For those of you who are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a Container Store, you may be familiar with their Elfa storage systems. For the rest of you, I wanted to introduce you to this fabulous resource for home organizing today.
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The most common place where you’ll see Elfa storage systems in action is in the bedroom closet.
Of course, there are many products on the market today designed to improve closet storage space. The advantages of the Elfa system over most other closet storage systems are two-fold:
The installation involves much less damage to your walls compared to conventional stationary shelving (see The Borrowed Abode’s blog post that nicely illustrates this)
Elfa’s track and rail system allows you to fully customize your closet to meet your unique storage needs.
There are other systems available in big box home improvement stores that are similar to Elfa in terms of their basic design. In my experience, however, I’ve found Elfa systems to be superior in strength, durability, and ease of use. In particular, the add-on drawer systems for the other brands are really flimsy and difficult to open and close compared to the Elfa drawers. Good Housekeeping and consumer review sites agree with me.
Elfa storage systems come in a variety of styles and finishes, including the classic white framework with white ventilated shelving, as featured in this kid’s playroom:
For a more upscale look, you can go with solid white shelving paired with white decor shelves like in this gorgeous office (yes please!):
If you’re looking for a bit more drama, this platinum track system/walnut decor shelf combo might be just the ticket:
In addition to the original wall-mounted version, Elfa storage systems also come in a freestanding version. Freestanding shelves come in handy when you are dealing with walls that are not “drill friendly”. They are also a great option for renters who want to avoid wall repairs later on when it’s time to move out.
What kid wouldn’t love this freestanding Elfa study zone in their room?
One of my favorite areas for introducing some Elfa magic is in craft spaces:
In case you were wondering, yes, you can even use Elfa to organize the contents of your garage:
Another reason I love Elfa storage solutions is the amazing customer service that the folks at the Container Store provide. They offer free design assistance with in-store consultations and their on-line design center. If you prefer to speak to a human, you can access their design experts at no cost via phone or live chat as well.
Did I mention they also offer an installation service? If you aren’t a DIYer, this definitely comes in handy!
January and September are great time to invest in Elfa storage systems for your home, since the Container Store typically runs their annual Elfa sale during these months.
Not only have I used Elfa in many client organizing projects, I use these storage systems in my own kitchen and bathroom. Over the coming months, I’ll be bringing more Elfa organizational awesomeness into my home as I work on improving the functionality of several neglected spaces (a guest room closet and my daughter’s closet).
How about you? What part of your home can use a little Elfa “magic”?