When it comes to home organization, most of the time you have to choose between functionality and design. However, when it comes to wood shelving, there is almost always a perfect combination of form and function that sacrifices neither the appearance that we desire nor the features that we need. Wooden shelving can be a classy and timeless addition to the office or any room of the house.
There are many different styles of wood shelves available. From pieces that are built into the wall to freestanding wood shelving units, from a few simple wood shelf brackets to being part of a larger piece of office furniture, wooden shelving systems can be found in almost any style.
You can find wood shelving at many different places. There are benefits unique to each of these distributors. Ikea offers varied styles with unique designs. They have a large selection of decorative wood shelves available for you to browse through online. This enables you to see what designs are available without even having to leave your home. The downside of this model is that while you may find a wooden shelf design that you fall in love with, once you see the product in person, the quality of the shelves may be less than adequate.
The Home Depot and other home improvement stores often have many different designs in stock. Their warehouse-based sales style gives you many different wood shelving choices in one stop, but may leave you at a loss for information about the quality of the products that a specialty store with less inventory would be able to give you. Even office supply stores such as Office Max and Staples have a section of their stores designated for presenting office furniture and things more along the line of industrial shelving units.
Once you choose the wood shelves for your home, you have a few different options for actually getting it home and having it set up. While some wood shelving units are sold pre-assembled, depending on the size, it may be difficult to transport these to your home. If you are handy, you may choose to assemble the shelving yourself. If you choose to do this, make sure that you have all the necessary tools before you start this job. These may include a level, drill, screws, splints (to help level the shelves), a pencil and the assembly instructions. Should you decide that you don’t want to spend the time assembling your new wooden shelves on your own, many stores off in-home assembly for an extra fee. Keep in mind that these employees may not care as much about perfect leveling or be as aware of great-aunt Edna’s vase sitting on the table next to your new shelf’s spot.
No matter what wood shelving unit you choose, it is imperative that you attach it to the wall using the proper furniture strap. These straps are available at most home improvement stores or online with retailers such as preparedness.com or earthquakecatalog.com. Make sure that the strap that you select is labeled for the height and weight of your shelves. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installing these. Even if you don’t live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, an earthquake strap can help keep the shelving from tipping over from other causes as well.
After all, after finding the perfect wood shelving for your home or office, you will want to protect it and treasure it for years to come.