Wire Shelving vs. Wood Shelving

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Custom Closets – Wire Shelving vs. Wood Shelving – Which is Better?

Wire shelving vs. wood shelving – which should you buy? So, you’re building a custom closet system and you don’t know whether to go with wire or solid surface shelving. Both can be used for clothes closets, pantries, storage rooms, utility rooms, garage and other storage areas, but one may be better suited for your particular needs.

Consider your application. Are you going to be storing heavy items such as electronics components on it? You might opt for a laminated freedomRail shelving system, as it has a higher load-bearing rating.

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Are you looking for something inexpensive that you may reconfigure or relocate at a later date (say you are designing a nursery closet with storage requirements that will change as your child grows)? If so, you may want to use wire, as it’s lightweight, inexpensive and less cumbersome to disassemble and reconfigure.

If your home is not the one you will end up staying in, you may also opt for wire for the same reasons as above. It’s a little less in the way of investment, but it still looks fresh and neat, and is extremely customizable and modular.

Here are two short lists of benefits and features to help you in your wood shelving vs. wire shelving decision-making process:

Benefits of Wire Shelving

  • Wire is coated steel that is sturdy, yet lightweight, making it easy to transport, install and customize.
  • Wire is ventilated, which allows air to circulate around your stored items.
  • Wire allows you to see what you have stored on shelves (you know how things get “pushed to the back” and lost forever?).
  • Wire accessories such as baskets have the same benefits as above (visibility).
  • Wire is usually a less expensive option to wood and laminates.
  • Wire, while handsome in appearance, is often what people go with in a first home, or when on a budget.

Benefits of Wood or Solid-Surface Shelving

  • Solid, beefy surface can hold lots of weight and has a substantial, even stately appearance, depending on the laminate.
  • Stored items (including small pieces) are fully supported and won’t “fall through,” as with the ventilated wire shelving.
  • A multitude of finishes are available to match your home decor.
  • Engineered wood substrate is super-stable and resistant to warping.
  • Lots of drawers, shoe bins and customized accessories are available for configuring your dream closet.

wire pantry shelves organized livingWire shelving vs. wood shelving? We’ve laid it out for you, now the choice is yours. You can build an attractive, functional system out of either, but assess your needs and your budget before purchasing. Both systems are super-easy to install yourself and offer add-on accessories, such as bins and baskets, for versatile organization. Organize-It carries high-end, Organized Living laminated freedomRail and ventilated wire shelving. Organize-It also offers Organized Living’s freedomRail lines of wire shelving to fit a range of needs and budgets. One more thing to note is that our wire shelving is high-end and super-sturdy with strong support systems (not the common flimsy type you’ll find in a lot of hardware stores). There’s really no comparison in quality. You definitely won’t be disappointed by any of our closet systems.

For help designing your closet system, call 248-299-3350.


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Clothes Hangers – Closet Details

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Clothes Hangers – the Inexpensive Way to Revamp Your Closet

Clothes hangers are often the last thing we think of when organizing our clothes and yet, they are an important detail that makes a world of difference in the efficiency of our closets. If you default to the wire dry cleaners’ hangers or the plastic clothes hanger that came with your garment purchase, you likely have a mixed jumble of odd-sized, mismatched hangers that are not necessarily tuned to your wardrobe needs. Read on for an opportunity to reevaluate your hanger collection and optimize your closets for maximum space and organization. And here’s another thing – clothes hangers are one of the least expensive ways to organize your closet – and some designs utilize vertical space, making your closet instantly bigger.

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1. Multi-Tiered Clothes Hangers – Use that Vertical Space in Your Closet

Is your closet overstuffed with slacks and skirts hung on single hangers? Why not stack them using multi-tiered hangers? Think of all the horizontal space you will free up in your closet – plus, you won’t have to spend as much time rummaging for your slacks, skirts and jeans.

2. Padded Clothes Hangers – Protect Delicate Sweaters and Knits

Padded hangers help protect delicate garments from snagging, while retaining their shape. We’ve all experienced those ugly bumps and bulges that resulted in last minute ironing and fussing. A little extra care eliminates those problems and your sweaters will be grateful.

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3. Wooden Clothes and Coat Hangers – Support Coats and Heavy Suits and Components

If you’ve ever gone into your closet and found your favorite coat crumpled on the floor with a broken plastic hanger inside, I don’t need to explain this to you. Wooden hangers also take up more horizontal space, but this tends to give garments breathing room so that they’re less apt to wrinkle. If you have ample storage space, there’s no reason not to purchase matching wooden hangers for your entire closet. Wooden hangers look elegant and are also very efficient. Several wood types are available, but the cedar ones have the added benefit of deterring moths.

4. Children’s Hangers – Just the Right Size

Kid’s clothing hangers are smaller profile and utilize space more efficiently – plus they are less apt to stretch out clothes. Acrylic and wooden ones are available to suit your needs.

5. Wire Hangers – Sleek, Modern and Sturdy

Wire hangers take up LESS horizontal space and are therefore ideal for cramped closet situations. Organize-It’s wire hangers are a step above dry cleaner varieties and come in a range of styles, including multi-tiered pant and skirt hangers and accessory hangers for scarves, belts and other items. Most are chrome finished and add a sleek look to a closet.

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6. Accessory Hangers – For All Those Extra Little Items

Scarves, belts and ties tend to get strewn about drawers and closets and are always the items that hold up your staging and make you late for work. Keep them all together with dedicated hanging storage solutions and your mornings will be less stressful. Promise.

7. Plastic Clothes Hangers – the Super-Inexpensive Way to Hang Clothes

Plastic clothes hangers are an inexpensive upgrade to your closet, and replacing all your hangers with matching ones standardizes the amount of space each garment occupies, making for a neater, more uniform appearance. They don’t provide the same amount of breathing space as a robust wooden hanger, but they give more than the standard wire hanger. Organize-It carries high-grade plastic and acrylic hangers in a variety of styles to suit your needs.

8. Non-Slip Clothes Hangers – No More Evening Wear on the Floor

Non-slip clothes hangers have foam padding to prevent sheer fabrics from slipping off the hangers. Some even have bendable arms to configure for your garment for extra holding power. These are fabulous for keeping lingerie, dresses and other slippery fabrics in place.

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9. Hanging Closet Shelves – Souped-Up Clothes Hangers

Hanging closet shelves are great for spaces that lack shelf or drawer space (think dorms and small bedrooms). Supplied with hangers made for standard closet rods, these provide multiple compartments for stacking sweaters, shoes, purses, shirts and other items. They are relatively inexpensive and make great temporary or permanent storage solutions in your home.

Regardless of your taste and storage needs, it’s important to consider the details when organizing your closet and, in this particular instance, thoughtfully-chosen clothes hangers are an inexpensive way to establish order in your closets, which makes your morning rituals less stressful. Many of Organize-It’s hangers include quantity discounts for multiple purchases too (be sure to sign up for coupons and promos at the bottom of the home page).

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