Storage is always secondary when living in apartment. But, there will be that point in time when you or your family will need additional storage no matter what space you have available. Many apartment complexes might have additional storage units for you, but many times they are not easily assessable for items you may use more frequent. A solution to this may be trying to use more wall space or go taller. While a recent visit to IKEA I came across a storage system that offers many different solutions for those living in apartments or smaller living quarters.
Border storage units are economical and durable. They come in wall mounted, T-frame and L-frame units. I decided to go with a wall mounted unit as I did not have any floor space, but had a big empty wall that I could use. The T-frame is more for an area in the middle of the room as it supports the shelving on both sides. The L-frame is for along the wall, but again it uses up some space on the floor. The wall mounted units hang completely on the wall with out any floor space needed in your apartment. Made from either wood or galvanized steel you can use them outside or inside depending on your need. An area where you might want to think about utilizing additional storage is the patio. In that case I would recommend going with the galvanized steel units. The galvanized metal is resistant to moisture and will prevent rust. The wight capacity of the Border storage units can range from 220lbs to 12oolbs. So as you can imagine you can get a fair amount of heavier items on these shelves. Here is a link to the Border buying guide with more details.
The installation was as expected. The hardest part was getting all the mounting holes spaced evenly so the shelves did not look slanted. My wife helped me and only took about 1.5 hours to complete the installation. We paid roughly $94 after taxes for our wall mounted Border unit. I’m very happy so far with the look and durability.
I’m always on the look out for apartment furniture that will save you space and money. Until next time!