Smart Storage for Small Apartments
LESLIE: Heading over to Texas to chat with Nancy. What can we do for you today?
NANCY: I have a utility apartment, so it’s not very big nor am I. I’m five feet tall.
TOM: (chuckling) OK.
NANCY: About two-thirds of my apartment is wasted space since I can’t reach it (Tom and Leslie chuckle) …
LESLIE: OK. And stilts are out of the question.
NANCY: (chuckling) I’m debating on whether to put in shelving because it’s cinder block –
NANCY: – it’s like brick walls – or hang things from the ceiling or both and how to do that.
TOM: Well you certainly can put in shelving and there’s a neat little piece of hardware called a Tapcon which is essentially a screw that’s designed to go right into a concrete block wall and, in fact, when you buy them they come with the drill bit that you need to predrill them.
LESLIE: Yeah, make sure you buy the one that comes with the attachments.
TOM: And you can drill it right into the concrete block wall and attach right to that. So no need to hang things from the ceiling, which would probably be more dangerous. Plus, you can’t reach the ceiling anyway, as you mentioned.
LESLIE: Yeah, how were you going to do that anyway?
NANCY: (chuckling) Ladders. (Tom and Leslie chuckle)
TOM: Oh, yeah. (chuckles)
NANCY: Being from California, I don’t like things hanging over my head. (chuckles)
LESLIE: No, I think you’re in a non-earthquake zone though; so relax about that.
LESLIE: And it’s something that goes inside your upper cabinet so when you open the cabinet door, if you can reach that bottom there would be sort of like a handle or a grabbing thing there that you would pull down and now everything that’s in that upper cabinet sort of bends down to meet you.
NANCY: Oh, how cool!
TOM: Yeah, kind of takes the whole guts of the cabinet and drops it right there on your lap.
NANCY: It’s like a kneeling cabinet.
TOM: Sort of.
TOM: Yeah, exactly.
LESLIE: It’s like public transportation. (Tom chuckles)
NANCY: (chuckling) Awesome. Oh, that’d be great.
TOM: Alright, Nancy.
NANCY: Thank you so much.
TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.