For those of you who are lucky enough to live within driving distance of a Container Store, you may be familiar with Elfa storage systems. For the rest of you, allow me to introduce you to this fabulous resource for home organizing!
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Elfa is The Container Store’s brand of customizable modular shelving and drawer systems. It can be used in any room of your home, including an office, garage or pantry. The Elfa closet system is the most popular of the Elfa storage systems. It’s consistently among the most highly rated DIY closet organizers.
The most common place where you’ll see an Elfa closet system in action is in the bedroom.
Of course, there are many products on the market today designed to improve closet storage space. The advantages of the Elfa DIY closet system over most other closet storage systems are two-fold:
- The Elfa installation process 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 DIY closet organizer 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 the Elfa closet system to be superior in strength, durability, and ease of use.
Elfa storage systems come in a variety of styles and finishes, including the classic white framework with white ventilated shelving, featured in this kid’s playroom:
For a more upscale look, you can upgrade to solid white shelving paired with white decor shelves like in this gorgeous office:
We installed a similar system in our homework/craft room: Take a peek!
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 kiddo wouldn’t love this freestanding Elfa desk in their room?
One of my favorite areas for introducing some Elfa magic is in craft spaces:
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 its annual Elfa sale during these months.
A drool-worthy Elfa laundry room
Not only have I used Elfa storage solutions in many client organizing projects, but I also have installed Elfa storage systems throughout my home in many rooms. Come take a peek:
How about you? What part of your home can use a little Elfa storage “magic”?