Remember those old BASF commercials? The ones that proudly announced: “At BASF, unfortunately, we cannot produce a large amount of these products you purchase.” It got you thinking, why on earth would they inform me that. Then they finished: “We come up with lots of the products you acquire better.”
Well, as it pertains to basement finishing time, you are not making any of the items that you buy, nevertheless, you may make sure the merchandise you get is better than the other.
One overlooked merchandise that became a personal pet peeve of mine way back when is closet shelving. Wood was traditionally used by shelving, then for a time wire shelving was applied, and today, for the most part, it’s time for wood shelving.
Well, for some basement finishing projects, shelving material is an afterthought. So contractors turn out with all the most elementary particle board shelving material they can find. No one usually values the cheaper material until after it’s painted.
Particleboard shelving is a low-density product with multiple chip pieces inside it. The problem with it is the numerous pits that cover the rounded front edge. When painted, these pits suck within the paint leaving a tough, almost unfinished look.
Admittedly, early inside the basement finishing business, we were using what everyone else was using. I never liked the finished product, and the customer comments echoed my feelings over it.
We immediately switched to MDF shelving and the difference was dramatic! If you’ve ever dealt with MDF, it paints beautifully. Not only did the painted shelves look 1,000% better, but our customers haven’t been unsatisfied with their shelves since.
MDF shelves increase the cost of each closet by a few dollars. Even if it cost more we might still include them with no additional cost for the customer. They’re simply that much better. If BASF were within the basement finishing business, they’d be saying: “At BASF, and we don’t make closet shelves for the basement; we result in the closet shelves to your basement better.”… READ MORE