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John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System Review

John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System Review

John Louis Standard Closet Organizer SystemMy older daughter is a high school senior, and therefore, my husband and I are helping her choose a college. In the process of getting her ready for college, we have realized that we have a house full of items that we no longer need, and not only that, but we are supremely disorganized.

Our house is so disorganized, that I have decided to systematically go through every closet, shelf, and cupboard and reorganize them. We are just doing a little at a time, but have already donated a lot of children’s clothing and games to Goodwill.  Hopefully, they will go to people who will really use them.

Our closets are a big problem. They are stuffed with old clothes, purses, hats, and outdoor wear that is so hard to find that we have forgotten that we own some of it. So I have been looking into some closet organizing systems.

One of the best that I have seen so far is the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System which is sold on Amazon.  Now I will tell you right off that this is a very nice closet organizing system, so it is a bit pricey, but if you wait for a sale, either on Amazon or on another great site, ClosetOrganizerSource, you can get a really good deal.  ClosetOrganizerSource sells only closet organizer systems, and they have a very wide range in price and styles of what is available both in the John Louis Closet Shelving System and other brands.

Because we live in an older home, we need to always make allowances for odd shaped rooms, and that includes closets.  One of the things that I really love about the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System is that the system really has a lot of options, add ons, and configurations that will fit in our odd shaped closet spaces.  Some of our closets are narrow and deep, while others are shallow and long.  It makes it easy to lose our lesser used clothing inside these closets.  We even have one closet that has an opening to the attic, so we always have to be able to get to that door in the wall of the closet.

I am an artist so how things look always affects how I feel about them.  This closet organizer and shelving system is really beautiful.  I like the mahogany color the best, and it looks really good in a closet which is usually just painted white.  It also makes everything in the closet look better to have them hanging and shelved on a wood setting instead of just being piled up on wire racks.  The wood finish and hardware appeals to both men and women, so you don’t have to worry about your spouse not liking it.

The John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System is meant to be very customizable so it will fit into most closet spaces that you will have.  Even in an older home like mine, it works very well.  Newer homes seem to have more regular shaped rooms, not really sure why that is.

For any do it yourselfer, this closet organizer is a snap to put together.  If you have a friend to help you, it is even easier.  You just need some basic tools like a power drill, hammer, and hand saw, and you will be able to assemble it like a dream.  The instructions that come with the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System are superb, but you will have to assemble it, and configure it to fit your closet space, and anchor it to the walls.  Once this is done, it will hold a lot of weight, and various sized items.

Again, if you are a do it yourselfer, and can put it together yourself, you can save a lot of money on building yourself a beautiful home closet.  The cost is very reasonable for what you get, and it will last for a long time.  If you are a member of Amazon Prime, shipping is free, and you can also get free shipping from ClosetOrganizerSource as long as you meet their free shipping criteria.  Paying for shipping is important to consider though because the boxed organizer weighs approximately 65 lbs.

When it comes to assembling the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System, you should allow at least two hours and possibly up to ten hours.  You can modify the system any way you like, including buying optional extra shelves, and some people construct jewelry chests and other modifications out of extra pieces.  Depending on your skill level, it will take longer to assemble, and the more you need to customize it, the longer it will take.

Some important things to note about the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System, and installation:

  • Make sure to measure your closet well before you start.

  • If you have a walk in closet or very large closet, you will need two systems.

  • If you do not have any do it yourself skills or carpentry skills, you will need help setting this up.  It is not for complete newbies.  It takes measuring, making specifically placed holes, sawing, and constructing.

  • You may ding the wood when building but it comes with a wood touch up kit.

  • You will have to make several holes in your walls, but your closet organizer will be very sturdy because of that.

  • Using a level while installing this closet organizer is recommended to make everything line up evenly.

Another great thing about this closet organizer is the company that stands behind it, John Louis.  They have an excellent customer service department, and will replace any bad hardware, and answer questions that you have.

If you are looking for a way to expand your storage space in your closet, the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System, will give you quite a bit of extra storage space due to the shelving, and hanging space that it creates.  This will neaten up your home even more than you expected because you can store things that you didn’t have room to put in your closets before.  There is also some room for error with this system because the brackets have some “wiggle” room for adjustment.

Learn more about the product specifications for the John Louis Home Standard Closet Shelving System here.

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Unique Shelves Change the Mood of a Room

Unique Shelves Change the Mood of a Room

Zig Zag Wall Shelf

An easy way to add interest to a bedroom, living room or family room is to add some unique shelving. Shelves come in so many interesting configurations including corner shelves, floating shelves and zig zag shelves and they can often tuck into a corner that you are not really using anyway.

With small shelves, you can add some colorful accessories such as a vase, candle or silk flowers in bright contrasting colors to draw the eye. Even though the shelves take up space, you may find that adding them makes the room look bigger instead of smaller. Shelves can be made of wood, metal or glass although if you rent it is better to use a lightweight material.

When buying shelving, consider the size of the space you have, the weight that will go on the shelf and the effect you are working towards. Style makes a difference too. If you like a more modern style, then look for contemporary shelves. You do have the option to take existing shelves and alter them with paint or stain for an antique look or more rustic look.

Shelves can also create a shadow box effect, for display of one item to be hung on the wall. Another option is a thick frame that is hung and used as a shadow box.

Not all shelves need to take up floor space, either. Ledges and corner shelves are often mounted on the wall and do not even go all the way to the floor. You can plot out the space of your room on a piece of graph paper, and pencil in the location that you wish to add the shelves. This will help you see how much space each item in your room uses and you can measure out paper to represent your existing furniture and move it around the diagram to find the best configuration.

Below are just a few examples of unique wall shelves. Click the link for a bigger picture and more details.

Floating U Shelves in Walnut FinishFloating U Shelves in Walnut FinishFloating Shelf with Tempered GlassFloating Shelf with Tempered Glass45-by-15-Inch Wall Shelf, 2-Pack45-by-15-Inch Wall Shelf, 2-PackLarge Corner Wall Mount ShelfLarge Corner Wall Mount Shelf