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Placement of Storage Shelves

You've probably already heard that vertical storage is a better idea than traditional storage for a number of reasons. One - it allows you to maximize your space. Two - it's cheaper – and three - it can look stylish.

But when it comes to the placement of your storage shelves - does anything go?

If you're looking add storage with shelves - maybe it's time to think about where you're putting them in order to provide the maximum benefit for your needs – both practical and stylish.

Modern Ways to Arrange Your Shelves

The fun part about individual storage shelves is that you can place them in a variety of positions. You can arrange them at an angle to each other so that they create geometric patterns on their walls…

Or these shelves can be arranged to be symmetrical with other features of the room - like another bookshelf or a painting.

You might also want to choose to arrange the shelves in a straight pattern to give the illusion of a traditional free-standing shelf system. At the same time - you can store objects out of reach of others - while also helping to free up cabinet space and room in the rest of your home.

Making Sure They Are Secure Enough

Another thing to keep in mind is that you need to make sure your storage shelves are strong enough to hold the items you need them to hold. For example, if you want to store additional books - you need to be certain the shelves can support the weight.

Here are some ways to make sure this is a practical thought:
  • Use additional brackets on the bottom of the shelf if you plan to store more weight than is indicated on the package.
  • Test the shelf overnight with a heavy and non-breakable object to see if they will stay in place.
  • Use screws instead of nails to help secure the shelves to the walls.
  • Try to secure the shelves into the frame of your walls or use anchors to give the shelf more support.

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind

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While storage shelves are more of a practical investment - they're not going to last very long if you don’t watch out for the reality of their use. For instance, if you live in an area with a high probability of earthquakes - you might want to add additional support or make sure you don't store anything heavy or breakable on them.

In addition - storage shelves in your garage should be secured to the wall, even if they are meant to be free-standing. This will ensure that your shelves and the things they store stay in place.

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