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Splurge vs. Steal: Shelves

Corner shelving units make excellent space savers. Whether tucked into a kitchen pantry or used as a bookcase in an office, these simple pieces can help clean up the most cluttered spaces.


The modular Swedish shelving unit from Williams-Sonoma might resemble something out of your grandfather’s workshop, but its hidden steel rods can handle heavy storage—up to 400 pounds per shelf. The unfinished pine can be stained, painted, or left as is. This corner unit costs $199.99 and is only available online.


ClosetMaid’s corner shelf also provides lots of storage. The shelf is 31.5 inches tall, and the design allows you to stack more units on top. Available at Home Depot for $24.99 or Lowes for $27.97, this maple piece can also be stained or painted.

Home Depot has locations in Virginia, DC and Maryland. Lowes has locations in Virginia and Maryland.