For many years my studio has been populated with odd bits of second hand furniture and shelves. Building up a studio from scratch often means adapting items you already have. I've always re-used and re-purposed old pieces of furniture that have been 'down-graded' from the house (or found in skips!) and given them a new lease of life in the pottery. And when I needed something extra, I looked in second-hand charity shops for something to fit a gap.
So I decided to get myself some better shelves. I needed tall, heavy duty shelving that could withstand quite a lot of weight. I've never been keen on drilling holes into brickwork and didn't feel up to the challenge of designing a whole wall worth of twin-slot bracket shelving (way too daunting!). So I chose a brand new, self-standing, easy-to-assemble, adjustable metal shelf unit instead - delivered to my door.
They slotted (fairly) easily together and took me half a day with a mallet to bang everything in place. It has five shelf boards (unfortunately chip) which I painted with a few coats of emulsion to seal them and make them more waterproof - a must in a pottery. I would have preferred real wood, but no one seemed to offer it.
As you can see in the photos, I've managed to get quite a lot of stuff onto these shelves with some room for more in the future (weight permitting). Getting the right height of each shelf to make sure my equipment (glaze tubs/wooden batts etc) would fit was a bit tricky as 'adjustable' doesn't mean they will come apart once assembled. For this reason I chose to fix the bottom shelf quite high off the ground so I could get some heavy buckets underneath - a last minute brainwave. But so far I'm very pleased with them and I actually quite like the way they look too - which always helps!