How do you buy the right étagère for a space? So many options are available, so many materials, sizes, finishes and so on – it’s tough to decide which one to buy, whether it’s for your home or office. We understand your problem and have therefore put together a few guidelines here to help you buy the right one.
Why Buy An Étagère?
You’ll need étagères in your home for various purposes. You’ll need them in your bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms and even in your garden. They’re space savers, storage options that come in different designs and styles. They’re the best way to store things while ensuring your living space does not look shabby.
Today, you can get Étagères in a variety of styles, ranging from contemporary to traditional. They feature both basic and unique geometric designs. The basic bathroom OJ (Over the John) etageres are unavoidable, but then there are the lovely slender corner and wall étagères that occupy unused spaces without crowding the openness of a room. What’s most useful about étagères is that they not only save space, but also your money. You can get several attractive wooden and wrought-iron etageres for under $200.
Before buying an étagère, decide why you want to buy it. If you’re buying it to add a decorative touch to a living space by storing ornaments, you will choose one that is artistically made. If the purpose is to remove and organize some of the clutter that’s lying around, you will choose one that looks good but has wide practical shelves to hold more stuff.
Evaluate Room Fit
The kind of étagère you buy depends on your room fit; you’ll buy different kinds of etageres for your bathroom, kitchen and living room. In your kitchen, the étagère is more for utility and must be tough and hardy enough to be put to rough use. Opt for wrought iron, tough basic woods or even a great plastic one painted in bright colors. In your bathroom, you need an étagère to store bathroom supplies, towels and knickknacks. You can get one that can be hung up, which has a mixture of open shelves and closed cabinetry. For your living room, you’ll think more in terms of decorative appeal; in this case you will opt for artistically decorated pieces which are useful, save space and yet enhance your room’s appeal.
A long étagère with narrow shelves topped with a mirror is ideal to break up a long corridor or passage. It might look odd in a living room. If you want to utilize wall corners to store things, best to opt for a triangular corner étagère with multiple shelves. These occupy very less space and do not intrude into the room’s space. You’ll want a wall-mountable étagère for your bathroom – the size depends on how much wall space you have. If the bathroom is small, then you want an étagère with narrow shelves so you don’t knock your head on it.
It is important to get an étagère from a well known brand, especially those etageres meant for rough use. They must last you for a long time and still look good in the years to come. Choose a brand that has been around for some time. Check their catalogs to know their range, terms of service warranty and so on. Buy your étagère from a brand that offers you paid maintenance post the warranty period, such as painting or varnishing. Don’t invest in something just because it looks good – over the years, you’ll end up spending more on its maintenance than you paid for it initially.