Comparing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Modular Shelves

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Modular shelves are made of plastic, metal, wood and other materials to suit your apartment décor. Renters praise them for many reasons, the major one being the flexibility they offer as opposed to more traditional shelving systems. There are both advantages and disadvantages to using them that you need to consider before making a purchase. The advantages to using modular shelves in your apartment are:


Renters like modular shelves because of their flexible configurations. You might use the shelves for books in the beginning, but decide later on you want to use them to display house plants. Simply reconfigure the shelves to fit the height and width you need for the change. You can’t do this with regular shelves. Your only alternative would be to buy new shelves. In this sense, modular shelves can save you money and time.

Space Savers

Free standing modular shelves are not your only options. Some are designed to hang on doors, making them a real space saver in a small apartment. Some modular shelves fit neatly under staircases and other areas that traditional shelving solutions might not, giving you options for storage. Remember, you can configure the shelves to fit your needs, which means you can set them up in tucked away places.

Easy to Assemble, Disassemble and Reassemble

They’re also easy to assemble and reassemble, which makes a huge difference to renters who move a lot. They eliminate the need to transport bulky bookcases and other shelving solutions, which may be hard to reassemble on the other end of a move. For example, many modular shelves are designed to click together, which means you’re not dealing with a hammer and nails. Assembling modular shelves won’t scare off a novice to do-it-yourself projects, because they’re that simple to put together.

Compare these advantages to the following disadvantages of modular shelves:

Heavy Loads

Modular shelves may not be able to withstand heavy loads, especially the plastic ones. For example, if you plan to store a lot of books, you have to be careful that the shelves can bear the weight. Wooden shelves may not be a problem, but keep in mind what you plan to store on the shelves before you make a purchase. Some modular shelves are more stable in this regard than others, so read reviews about the specific product first. Expect to pay more for modular shelves that are designed to hold heavier loads.

Wall Mount Shelves

Some modular shelves are mounted on the wall for the storage system to work. The advantage of wall mount shelves it that they can solve the problem of stability, allowing your modular shelves to hold heavier loads. However, that involves screwing brackets into the wall, which you may not have permission as a renter to do. If you did, you might lose some of your security deposit.

The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages to using modular shelves, and they’re a good pick for most renters. The next thing you have to figure out is how many modular shelves to buy, based on your storage needs.

One Response to “Comparing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Modular Shelves”

  1. November 08, 2010 at 3:06 am, kitchen trip said:

    thanks for this wonderful information.. it surely help me understand the beauty and ugliness of modular systems. There are still stuffs I would like to be customized into your likings and one of them is the kitchen.


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