Every house needs shelves. It is a proven fact that individuals in modern society are materialistic and accumulate many items that pervious generations would have thought of as luxuries. Storage space is therefore very welcome in the average home.
However, we all have different wants and needs, and having to buy items that come as they are can be a pain when you are not quite sure what you are looking for. That’s where contemporary shelving units come in.
Contemporary shelving units are just that; designed and purposely modern storage spaces. However, they are different to the usual shelving units you can buy. Instead of coming in fixed sizes, every unit comes with the tools to make the shelves as large or as small as you need them.
They take on the appearance you design to suit your needs. The width, depth and height of each unit can be altered time and again, as often as you like providing you have the space to do so.
Things To Think About
Contemporary Shelving Units are great for storing all manner of things from clothes to CDs, toys to books… the choice is yours. However, there are some things to consider before actually investing in your desired shelving unit.
Firstly, you need to have an idea of where you would actually put it. As a result of the versatile nature of contemporary shelving units, they can be quite large and need space to erect. Will you have enough space to place a large unit where you like? If not, how would you alter the unit to fit? These are both questions that need to be answered.
Skirting boards and ceilings must be taken into consideration when you are planning to place your contemporary shelving unit. They are designed to take great weights, up to 100kgs per shelf, but as a result must be secured to a wall if they are more height than width. The problem is, skirting boards may prevent you being able to do that. It is better to think about this sort of thing before you buy.
Erecting And Altering Shelving Units
Units are easy enough to erect and do not need specialist tools. A screwdriver is all you will need because the necessary supports and attachments will come with the contemporary shelving unit itself. The instructions in each unit are extremely simple because it is easy enough to do the first time, depending on how you want your shelves to be set up.
Wall fixing is the hardest part because you have to stabilize the unit whilst trying to connect it, which can be a tiresome process. The attachments to hold the unit can be connected to the wall via drilling and to the unit via screwdriver. Be completely sure of its final location before you do this because moving it would rewuire you to fill the hole in the wall too.
Altering contemporary shelving units may be required, hence why you bought that sort of unit. However, it is actually harder to take apart and reassemble than it is to initially erect it. Every time it is altered, it will weaken the joint somewhat, and it proves more difficult to pull apart.
The attachments were designed to hold it in place against great weights so it will resist any attempt to collapse it. By all means use tools, but be wary of the consequences.
It may be necessary to pull a joint out with pliers, but be careful not to damage the joint itself because it may not fit as snugly in future. Also, separating an upright from a backboard may require the leverage of a knife or screwdriver, which could also leave marks on the wood itself.
Contemporary shelving units are great in theory, especially if you have a strangely shaped room or awkward place to fill. However, once they have gone up they shouldn’t come down. Stores like IKEA and Shelfstore use this as a marketing tool, but the theory isn’t always what happens in practice.