Friday, April 18, 2008
Want to make the most of your closet space, and also make it easy to get to things at the back of those low cabinets? Installing pull-out shelves might be a good option.
The Shelf Conversions exhibit at the NAPO conference was impressive; it's a bit hard to see well, but with this ingenious arrangement, when you pull out the one shelf, you can pull over the shelf from that hard-to-reach corner.
These glide-out shelves are custom-built (in the U.S.), so they can be built to work around your pipes. And they can be built to store serving platters, pot lids, or almost anything else. (See photo below.) My fellow organizer Monica Ricci has spoken highly of Shelf Conversions, and I trust her opinion.
Update on Oct. 16, 2009: It seems that Shelf Conversions makes the Glide-Out shelving sold through ShelfGenie franchises. The link above, to shelfconversions.com, now redirects to shelfgenie.com. But there are some Shelf Conversions dealers who are not yet ShelfGenie franchisees.
But of course, there are many other options, and alternatives suited to many different budgets. Here are just a few.
Rev-A-Shelf is a name I've known for years.
Rolling Shelves, not surprisingly, makes rolling shelves.
If you are handy, you could make your own pull-out shelf; This Old House tells you how to do that.
And to get some of the same benefits, you could install pull-out cabinet organizers, made by companies such as Simplehuman , Rubbermaid and Whitney Design.