*Five years ago, I was given the title “Uses for Wire Shelving” for publication on eHow. The article was originally published on March 26, 2010. It is no longer published on eHow or anywhere else so I am free to publish it here.
Wire shelving provides a versatile and inexpensive way to organize your dorm room, home, garage and office. Wire units can usually be linked together to create more storage space or taken apart for smaller areas. Spaces between the wires allow for ventilation or hanging items from the bottom. Check the weight limits on the packaging before placing items on the shelves.
Use wire shelving to organize your dorm room. With limited storage space in dorm closets, use wire shelving to store towels, washcloths, sweaters or shoes. Use heavy-duty wire shelving to store textbooks. Mount the shelves above the bed for storing stuffed animals or extra sheets, pillows and blankets. Slip hangers between the wires and underneath the shelves to hang clothing. Use wire shelving to mount a stereo on a wall and store CDs and DVDs. Lay a flat piece of cardboard or thin piece of plywood on the shelf to secure items that might fall through.
Pantry and Kitchen Cabinets
Use wire shelving to store pantry items such as potato chip bags, paper plates, napkins, and cereal boxes. If you plan to store canned goods on wire shelving, be sure to check the weight limit on the packaging before mounting the shelves. You probably will need heavy-duty wire shelving units for heavy items. Mount the shelves in kitchen cabinets for storing plastic bowls, lids, cups, and coffee mugs. Use stackable wire shelving units to create an extra shelf or two in a kitchen cabinet for organizing dishes or pots and pans.
Mount wire shelves onto a wall in the garage or use a stackable unit in the corner for storing toys. Use the shelves to store the kids’ footballs, basketballs, other sports equipment, and small yard toys. Store seasonal household decorations on wire shelves in the garage. Keep lawn and garden chemicals and tools off the garage floor and out of the reach of children by placing them on high-mounted wire shelves.
Mount wire shelves in the laundry room. A unit placed just above the washer and dryer keeps laundry supplies handy. Use the shelves to organize folded laundry as it comes out of the dryer. Place a hanger between the wires and underneath the shelves to hang-dry damp clothing. If your laundry room doubles as an entryway from the garage, place a wire shelving unit by the door for storing wet, muddy shoes or damp raincoats and umbrellas as family members enter the house.
Keep your office neat and organized by storing filing boxes on heavy-duty wire shelving units. Store extra office supplies such as staplers, pens, notepads and unused file folders in boxes placed on wire shelves. Mount wire shelves in a waiting area and store books, magazines and other items for use by waiting clients. They may hang their coats and umbrellas in the space underneath the shelves.