by Karen Bates
(last updated October 9, 2015)
A common issue in many homes is a lack of storage space. Especially if you live in a somewhat small or oddly-shaped space, you have probably realized that you don't have a place to put something at one time or another. In this situation, items can pile up and create a cluttered, disorganized appearance. But what else can you do if you don't exactly have enough space in the room to fit a normal set of shelves?
One easy way to create more storage space in a tight area is to use custom shelving. By customizing your shelf situation, you can build shelves to fit the space that you have to work with. You can add custom shelving to closets, pantries, cupboards, corners, walls, or wherever you can make them work. Shelves add storage space and accessibility to items in your home and can prevent messes and lost things.
Custom shelves can be made with various materials. You can use different kinds of wood, metal, glass, or whatever works best for you. You can either build your shelves from scratch or use existing shelves, renovating them to suit your needs.
The first step in the process of putting in custom shelving is to assess the situation. How much storage do you need? How much space do you have to work with? What materials will work in the area? Take measurements and notes before you get into the project.
Next, collect your materials. You may need tools for the job like a drill, a sander, and a saw, plus other supplies like boards and screws. You can buy new supplies, or even recycle from old shelving units or pieces of wood or other materials left over from past projects. If you are building a fairly small shelf, for instance, you could definitely recycle bits and pieces from other old pieces of furniture. You can come up with a very unique look for your custom shelves, or simply go with something traditional that will fit the area just right.
Part of the process may call for re-finishing or painting your custom shelving. Choose colors that go well with the decor in the area where you will be placing the shelves. Paint and finish can give new life and an exciting look to a room or an old shelving unit.
By putting in custom shelving, you can create storage space that will fit perfectly in any area of your home. Measure carefully for a great fit and have fun with your project!
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