The only problem with the shelf right now, is it is sitting in the middle of my family room until the argument gets resolved between my husband and myself. I want to move it downstairs with all my food preps "home store products" and of course he wants to somewhat dismantle so it is ready for the expo's. It has been 6 months, at least I am using it to hold all my cans of THRIVE food, just not located in a very good spot (not
really easy to move while sweeping the floor).
Now for the funny part of the story, the FRS arrived and the boxes sat in the middle of the front room floor until the weekend (which was 2 days away). After each of us falling over the boxes, and the anticipation like it was Christmas morning, I was never so glad when Saturday morning arrived. I torn into the boxes and quickly became depressed at all the parts before me because I'm not mechanically inclined, I knew I would have to wait on the husband to finish his coffee, before the project could begin. Like a little kid asking on a long road trip, are we there yet, my husband finally sat down his cup of coffee and picked up a piece of the frame. After an hour of messing with the parts and the main part of the shelving system put together, he looked at me and asked where are the directions? I had no clue, I wasn't even sure if I had seen instructions. So now the search was on for the directions among the boxes and remaining pieces scattered all over the front room and a 3 year old grabbing pieces and running off. After a short argument of who lost the directions, I got out my laptop and searched the site for directions. I found every set of directions from the Pantry to the Harvest, but no Ready Rack. And I knew I most likely was just not looking in the right place or I was reading something wrong online, but I was not going to admit that to my husband. So I started making up directions, which didn't help the situation. All we need was the distance between each can rack for the cans...after another hour we had 1 row completed. I was so happy until I realized the distance at the top wasn't going to work, cans couldn't fit in the top part. Okay, so we pulled off each section and moved them down. One row was completed finally, still no directions and another 2 rows to go plus the 2 pull out shelves. I decided it was time for a break, good or bad, it was time to walk away from the shelves and let everyone calm down before we killed each other. After the break the next to rows went much more quickly and I left the pull out shelves all to him. So almost 3 hours later the shelf was together, I had even put a few cans in the racks. And then glanced over to the basement door and realized the FRS wasn't going to the basement without some disassembling .
My thoughts and recommendations of the FRS, is first figure out how you plan to use the shelving system. I know it is meant to store cans of food, what I mean is, what do you plan on storing. There are different size of shelves within the FRS; small, medium and large. I didn't really think about that before I ordered, I just bought what was on sale. If you plan on storing cans from the grocery store, then the small shelves will work perfectly. I purchased the 2 small, 1 medium with 2 drawers in my Ready Rack. I then had to order the straps for the medium shelves to hold my Pantry cans. The small/medium straps that hook on the shelves won't allow for the pantry size cans, but the large straps on the medium shelves does. There are 7 configurations in the ready rack. So knowing in advance will help you determine which configuration will serve you best without modifying it later. As for the 2 drawers, when my husband saw the drawers when we were assembling it, he complained why would I order drawers....but I love them! They are great for those oversized or bulky items that aren't' cans. And the hooks, I find myself hanging all sorts of things from them....our backpacks, my THRIVE apron and even a coat during the winter hung on one for awhile. Second, make sure you build the shelf in the place you plan on using it. My only complaint is that the shelf is still sitting in my family/great room and not in the basement, but it has been a good conversation piece when family and friends come over to visit........
Okay here is the info from the
Ready Racks by Shelf Reliance provide the ultimate storage capacity for all of your emergency supplies and food storage cans. By combining our patented first-in-first-out can rotation rows with pull-out drawers, we have provided you with flexibility to store your emergency preparedness supplies, bulky food items, and food storage cans in one organized, convenient space. Each Ready Rack also comes with four hooks so you can hang your 72-hour kit backpacks right on your system. When it comes to emergency preparedness and food storage organization, Shelf Reliance Ready Racks simply can’t be beat. This system will hold up to 238 soup size cans and up to 66 medium size cans.
Note: Due to the unique tooling of our drawer systems, 6” of space will remain at the back of each drawer.
Although the frame of our drawers measures 36”x24,” the base of each drawer has the capacity to hold an area of 32” wide x17.5”deep.
To view assembly instructions for all of our
Food Rotation Systems, please visit this link: FRS Assembly Instructions
Racks combine the convenience can rotation and organization with flexibility of
storing bulkier food items and emergency supplies
* 4 hooks included
Additional options allow you to customize your system to fit your specific needs
* First in first out technology and drawer sliders allow you to fit your
system flush against virtually any solid surface
* Will hold up to 238 soup
size cans and up to 66 medium size cans