Installing Storage Shelving
by Lee Wyatt
(last updated December 31, 2018)
Have you ever noticed that there never seems to really be enough storage around the home? One of the best ways to help solve this common problem is by installing storage shelving. Before you begin hammering away at some wood, and trying to make some new shelves, make sure that you have fully considered all of your options. Simply put, there are a few things that you will need to consider to make sure that are making the best possible decision for your new shelves.
- Decide on where you will install it. The very first thing that you will need to decide on when installing storage shelving is where you will be installing it. Stop and think about what your needs are, and what type of storage you need the most, and make your decision based in part on that. For example, are you in need of storing some tools, paint, and even car parts? If so, you may want to think about installing some shelves in your garage. However, if you are in need of some storage for your arts and crafts hobbies, then you are probably going to want to install the shelves in your craft room, or somewhere a little more accessible than the garage.
- Prefabricated shelving. One of the more common types of storage shelving that you could choose would be those which are prefabricated. These shelves can most often be purchased at your local home improvement store, and can be a viable option. In most cases, this type of shelving (which often include some type of door or covering) should be used only when you need to secure items from easy access. For example, if you have children or pets then you may want to consider using these kinds of shelving to help keep harsh chemicals or paints away from those who really don't need to get into it.
- Custom shelving. Custom shelving is often another shelving option. In this case, custom shelving is meant when you design and install your own shelving. This is a great option to use when you have a specific style in mind, or specific needs that you need to have filled.
- Hire a professional. If you really want to get some truly spectacular storage shelves installed, then you can't go wrong with hiring a professional. However, this method for installing storage shelving is usually the single most expensive method so should be considered very carefully before you utilize it. Make sure that you discuss your needs and wants completely before you have your contractor begin working on the project.
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