Terms Related to Shelving
There is shelving available for every need, from displaying a cherished possession to organizing an office. Glass shelving can be a lovely addition to a home. Industrial strength shelving units are great for garage and factory use. Racks and shelves add extra storage to closets. The following are some terms relating to shelves and shelving units.
Back Braces: Back braces are shelving hardware. They are attached to the posts on the back of the shelving unit and are usually mounted to the wall so the shelf will remain stable.
Back Panel: A back panel encloses the back of the shelving unit. This component of a shelving unit promotes stability, and it also prevents objects from falling off the back of the shelf.
Base Strip: The base strip encloses the entire bottom of a shelving unit between the bottom shelf and the floor. This prevents dirt and objects from getting underneath the shelving unit. This means that you will not have to clean dust from under your shelves or dig around under them looking for lost possessions.
Corbel: Corbels are found on the underside of shelves. Corbels are typically decorative, and they may or may not actually support the shelf.
Drawer Inset Unit: Drawer inset units can be added to certain types of shelving. These units add a storage drawer to the shelving unit.
Full or Partial Height Dividers: These are vertical additions to shelving units that divide a shelf into smaller parts. Dividers can be used in bookcases and cabinets, too.
Hardware: Hardware is essentially any metal – or sometimes plastic – part of a shelving unit. This includes drawer pulls, shelf pins, and handles. These parts can be functional or decorative. Hardware can also refer to metal parts of doors and cabinets.
Shelf Capacity: This is the maximum weight that a shelf can safely manage. Remember that a shelf’s capacity assumes that the weight will be distributed evenly over the entire shelf.