Does Handy Shelf Really Work?

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Does the Handy Shelf work?Handy Shelf is a customizable shelf that is primarily designed to figure out the situation under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. It seems like it would work at first glance, but what about what actually happens in real situations?

If you’re like most people the space underneath your sinks is likely a strange place filled with whatever you can fit under there. That’s because the piping makes it hard to have any sort of uniform storage space, so you’re often left with some tall things, some short things, and a lot of space going unused. Or so the theory goes.

The Claim
The makers of Handy Shelf claim that it fits easily under your kitchen and bathroom sink so that you can use that space to store things rather than it being a big mess of a hodge podge of items that happen to fit. By adjusting and customizing itself with trays that can be removed and reinserted, they say you can make any number of configurations to accommodate any sort of plumbing that’s going on underneath.

The Hype
This is an instance of a problem you didn’t pay much attention to until you saw the infomercial on TV alerting you to it. Now it’s probably bugging you that all of that space under your sinks is being wasted, and you’re hoping for the day that you can reclaim that space in the off chance that it will solve your kitchen and bathroom storage needs.

The Cost
They have the Handy Shelf retailing at $20 plus $8 shipping and they send you a 2nd one but you have to pay the additional $8 shipping. This brings your total to $36 shipped to your door, or $18 for each shelf. You are probably aware that you can buy plastic shelving units for far less than $18 each, so they are hoping that their ingenuity is worth the extra cost. They provide a 30 day guarantee on the product, but they have it so that you only get the original $20 back and not the $16 you shell out for shipping.

The Commitment
Once you have these shelves in place you can basically forget about them. It should only take a few minutes to figure out how to get them under your sink , and which configuration works best for your particular pipes. But once it’s installed you shouldn’t have to worry about it again.

The way Handy Shelf is customizable means that no matter what you’ve got going on under your sink in terms of pi[es you’ll still be able to use the space on either side of them, and bleo them. This is nice because many times you’ll want to store cleaning products and other kitchen or bathroom related items and you can’t really because the pipes get in the way. It’s up to you to determine if this is a big enough problem to spend $36 on, but we haven’t seen anything on the market that works better than this or is designed to solve the same problem.

As Seen on TV Blunders:
They also point out that you’re not limited to using this under the sinks, and they show that it can be used as a shoe rack at the front door, or in a closet to help keep things uncluttered. You’ll be getting two of them, and maybe you don’t need one in both sinks, so you’ll have to be creative as to how you use the second one.

Final Handy Shelf Review

Handy Shelf is getting our Solid Try rating, as it does a good job of solving a common problem and really does turn a wasted space in many homes to an organized space that you can actually use. It seems that they’ve made some improvements in the quality of the product from the time they shot the infomercial to the time it went into production. This is often the case as they sometimes use a prototype in the videos to get them recorded and ready to make sales, and then they finish up the product and it turns out better than the original design.

Our Recommendation
Usually we don’t like a forced by one get a 2nd one because it inflates the purchase price and often you don’t need two products, you just want the one. But his is one instance where it makes sense to have tow, because you can use one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom and you’ll free up twice as much space. It would be nice if they could price this a little differently so that you could take them up on the money back guarantee if you don’t like the way it works, but as it stands you’ll only get back $20 of your $36 purchase price so it doesn’t make too much sense to send it back, only to prove a point.

What do you think? Does Handy Shelf work or not?

5 Customer Reviews on “Does Handy Shelf Really Work?

  1. I love this idea! I think I am definitely going to pick up a couple of these. The space beneath the sinks in my kitchen and bathroom can become so cluttered so easily, making it terribly difficult to find what I, and my family members, are looking for. It looks like I could easily double the space with this product because I could create two shelves instead of having just the one flat plane that the sinks provide. Glad I found this product and I will be sure to tell all of my friends about it too because they complain about clutter too.

  2. Generally speaking, underneath the sink really I just store cleaning supplies. It may not always be the prettiest site, but I don’t think it really needs to pretty. i am not convinced that I would be able to add additional storage with some shelving, but it is possible. What is not possible is to spend nearly $40 to achieve that goal. Those $36 could go towards paying down some debt instead.

  3. Yes I agree that this is something better purchased after careful measurements are taken of the area in question because it is something that is costing nearly 40 bucks. Similar can be bought three times cheaper at a department store and if it doesn’t fit you can use it for your other rooms and storage needs, after all you never run out of storage needs. If you are really into your entire cabinet collection in kitchen and in bathroom then invest in multiples and just go all the way with the whole thing. But for just one, hmmm I am not sold.

  4. These shelves could really help organize all sorts of things within my room and other parts of my apartment. There’s all sorts of things that I need to have organized. Whether it’s clothing, books, or even cleaning supplies it’ll sure take the worry out organizing your things. I’m sure it’s well worth the price if it does what it’s supposed to do. I’ll have to check this out for myself to determine whether or not it works well at storage. It’s definitely an innovative idea for those of use who really like have things in order. But the question is like Allison said, is $36 really worth it?

  5. What a brilliant idea! I can’t believe this has never been invented before. I have used various sizes and mismatched shelves underneath my kitchen and bathroom sinks in an attempt to organize the chaos. But even I have to admit that it sometimes doesn’t look very “organized” because of it’s thrown together, haphazard attempt. An item like this would really make sense because of all the miscellaneous pipes underneath a sink. I would be a little hesitant to actually purchase the item without seeing it up close and in person. I want to make sure that I am getting my money’s worth for $36.

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