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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