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Tips on shopping for shelving

Shelves are one of the most basic and affordable forms of storage available. They are used for storing and organizing everything from books to tools to cookware. When you go shopping for a shelf system, it is important to make sure that the shelves you select are appropriate for your storage needs.

Book Shelves

When shopping for book shelves, you will first need to decide between wall shelves and a bookcase. A bookcase is a great option if you have the floor space available. These units can fit snugly up against a wall or in a corner. Bookcases come in several sizes, from basic three- and four-shelf units to bookcases that stretch from the floor to the ceiling. Wall shelves are a better option if you don't have floor space to work with, or if your floors are uneven or carpeted.

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Wood Shelves

Wood shelves are very attractive and can be used for storing books, knick knacks, cookware and collectibles. When shopping for wood shelves, select a shelf system that will accommodate the items that you plan to place on the shelf. For example, if you will be using the shelves to display a model car with dimensions of 6 inches by 10 inches, then your shelving unit will need to be at least 6.5 inches by 10.5 inches. In addition to the dimensions, consider the finish of the wood shelves. The finish needs to complement your existing decor.

Metal Shelves

If you have items that are heavy or industrial in nature, then metal shelves are a better option than wood shelves. Metal shelves are traditionally associated with garage storage, and they are commonly installed in workshops and basements. However, they can also make an interesting addition to kids' and teens' bedrooms. Stainless steel is a good option for kitchen shelving since it is so easy to clean. When shopping for metal shelves, make sure that they are designed to handle the weight of the items you plan to place on them and that they have a finish that will prevent rusting and flaking. If you will be adding the metal shelves to a bedroom, also make sure that the edges of the shelves are blunt so that they won't cause cuts or scratches.

Written by Eisla Sebastian