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Brand New Closet System

So, I have neglected this blog for some time. Basically, I forgot that I should be doing it since the shop has been so busy. I was discussing advertising ideas over the weekend and was reminded that this part of social media is expected.

In my defense, I guess I am too used to the old ways of advertising. We used to pay a fortune for Yellow Pages and newspaper ads that didn’t require too much thought. Basically, we would create the ad and run it whenever it was best suited, as far as newspapers went, and for Yellow Pages, we just created an annual logo-type picture with hours of operation and location.

Anyway, I did create this blog post that was supposed to be posted back when I created the very first one (January 2020) but never did post due to the calamity around COVID. It is late in the introduction phase now since I have been selling it since 2020, but as they say, “better late than never!”



Brand new closet system!

Hopefully, I have a few readers left after the first post.

A big part of giving value to our customers is finding new exceptional products for you to add to your homes. Today, I received samples of just that — an exceptional and easy-to-install system that I am certain will be extremely popular for years to come. The product is called “Select” and is made by the same people that brought you freedomRail, Organized Living. You can find more information here: Organized Living Select.

You may recognize the design of this system from other organization companies in the past, but Space Age Shelving never offered something like this because we never found a system with high enough quality to meet our gold standards. The new Select system by Organized Living gives you a beautiful aesthetic while also providing the high quality and customization you can expect from Organized Living products. It is strong enough to hold everything you could possibly need while still giving you the designer look you had imagined. Here is a link to the installation video that Organized Living has posted so you can get a better idea of how the product works: Select Installation Video.

The product is ¾” furniture-grade melamine and is currently available in White. The drawers are 18”, 24”, and 30” wide and feature soft-close tracks and three available heights to suit everyone’s needs. You’ll also have your choice of flat or several different decorative drawer fronts.

I needed to see it personally to ensure it was what I thought it would be, so I installed the sample in our showroom in 20 minutes with absolutely no issues. This really is something that I am sure my customers will be very happy with. The design software is currently exclusively available to Space Age Shelving Mississauga, and we can create custom designs for you in the store if you bring us your dimensions. You can also send us a quote request through our “Get a Free Quote” option on our website, where you’ll be able to enter your custom dimensions. Once we have a custom design created, we will walk you through all of the features of the design to ensure that this layout will work for YOU. Everyone has different needs when it comes to organization, so we really like to ensure that it will fit your lifestyle!

Hopefully, this has piqued your interest, and I hope to see you in our new showroom soon to work with you on getting your spaces organized!


Value – as it pertains to Closet systems

Space Age Shelving Mississauga has been in the Closet Organization business for 34+ years now and we have seen many Closet systems and Closet Organizing retailers come and go.

When we began our retail store, we offered the vinyl coated wire shelving system that mounted to the wall via plastic/nylon mounting clips. This system (in 1985) was original and unique since it gave the customer a simple solution to creating a custom closet organizer that suited their specific organizational needs. The system’s value was in its simplicity, its strength (when installed correctly!), and most of all in its ability to provide more functional space in the closet by utilizing 2 levels of hanging without building panel partitions everywhere.

As years passed by, the system was changed by the suppliers and new systems were introduced into the market. The original system, to stay relevant in the market, was made cheaper through compromises on quality and it became less of a value to the customer as these poorer quality pieces started to fail. The value of the original system was diminished, and it was time for change. This was a turning point in the market and so we introduced the popular customizable melamine system that others were selling and we continued to search for something better to replace the original wire system that we decided to discontinue.

As newer more modern systems became more popular, we adjusted our product portfolio by eliminating the original wire system and introducing a “rail” system by elfa. It was still wire shelving but instead had an epoxy coating and a tighter wire configuration. This new elfa system was easier to install and significantly stronger since there were no plastic components involved. The elfa rail system permitted faster installation and a more functional closet since shelves could now be adjusted in height without taking the whole system apart. This system returned the ability of the customer to create more functional space in the closet by utilizing 2 levels of hanging without building panel partitions everywhere.

The new rail system by elfa was, unfortunately, taken off the Canadian market and we had to switch to the freedomrail system instead. This system was serendipitously more suited to our market, as it had solid and wire shelving to choose from and was even stronger than the elfa Rail system. Other companies had mimicked the rail system and different versions hit the market, but each of them had varying levels of quality. Many of these copycat systems had components that failed under strength and longevity tests, and we deemed them unsuitable for the type of quality work we built our business on. Our opinion was that the value of these products came from their strength and longevity, and so we stayed loyal to freedomrail because it met our high standards. With wire shelving, solid shelving and multiple drawer options the new system was perfect and became our mainstay. I believe we finally found the best system to sell.

The freedomrail system by Organized Living has a variety of products that can help to solve even the most complicated organization problems. They are continuously rolling out new products, so staying up to date on their newest systems has been our priority to be able to provide our customers all of the options to suit their organizational needs. The company that created the system, Organized Living, and the engineering of the components in their system is excellent and the quality is unsurpassed. This system is what we consider value for our customer, and it continues to meet our high standards of quality, creativity, and longevity.

This was my first attempt at a blog and I will continue to think about things to add here and hopefully share some of what I’ve learned over the last 35 years in the business. If you’re interested in staying in the loop with new and exciting product updates from our company and our manufacturers, please follow us on social media for the latest and greatest!

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