Where do you begin

DIY shelving? Cabinetmakers? Ikea? or Italy? When we were all younger DIY used to be part of the weekend, an essential part of your home improvements plan and now if it’s part of yours to help there’s some great articles and websites to give you advice along the way. We specifically liked this alcove shelving article www.practicaldiy.com as there’s plenty of detail and if you’re not experienced in DIY and it’s your first home in our opinion the more detail the better. This is a great way to create storage and display space in the centre of your home, visible and accessible to everyone.

This is how we started ON&ON, building wall shelving over the years for our own home, designing and making something that really works and fits functionally and aesthetically for the people that live there.

We know and understand the time, effort and costs that are needed to make you’re own shelves, and we can tell you after you’ve bought all the materials, cut and fitted everything you then have to spend several days priming and painting everything. If you make your own wall shelving it’s great to hear, but we can tell you from our own experience it’s really hard work.

A difficult choice

So for us it was either the DIY route or pay a carpenter or cabinet maker a lot of money. All we wanted was for our shelving to be a real part of our home, something that would be part of our own aesthetic, straightforward and uncomplicated, rather than an after thought or awkward addition to our spaces. We also wanted to avoid the Ikea shelving route, their wall shelving is not cut to size and generally difficult to fit if you want to wall mount a large number of shelves in one area. The other option was to look at the other end of the market, in our view really well made but very expensive designer storage systems and this was beyond our price bracket and not quite the right look for us.

How to get what you want

If you’re interested in finding a happy balance between cost, quality and service we may be the best solution for all your shelving. Our shelving system is great quality, made to measure and easy to fit and includes cabinets, clothes hangers and wall desks. If this is of interest, let one of our planners know what you would like, they will help advise, set out and design your system completely free of charge. We do this via phone, email or site visit where we provide drawings, samples and costs to ensure the design is perfect for you.

All our planners need to start is the height and width of your alcoves and if possible a photo. We’ve created a measurement guide for alcoves and wall to wall systems as a high percentage of rooms do not have square or plumb walls click here to see, we recommend taking several measurements and then giving us the smallest to base our design around.

Take a look at our ON&ON shelving systems.