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Shelves  /  June 28, 2021

The Benefits of Adding Shelving to Your Home

The Benefits of Adding Shelving to Your Home

One of the primary complaints of homeowners is a lack of storage. Homes are often designed with functionality in mind, but sometimes builders overlook closet space in favour of more extensive living and entertaining areas. Why can’t you have both? If you are having storage troubles or simply looking for places to house all of your little knick-knacks, contact a carpenter in Vancouver to install some shelving.

Too many homeowners avoid shelving because they confuse commercially manufactured shelves with custom designs. A cheap particle board shelf you pick up at a big box store is not the same as having one built from scratch to fit a specific area in your home. The best part of custom shelving is you can implement anything you want. If you wish to make it moveable, ask a builder to incorporate wheels. If you’re going to include that uniquely shaped sculpture on one of the shelves, have the carpenter take measurements. 

Shelving provides so many benefits to a homeowner. But, sometimes, the owner just needs someone to highlight those advantages.

Design and Personality

One of the best reasons to incorporate shelving in your home is to put your personality on display. With custom shelving, you can create unique designs for housing knick-knacks, pictures, and artifacts from trips and hobbies. 

By using shelves to highlight your personality, you tell guests to your home who you are without speaking. Shelving basically allows adults to play a sophisticated game of show and tell. 

Additionally, you can use shelving to incorporate decorative elements. For example, if you want to tie in colour from a rug or piece of furniture, you can display pictures, books, statues, or plants with the same colour or hue. The way your shelving is built can also play into your home design. For example, you can use modern finishes to fit in with the contemporary design or choose rustic finishes to fit in with a farmhouse chic.

Functionality and Ingenuity

Before installing any old shelf, consider how the item might be useful in the space. Sure, a shelf is helpful as a bookcase or display case, but it can also be multipurpose. For example, a shelf can act as both a place for storage and a bar counter for guests at the right height. The right shelf with the correct depth can also double as a bar, especially with lockable doors — if you have children.


Many homes have that one awkward room that always feels just a bit too small to do anything. Consider adding a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf to one of the walls or an entire wall. The extra vertical space will allow you to add decoration without taking up necessary floor space, allowing for the addition of a couple of chairs, converting a once unusable space into a study or den.


The obvious thing to use a shelf for is to organize your belongings. However, organization can take on many facets. For example, garage storage will not require the same level of finishing and care as interior shelving. Next, there is a closet organization, which will need room for your current clothing and any future purchases, and finally, there is decorative storage. Ultimately, of course, when using a shelf in the living space, you want it to look impeccable, but it also must have hidden storage to account for any items you need but do not want in plain sight, like children’s toys.
Consulting with a carpenter about your specific needs is likely the best way to determine your shelving and storage needs. If you are ready to experience the luxury and beauty of custom shelving, contact repair services in Vancouver or find a qualified carpenter on Handyman Connection.

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