Kitchen islands can easily solve that problem by providing more room for appliances without a costly cabinet remodel, not to mention all the new outlets that can be installed on them.


    If you got a mobile kitchen island, the upsides to being able to move it around as needed will be apparent right away. Turn your kitchen cart into a new serving cart for cocktails and drinks during parties, or use it to serve appetizers away from the table while dinner finishes up. Or you can use it while you cook, keeping less-vital supplies and appliances out of the way in case you suddenly need to free up some elbow room while finishing that big new roast.


    Has a kitchen island totally revamped your kitchen and your home? Drop a comment below!

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  4. Three Rooms That Need Rust Proof Shelving

    A question that doesn’t get asked often enough when installing new shelving is what should my shelves be made out of?

    In a lot of cases, people think shelving is a one-size-fits-all solution to getting things organized, but that’s not always the case. A lot of different shelves have different uses and different places where they work best, and knowing these differences can be more helpful than you might think.

    One prime example of a shelving type with specific uses is rust proof wire shelving. True to its name, this type of wire shelf is coated with a special epoxy that helps further inhibit rust and prevent corrosion, even in harsh environments that deal in a lot of humidity or moisture.

    Now, we know what you’re probably thinking - “That sounds good, but shouldn’t that be used in a warehouse or refrigerator or something?” You’re not wrong, but a lot of homes are turning to more industrial-styled storage solutions for their durability, ease of use, and unique look, and rust-proof shelves are a perfect example of this.

    Curious to see how much help they can be in your home? Here’s three rooms that could use rust-proof shelving, and what you can store in there:

    Laundry Room

    Think about your laundry room, and everything you have to keep in there. Not just the washer and dryer - there’s half-filled detergent bottles, boxes of fabric softener you’ll never use again, and all kinds of color-safe bleach you need to keep safe and away from the rest of your clothes.

    The storage needs of a laundry room are twofold: you need to be able to safely store cleaning products that don’t need to be spilled all over the place, and the shelves need to be able to withstand the humidity and changing temperatures of a laundry room, particularly one in a basement. By bringing in rust proof shelves you can help reduce the risk of spillage or damage to your shelves (or even your clothes) from bleach or powdered soap getting knocked over, and help withstand the humidity that’s bound to build up in there over time.

    Pantries/Food Storage

    Food storage, especially long-term storage of bigger quantities for all you Costco shoppers out there, is a pretty common concern in most homes. Rust proof shelving (and its sibling, wire shelving) is a common fixture in restaurants and food storage facilities for its ability to resist rust in the temperatures that food often needs to be stored in, as well as preventing the growth of bacteria.

    Even if you’re just storing dry goods at room temperature in a pantry, rust proof wire shelves are a great way to keep your food organized and safe - well, safe from everything except prying hands looking for a snack. Set some of these up in your pantry or basement and help keep your food safer, longer.

    The Garage

    Now, we know garage storage can be an entire story unto itself, but rust proof wire shelves are a great go-to when you have a garage in need of a little fixing up.

    As a lot of the stuff you keep in your garage is probably out there for a reason, it needs to be stored as safely as possible, and rust proof shelving is a good call for that. The coating means it can handle things like cleaning supplies, car paint, motor oil and other chemicals, and even some smaller power tools no problem. Better yet, for everyone without a heated garage (and realistically speaking, that’s most of us) the rust-proof coating can withstand cold & humidity to protect your stuff and prevent you from needing to replace your shelves after a cold winter.

    Got any other ideas about where to use rust proof shelving, or maybe you just want to see what shelves work best for which room? Drop a comment below or contact The Shelving Store today!

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  5. Kid-Proof Your Kitchen Pantry

    Whether you’ve got little ones of your own or you’re just expecting to see the grandkids a lot, you’ve probably got some experience in needing to kid-proof your home. There’s all the big rooms people need to take care of - living room, kitchen, anything with a lot of cords and electrical outlets, you know the routine. But what about the smaller, out-of-the way places? Your little ones are going to figure out how to open doors eventually, which means you’ll have even more places to keep safe from the little ones.

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