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.


For more freedomRail inspiration, check out this blog post on the Organize-It Blog.
*Photos courtesy of Organized Living.

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Five steps for a clean and organized garage

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Did you know that there’s a day dedicated solely to cleaning your garage? National Clean Your Garage Day takes place on the first Saturday after Labor Day every year, but it’s not too soon to get a jump on the mess. If there’s no room to park your car in the garage, it might be time for a good old fashioned throw and stow.

1. Declutter

Cleaning your garage takes a whole lot of elbow grease and some serious determination. Set aside at a full day, or even a weekend to get the job done. Get friends and family to pitch in to make the job both quick and entertaining.

Go through absolutely everything – boxes, bags and storage tubs – all of it! Sort items into three categories: keep, donate and toss. Sort the keepers into broad categories to be stored later. Anything you wish to donate should be taken where it needs to go as soon as possible. Don’t let it sit around and clutter things up!

garage12. Contain

Once you have your belongings sorted, you’ll need to contain them. Stackable clear-plastic bins with lids are your best option for larger items. Clear jars, painted soup cans or even kitchen food canisters are all handy for sorting hardware and small items.

Keep your kids’ toys contained in a safe corner of the garage away from any potential dangers (sharp tools, flammable liquids, chemicals, etc.) Make sure they are easily accessible and labeled with large print and graphics so little ones know what items belong to them.

3. Store

The best thing you can do to keep your garage clean is to store items off the floor whenever possible. You’ll free up room for your car and avoid large areas of clutter.

The garage ceiling is the perfect spot for hanging long, flat items you don’t use every day, such as ladders, lumber, skis and snowboards. Be sure to check clearance when hanging shelves from the ceiling so as not to interfere with your garage door’s operation or scrape the roof of your car.garage2

Pegboards are a great way to keep things off the floor. They are easy to install, can be cut to size, and painted to match your garage decor. They also keep things visible; you can draw the outline of the tools on the pegboard to easily tell at a glance if one is missing.

Use tool racks to keep garden tools, brooms and mops out from underfoot.

4. Secure

Chemicals are a common household danger for children and pets. Keep pesticides, paints, antifreeze, and other chemical substances in their original containers and in a locked cabinet. Teach kids what is and is not safe to touch and consider getting a sheet of Mr. Yuk stickers to warn children of poisons.

 

5. Maintain

Rain, leaves, bugs and dirt will find their way inside your garage if the doors aren’t sealed well.

John Morris of Gold Label Door explains, “Weather seals keep the weather out. This keeps the garage clean and dry.”

If the bottom of your garage door doesn’t sit flush with the floor, create a snug fit by attaching a rubberized threshold seal where the door lands to save some cleanup time.garage5

To keep seasonal insects at bay, use a pesticide perimeter treatment to stop them before they get it.

As for general maintenance:

  • Keep a bag of kitty litter for absorbing oil and grease spills.
  • Sweep and hose down the floor regularly.
  • Go through your belongings and donate or toss what you don’t need at least once a year.
  • Cleaning out your garage may seem like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little bit of help and a touch of organization, you’ll find yourself parking your car where it belongs before you know it.

Liz Greene hails from the beautiful city of trees, Boise, Idaho. She’s a lover of all things geek and is happiest when cuddling with her dogs and catching up on the latest Marvel movies. You can follow her on Twitter @LizVGreene.

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DIY Cedar Closet… A Saturday Project

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cedar closet DIY projectHappy New Year! In true clutter-control-freak style, I spent the weekend before the New Year cleaning out my bedroom closet. And at the same time, I decided to install cedar planks because I’ve always wanted a cedar closet. Nothing drives me crazy faster than pulling out a quality dress or sweater that I’ve “invested in” and finding moth holes in it, and cedar helps immensely with that as a natural insect-repellent. Installing a cedar closet is easier than you think.

It is a great beginner’s 1-day DIY project. Read more

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How I Fit My Entire Family In My Home For Thanksgiving

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crazy ThanksgivingAs I mentioned before in my previous post, this year the arduous task of hosting Thanksgiving for both sides of my family has fallen to me and my wife. As I was writing about the best way to store and preserve all of that leftover turkey and stuffing, I recalled another hurdle that I cleared the first time I hosted Thanksgiving:

“How am I going to fit all of those family members into my dining room?” Read more

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Vinyl’s Made A Comeback! Tips For Storing Record Albums

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State Faults As you may or may not know, one of the most popular formats for recorded music is once again the vinyl record. Though every time a new format made its debut as the “next big thing” – whether it was the cassette tape, compact disc, 8-track, or MP3- and the vinyl album would be written off as a thing of the past, they have actually held on quite well. In fact, many record labels that specialize in pressing vinyl records have bucked most music industry trends and actually seen increased sales and profits.

I will readily admit that I am certainly helping to contribute to these profits as I have been collecting vinyl records for the last 10 years or so. Read more

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Why I Just Can’t Let Go of my Vegetable Garden

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winter vegetablesFor me, gardening feeds my soul. Of course it’s fun if it feeds my belly too, but getting my hands in the dirt, daily watering and fertilizing make up one of the pleasures in life that make my heart sing. So why should I give this up during fall and winter, a time when, frankly, my soul needs all the calories it can get?

Luckily, I don’t have to stop gardening during the winter, and neither do you. Read more

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Coat Racks are Not Just for Coats

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hooks in laundry roomIf you could see the walls of my laundry room you would think I was on some kind of jacket-shopaholic kick, as I have no less than four 5-hook coat racks mounted to the wall. Yet I don’t have a single coat hanging from these hooks. Turns out coat racks are one of the best and brightest organizers in town, and I happily make use of them all over my home.

In the laundry room I have them mounted one right over the other in two rows, which allows me to best utilize the vertical space on what is otherwise a wasted wall. I hang everything from my gym bag to jump ropes, lost and found items and more on these 20 hooks. Since it is the laundry room, aesthetics are less important. Read more

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Winterize Your Home – Part 2

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mulcherNow that we’ve had our fun in the garden, it’s time to get serious about winterizing our homes.

But don’t worry, we’ll keep it simple.

We are not going to cover some of the more serious items, like pipes, as you may want to turn to a professional for those important items. Instead, we will focus on what the average person can do to get ready for winter. Read more

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