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When I first saw Metro shelving in my partner’s apartment kitchen in Queens, I didn’t think twice about it. Both of us had spent the majority of our teens and 20s using them as staff at different coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, so it didn’t strike me as odd to see these giant industrial kitchen shelves at home—until a friend pointed them out. You see, I explained to said skeptical friend, although they’re not quite as cozy, their convenience and functionality far outweigh (literally, these are tanks) the cuteness of your typical pantry shelving setup.
A lot of brands make something similar, but Metro shelving is the Kleenex of heavy-duty shelving. They’re the industry go-to! For one, they’re customizable for kitchens of pretty much any size. I know I said my boyfriend’s were huge, but it’s really a choose-your-own-adventure approach to shelving. They come in a range of widths, depths, heights, finishes, and installations—freestanding, wall-mounted, or on wheels! Too many roommates in the kitchen? Roll the shelves over to your “living-room-office” to make space.
Oh, and those shelves? Well, they can be positioned at any spot along the posts for maximum versatility, so you aren’t stuck with that one tall appliance you just can’t find a space for. Plus, each of them can hold A LOT. Like anywhere from 250–800 pounds a lot. (See! I was not exaggerating. Tanks!) At a coffee shop where I used to work, we didn’t think twice about the 45-pound Cambros of iced coffee we threw onto them to brew overnight, or the heavy bags of beans we stored for use during the morning rush. They withstand it all.
If you’re getting tired of gross little bottle rings left behind by sticky oyster sauce and sesame oil, have no fear. Metro shelves are also easy to clean. You can simply take a wet towel to them without worrying about damaging wood or veneer. They’re finished with a coating called Microban, which keeps the surface from getting covered in bacteria, mold, mildew, and all that other nasty stuff.
But they’re not just for kitchens, either. They end up on construction sites, at hospitals, and in labs, so you can bet I use these elsewhere in my house too. (They’ve served my camping gear well in the garage.)
As a longtime member of the F&B industry, these shelves are near and dear to my heart. As a person with quite a lot of stuff, I know there’s no better storage solution than to just Metro Shelf–it.