Entries from June 2013 ↓

Dorm Room Shelving for the Next Semester

It is never too early to start planning for your first year of dorm life. Even though it is only mid-summer right now, it takes a lot of planning to ensure that your dorm experience is a positive one. One way to ensure you are neat and organized as a roommate is to have the appropriate dorm room shelving to store all of your things.

One mistake new students often make when moving into the dorms is that they bring way too much of their stuff. You need to remember you will be sharing this space with between one and four other people, and there simply is not that much room for everybody’s things. With dorm room shelving, portability and a compact footprint are a must.

Because you want to avoid having wide shelving that takes up a lot of room, I recommend using shelf units that have four or more individual shelves. That way you can give your room a lot of shelving space without taking up valuable floor space.

Another thing to look for when you are purchasing dorm room shelving is to see if they fold down. Not only is this a great resource for bringing the shelving in, it also makes it easy to pack up when it is time to move out of the dorm at the end of the year.

The best kind of dorm room shelving:

The Narrow Folding Bookcase is the perfect choice for your dorm room shelving. This unit has four shelves and a narrow footprint that does not take up much floor space. It is made from solid wood, giving it excellent durability and a long-lasting quality, which is a must-have feature for any dorm room (you kids are hard on things!).

Dorm Room Shelving

Obviously just one bookcase will not be enough to store all of your dorm room items, but keep looking into other shelving units so you can have a complete dorm storage system.

Wall Mounted Display Shelves Vs. Your Cat

Don’t get me wrong – I am definitely a huge lover of felines. Their cute little faces, eccentric quirks and playful attitude make them a joy to be around. However there is one thing about cats that drives me crazy. And that is when they get up on a shelf and start rubbing their facing against things. I cannot even begin to estimate how many nice vases, picture frames and artwork have been lost to an out-of-control cat. There is one way to keep kitties away from your valuables, and that is to use wall mounted display shelves.

Wall Mounted Display Shelves

Somebody stop that kitty!

Why wall mounted display shelves?

You see, most shelves serve almost like a ladder for your cat, allowing him or her to find a way to the summit, where they can rub their faces on all of your stuff. If there is even the slightest chance of a cat climbing up on your shelving unit, you can bet your bottom dollar that they will find a way. Cats are amazing creatures in this way – nothing gets between them and their face-rubbing.

So like I said, a great way to prevent your cat from destroying all of your precious belongings is to place them on wall mounted display shelves. These shelves are better than your typical shelving units for a variety of reasons.

First of all, they “float” on the wall, leaving no route for your cat to climb up. Unless your cat has some sort of Spiderman power, he will be completely unable to reach the pinnacle.

A second feature of wall mounted display shelves is that you can place them at any height along the wall! I know some cats that are amazing jumpers, but if you install the display shelf above a certain height, there is no way a cat is getting up there.

So if you have issues with your cat destroying all of your valuables, replacing your stand-alone shelving units with a series of wall mounted display shelves like this wall mounted glass shelf!

Outdoor Storage Shelves For Summer Recreation

With the weather getting nicer and the likelihood that my gardening will actually be successful, it is time to look at some outdoor storage shelves! Whether it is home improvement, gardening or just recreation that is on your docket, shelves for your outdoor space are a convenient storage addition.

I am lucky enough to live in a drier climate than most in the United States. There is a reason they say “it never rains in Southern California”. And that is because it does not rain here, especially in the summer. So for my outdoor shelving needs, I do not need to worry as much about rotting or moisture damage. However, I am open-minded enough to realize that the rest of the country does not really share this climate advantage.

So for those that need an outdoor storage shelves that can survive a few summer-time thunder storms, I would recommend the Montego Bay Multi-Purpose Storage Cabinet. This incredibly durable cabinet is made from Shorea wood, which is moisture and UV resistant. Additionally, this cabinet is specifically designed for optimal drainage, so you don’t get pools of water collection on the shelves.

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An option that does not involve any outdoor storage shelves

That cabinet is a great choice for your gardening tools and other outdoor items. For those that are more recreationally-minded, there are great storage options for the yard. The Deck Box Outdoor Storage Box is a perfect choice for storing your summertime recreational accessories.

While it is not really outdoor storage shelves, this item is a must-have for anyone that wants to keep their sporting equipment and playthings in tip-top shape through the summer. Plus, it makes a great seat in the yard when the lid is closed!

There are many other outdoor storage shelves out there. For instance, a great alternative to a wood cabinet is a strongly-finished set of metal shelves, which are also very resistant to the outdoor elements. One advantage of the metal shelves is that they are much less likely to warp.

With these tips in mind, you will be able to enjoy this summer and have convenient storage right at your fingertips!