December 6th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
Here on Shelves Blog, we have discussed where to store winter clothing in the off-season so you don’t have a big mess in your closet, basement or attic during the spring and summer. However, what we have not discussed yet is where to store those things during the winter when you are actually going to use them. The right kind of winter clothing storage is important so you don’t have to spend tons of time digging through unmanageable crates and boxes looking for your clothing.
Winter clothing is typically heavier than your year-round clothing, which makes it harder to fit your entire wardrobe into your typical clothing storage furniture. In this way winter clothing storage presents a unique dilemma. You want to be able to store those coats, jackets, scarves and thermals efficiently, but also in a way that you can find what you are looking for quickly and easily.
However, you do not want to get something that is too bulky either. This is mainly because the furniture you choose will only serve as winter clothing storage for a portion of the year. There is nothing worse than having a big bulky piece of storage furniture that is only used for one quarter of the year. I suppose it would be great if you could find a way to use this winter clothing storage for something else during the summer. Perhaps bathing suit storage?
One great choice for winter clothing storage is the 6 Basket Storage Shelf. What I like about this shelf is that it provides six different space for different types of winter clothing storage. The fabric boxes are easy to slide in and out of the cubby spaces, and they are spacious enough for a couple of coats and more.
Even better, this storage shelf looks great and can be used throughout the year. The compact footprint of the shelf allows it to fit in well no matter what room you use it in.
November 27th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
One of the best things about Thanksgiving is all of the football that there is to watch. There are almost always classic match-ups, with the Lions and Cowboys traditionally being featured. These two historic teams have a lot of heated rivalries, so it always makes for an entertaining day. However, when the game gets exciting during mealtime, it is great to be able to move to the couch and use folding TV trays to eat with!
Folding TV trays are not just a great choice for the holidays; they are a great accessory for any meal. Whether it is March Madness, the NHL Stanley Cup or even the Pro-Bowl, these trays come in handy and make it easy to eat on the sofa and in front of the TV. The Bay Shore 5 Piece Rectangular Tray Table Set is a great choice.
I mean, folding TV trays are pretty much one of the most American things in the world. So why not utilize them on what is probably the second-most American holiday (behind the Fourth of July of course). That way you can feel really great about how patriotic you are while you watch enormous men beat the pulp out of each other while you simultaneously consume way too much stuffing.
And folding TV trays are great because they also give you the ability to stow them away in a closet. There is nothing worse than having TV trays that cannot be folded sitting all over your home, making you look like a cluttered slob. These amazing folding TV trays can be discreetly placed behind a door, in a small linen closet or even under the sink!
So this year, don’t miss a single exciting play from America’s Favorite Team, or the Detroit Lie-Downs! These trays will revolutionize the way you enjoy your turkey feasts. Just be sure not to get too excited and spill the cranberry sauce!
November 21st, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Kitchen Shelves
With the holidays fast approaching, the time is nigh to evaluate your kitchen shelving situation. This is especially important for those that are hosting the holiday meals this year. But if you are just going to be a guest, you are not quite off of the hook. A good guest always brings something to share with the party, and if you do not have the appropriate kitchen shelving space, making these treats is going to be quite an arduous task.
So the first rule of thumb when selecting kitchen shelving is to find something that is versatile. Most kitchens do not have a ton of extra space, so getting something that has a 2-in-1 feature (or even better, a 3-in-1 feature) is extremely desirable. So that means something that provides storage areas as well as organizational tools, and of course a food preparation surface at the top.
So what kind of kitchen shelving should I get?
What kind of kitchen shelving fits this definition, nearly to a “T”? Well of course this kitchen shelving is known as a kitchen cart! Most of these carts, such as the Dolly Madison Prep n Serve Kitchen Cart, are made from solid wood, giving excellent strength and durability. The top of the kitchen cart features a butcher block that makes it ideal for chopping and dicing.
Another great feature of kitchen carts such as the Dolly Madison is the fact that they are set on casters. Casters are also known as wheels, and they make it super easy to move the cart around the kitchen. This comes in handy when you have made a very heavy dish that needs to be moved to the kitchen table. Instead of risking a 20 foot walk through the hallway, just wheel the cart to the table and make it a 1-foot journey.
With a small footprint this kitchen cart doesn’t take up very much floor space, which is highly desirable for most kitchen shelving. So be ready for your next big holiday meal with this kitchen shelving cart!
November 14th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
I have a friend that is staying with me for a few weeks while he finds an apartment. He just got a new job and is new to the area, so I figured I’d be a good pal and help him out. However, my wife and I had just moved to a brand new apartment ourselves, and found that we were severely lacking in storage space. I searched for guest shelving, and what came up is a unique idea for increasing the storage space in a smaller home.
What while this product may not solve our guest shelving dilemma, but it certainly puts a dent in our need! This Spa Bath tower can be used in a bathroom (such as we did) or can even go into the bedroom. It sort of looks like a furniture piece for the bathroom, but with a hamper component it is basically being begged to be in the bedroom.
The hamper is perfect because it provides a place for your guest to keep his or her clothing when it gets dirty. The upper shelves are perfect for storing perfume, cologne, a watch, jewelry, and any other accessories your visitor may need in their guest shelving.
The lower hamper has a front opening door that makes it easy to access your dirty clothing. It is a good idea for a house guest to have their own laundry hamper, so as to encourage them to do their own laundry. Nothing is worse than doing your friends laundry because they don’t have the proper guest shelving!
Of course, this tower is really quite versatile and is by no means strictly intended as guest shelving. The handsome dark finish, solid wood construction and variety of shelving make it a perfect long-term fixture in your bathroom or in the bedroom.
November 8th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves, Shelf Organization, Shelf Storage
Lately I have been getting a lot of requests to write a blog entry about garden shelving for the winter. You see living in sunny Southern California, where the winter is just as perfect a growing season as the summer and spring, I forget that some people do not have this luxury. All across the United States, folks are putting away their gardening supplies in preparation for a long and arduous winter season. Here is the best winter garden shelving suggestions my naïve Californian mind could come up with.
The most important aspect of winter garden shelving is how well it protects your garden supplies from the elements. That means weather-proofing is incredibly important. There is nothing worse than getting a ton of snow all over your supplies, or them getting drenched and eventually rusting through.
With that in mind, I would recommend forgoing the traditional wood shelving in favor of winter garden shelving that is a little bit more weather-proof. This also means skipping metal shelving, which eventually just rusts away and falls apart. Instead, look for something that is made from synthetic materials. What is great about synthetic shelving is that it is as comfortable in the winter as it is in the summer. You can avoid rusting, warping, rotting and other pitfalls that come with using natural materials in your shelving.
With winter garden shelving, quality is much more important than quantity. If you are doing things right, you plan out your growing seasons and have as little disposable materials (such as fertilizer, seeds, etc) left over at the end. That means you just need to store the tools you will need every year.
Or you could just go big or go home and get an entire shed and forget about any pretense of preparation. There is not a single winter garden shelving option out there that could possibly trump something like the Backyard Garden Storage Building. This thing is pretty much built with the singular mission of keeping your garden supplies safe and organized.
November 1st, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Floating Shelves, Wood Shelves
There really is nothing like the holidays. Seeing all of that family, sometimes for the first time in a year can be a really rewarding and comforting experience. It can also be incredibly stressful and nerve-wracking. This goes double if you are the one hosting the holiday festivities. You just know that the second she walks through the front door, Mom is going to cluck her tongue in disapproval at your poor holiday presentation. However, with the help of a holiday display shelf, you can transform that cluck of disapproval to a chuckle of delight! Believe it or not, this décor piece is really not all that difficult to achieve.
Just a few easy steps for a holiday display shelf
The first thing you need to complete your holiday display shelf is, of course, a shelf. Now, there are many schools of thought on what makes the perfect holiday display shelf. I am of the opinion that a floating shelf provides the best effect. With those ugly braces and stands, your shelf looks as if it is seamlessly attached to the wall. That leaves you with less time camouflaging and more time to decorate! I would recommend the Modern Display Ledge Wall Shelf.
Once you have your shelf installed, the next step is adding some personalized décor. This will greatly depend on what holiday it is you are celebrating. For my Christian friends, a nativity scene is a great choice for your holiday display shelf. For those that celebrate Hanukah, this holiday display shelf is the perfect place for a menorah. For those celebrating Eid al-Adha, perhaps looking into some crescent moon shaped décor to display (not really a big holiday for decorating).
I know this wasn’t the most in depth tutorial I have ever presented, but I suppose the point is to show how easy it is get your home looking great for the holidays. If you can’t figure it out from here, maybe you really do deserve that cluck of disapproval from mother!
October 30th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
One way to cut down on the clutter in your home is to utilize winter season storage. Typically there are things you need in the summer and things you need in the winter, so why have all of these items lying around your house causing a mess? Instead, keep them stored away so you can add organization to the home, plus you will know exactly where to find your stowed away stuff.
There are a few ways to go about achieving the perfect winter season storage set up. You can jump through a bunch of hoops, building your own storage system from metal, wood or even plastic. If you build it yourself, I guess the biggest benefit is the knowledge that you have created a high quality product for off season storage. Of course, if you are not a great handyman, perhaps you won’t be quite so sure?
Plus, that all takes a ton of time. And who has time to build an entire winter season storage rack. Especially when you consider that there are perfectly good pre-built storage options available out there. These pre-built storage racks provide ample space for all of your out-of-season items, such as those flip flops, pool toys, warm weather clothing and more!
The best option that I have come across for winter season storage is the 12-Tote Model Storage System. What makes this a great off season storage option is that it provides ample space for storage while still having a compact footprint. That way you can really increase the amount of storage in your home without eating up a bunch of floor space.
Of course, you don’t need to use this amazing bin storage rack for off season storage alone. This bin rack makes it easy to access everything that is stored within, so even if you need to keep everyday items in there, you will still be able to get to them with ease!
October 24th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves, Garage Shelves
If you have been keeping up with my posts on Shelves Blog lately, you would be aware of the fact I am in the process of moving to a new apartment. In fact, I have finished moving and now am in the process of getting organized in the new home. Although my wife and I moved into a two bedroom over our previous one bedroom, we did not gain a whole lot of square footage. However we were given a storage cube in the basement of the building. Here are a few storage space organization ideas I came up with while trying to figure out how to best utilize this bonus storage area.
Not all apartments provide the luxury of having a mini “storage locker” on the premises. While the 4 foot wide by four foot deep by 6 feet tall cube is not exactly enormous, it does provide some great storage opportunities. Storage space organization can be a bit of a dicey proposition, because if you are not careful the storage items end up costing you more space than the save.
The first idea for storage space organization is utilizing storage totes, such as the 20 Gallon Latch Tote from Sterilite. This is especially helpful if you want to store a whole lot of smaller items. Instead of piling them in bags or something else, these stackable totes are a great way to keep them safe and organized. The totes are made from plastic, which provides better protection from dust and moisture than, say a cardboard box.
If you are looking to store items that you need to be able to access, a small shelf such as the Pine Stacking Shelf is a perfect storage space organization tool. This shelf is made from sturdy solid wood and offers a variety of storage surfaces for your garage needs. I use it to store our toolbox and other heavy chemicals we do not want to keep in the home.
Even though these are very simple touches for an additional storage area, they really can make a big different. It is very important to keep storage space organization in mind. That way your storage cube does not become a big pile of “stuff” that you just keep adding to.
October 15th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
When it comes to storing the dirty and grimy things in your home, you definitely do not want to keep that inside. Getting items such as dirty shoes, garden supplies, tools or cleaning supplies organized can be a difficult task. This is where garage shelving is a great choice for your home.
Garage shelving offers a sturdy and spacious area to store those items and more without making your home a mess. I have seen people try to shove all of their messy possessions into the home to save money and space in the garage. Nine times out of 10 the result is a very messy home and really, not all that much space saved.
So instead of foolishly trying to save space in your garage for both of your cars, invest in some garage shelving. Yes you will probably have to park one of your cars on the side of the road, or maybe even in the driveway (or you could jump on the trend of homes eliminating their second car). But the amount of organization you gain is well worth that sacrifice.
There are a wide variety of garage shelving options that are available for your home. Personally, I prefer shelving that has a nice sturdy metal frame and durable solid wood planks that serve as the shelves. The perfect example of this kind of garage shelving is the Five Shelf Heavy Duty Steel Storage Rack.
This rack is amazing because it can hold up to 700 pound on each shelf. For those that don’t know, 700 pounds per shelf is a lot of weight. If you add it up, that is 700 times five. That equals 3500. That means this sturdy garage shelving is able to hold up to one and three quarters tons! You could practically store a car on these shelves – maybe that car that has been bumped from the garage due to amazing garage shelving!
October 9th, 2013 — Eyepoppingly Cool Shelves
One of the things I dislike most about living in a small apartment is the lack of green space. While there are a quite a few apartments with outdoor space in my city, for some reason we have always ended up with places that are severely lacking in open outdoor areas. Having plants all around is a great way to lift your spirits and add a touch of décor to your home. Luckily there are some ways to make space for greenery in your small apartment – the best of which is using a corner display shelf!
Because most apartments that do not have outdoor space are usually pretty small, you need to be thrifty with the size of the shelf. Using a large, bulky shelf can take up valuable floor space. If you decide to go with a wall-mounted shelf, you do not lose floor space but it can be too conspicuous in the home. That is why it is a great choice to go with a corner display shelf.
A corner display shelf provides plenty of space for a hanging vine, a tomato plant, a colorful display of flowers, or even an herb garden! Despite providing plenty of room for a little greenery in your apartment, a corner display shelf takes up absolutely no floor space and has a very inconspicuous appearance. There is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work and being able to pick some fresh vegetables for a homemade salad!
One great corner display shelf for your indoor green space is the Corner Shelf by Creative Connectors. This simple floating corner shelf provides a great space for any type of plant, and is very easy to install. Be sure to mount the corner shelf to the studs in your home, especially if you are using a large potted plant. While this corner display shelf is very sturdy, it needs support to prevent your indoor garden from crashing to the floor!