Every teacher needs to know these wire grid storage tips for classrooms. Wire grid storage shelves and organizers are affordable and strong solutions for storing things like classroom worksheets, cardstock, classroom books, files, and classroom devices. Unlike, regular wooden shelves, some wire grid shelves can be customized easily into any shape that suits your classroom needs. This flexibility makes wire grid storage a good option for classroom storage.
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Wire Grid Storage Tips for Classrooms
These are the best practices for making the most of the wire grid storage shelving in your classroom:
Store Cardstock on a Grid Shelf: Easily assemble your own storage shelf using wire grid shelving. These are usually used to make modular cube-styled shelving but you can use zip ties to make shorter stacks to hold your cardstock collection. You will get a lots of shelving from this, enough to sort sheets by color.
Make a classroom library: The main bonus about using a grid frame for your library is that it gives you flexibility. It has to be made of a steel wire frame like this one to be strong enough to hold books. Make your own custom library shelf in any shape you need. The grid design allows you to make an L-shape library to curve around a window or whiteboard. You could also go low with your design and just make a very wide library unit that goes under your whiteboard.
Use hanging wire mesh organizers: Some types of wire mesh organizers can go over a door and others hang from the wall. The wall hanging organizers are as strong as the hooks that hold them up. If you are allowed to drill holes in your classroom wall, then I highly recommend these organizers. Zip ties can be looped through the wires to add more support for hanging and for stabilty. See more on using zip tie hacks in the classroom here.
Store and charge devices: Use multiple wall hanging mesh organizers to store smaller classroom devices and they should be hung close to the plugs to double as charging stations. There are also tabletop mesh organizers that can be used for this purpose. See them being used in this blog post which has more ideas for storing tech devices in the classroom.
Store file folders in a mesh organizer: If you need to keep you file folders right on your desk or on a nearby table, keep them in a mesh hanging file organizer. For under twenty dollars, it is good value for money.
Make homework turn in trays: A wire mesh paper organizer can be used for collecting homework and class worksheets fo different subjects. Label each tray for students to keep their work neatly stacked in the right sections.
Organize your binders: This teacher keeps her binders in wire drawer sorters. Each open slot holds two binders. They are actually made of steel and each one has nine compartment spaces.
Make mobile stations for small groups: Use a wire mesh roller cart for file storage for small groups. Use it for storing multiple papers of the same subject category (like for six students with each student having a shelf).
I hope you have found wire grid storage tips for classrooms through this post. All of the tips above are ways that you can use mesh grid vertical storage ideas in your classroom.
For more vertical storage tips, I have some in this blog post for you to discover how you can make the best use of limited space in your classroom.
More ideas for wire grid storage will be added as I find them. If you have any questions, you can ask me anything in the comments below.