When we moved into our newly built home three years ago, I thought we’d spend less money from year to year than we did when we lived in our 80-year-old tumble-down semi in an old Toronto neighbourhood. News flash: having a new home costs as much to make your own as it does to repair an old home.
Even when you factor in costly termite fumigation (or the dreaded knob & tube wiring), our old house still cost us less each year. Part of that is being in a bigger space and contending with increased water, heating and electricity bills. Oh, and the suburban property taxes, which are more than double what we paid in the city. Part of it is also outfitting more square footage with new furniture. And part of it is organizing all of the nooks and crannies throughout our home.
I don’t know if you can tell, but I love gear. And utensil organizers, closet organizers, milk-bag stackers, can caddies and sliding shelves are no different. I love to open a cabinet door and be able to see everything, without it being all stacked on top of each other. I’ve got a sliding shelf under my kitchen sink, and another one that houses our garbage and recycling receptacles in our kitchen island.
When Gliding Shelf Solutions asked if I had a space in my home that needed de-cluttering, it was a no-brainer: my master en suite bathroom cabinets. When you build a house these days, most builders put in a cabinet and that’s it. We didn’t get a shelf to speak of in our bathroom. When you have a heap of makeup supplies, hair tools and a husband who likes to collect product samples and open a new toothpaste before the old one is finished, shelves are necessary – unless you want your cabinets to look like this:
Gliding Shelf came in, measured, and four weeks later installed what is one of my home’s favourite features – even if no one but Big B and I see it on a regular basis.
While a product’s functionality is, at the end of the day, the most important thing to consider with any investment, I need to start with a shout-out to the whole Gliding Shelf team. They are just about the friendliest folks ever. It’s a family business and you really get a sense of that when you work with these guys. Lee-Anne in the office is lovely, and her husband Tyler (who will measure and install your shelves if you’re near Gliding Shelf’s home base) is easy-going, friendly and professional. He even takes off his shoes at the front door without being asked.
Now for the best part of all – the AFTER shot:
The installation was pretty quick (the entire bathroom was finished in less than two hours), and every speck of mess that Tyler made during the installation process was cleaned up before he left.
The sliding shelves from Gliding Shelf are awesome. You can get solid birch or a white MDF-based shelf; I have the birch and they are strong. And heavy. Once your Gliding Shelf system is installed, it won’t be going anywhere. Every single shelf glides perfectly, fits perfectly and runs quietly and smoothly.
I can’t believe how much extra space these gave me in my bathroom. It’s now so easy to retrieve my makeup bag that I don’t need to leave it on the counter from day to day. And instead of my hot roller clips being stacked on top of hair gunk on top of maxi-pads from 1997 (which, yes, have moved with me to at least four different residences. I have rat-pack issues, OK?!), everything has a place. A place that actually makes sense.
Ultimately, Gliding Shelf has given me extra time in my day. I don’t hunt for the things I need – whether it’s the stuff I use every day or the stuff I need less frequently, like nail clippers and the hair paste I bought just for The K Man’s hair when I need to tame it for special occasions. (To which he tells me, “I hate getting handsome.”)
You get what you pay for when it comes to Gliding Shelf. Between the time it takes to measure, custom make and install each “glide,” it’s about $250 to the customer. That means a small kitchen pantry or a large bathroom vanity like ours is going to ring it at about $1,000. If you’re on a tight budget, this is probably not where you should spend your money – but for those of you with some expendable cash at the end of the month, I strongly recommend considering these if you want to make certain spaces in your home work more efficiently. (And just look better.)
Think outside the cabinet: Gliding Shelf will custom-make sliding shelves for furniture like armoires and linen closets, too.
Lifetime warranty. I don’t know who’s lifetime, though – yours or the family who owns the business. Let’s hope you don’t outlive them.
You have to open your cabinet doors ALL the way before you try to slide one of your shelves out. This may sound odd, but it’s taken some getting used to. When you’re accustomed to just thrusting your hand into the abyss in search of a random bobby pin, you don’t quite notice that you’re rarely opening the doors all the way. We’ve had our shelves for about three months now and I’m finally at the point where I’m no longer banging the crap out of the inside of my cabinet doors.
So…where can you get it?
- Directly from Gliding Shelf (Canada only; some locations require self-installation)