Traditionally, shelves were made from wood,
with shelves hidden in closets
from pine or particle board and
More recently, wire shelves have
popularity because of their lower
are some tips to help you decide
of shelving material to use.
- solid wood - use solid wood for small, dry
items (such as books); choose a high quality
wood for staining and/or sealing or choose
any knot-free wood for painting
- coated wood - excellent for pantries or other
areas where you are concerned about spills
or condensation, plastic coated shelves come
in standard sizes and simulated wood finishes.
Test the shelf to make sure it won't sag
under the load you intend to place on it.
- wire shelves - great for pantries or bedroom
closets, wire shelves allow air circulation
from underneath and can incorporate features
like a clothes rod at the edge of the self.
Only draw back is that small objects can
slip between the wires.