Tips for lining your shelves and drawers
You would be wise to line your shelves and drawers as it will keep them in better condition, and they will last longer. Your biggest tip for lining your shelves and drawers is using the right liner. The following are your options for drawer liners, and how to use them:
You can find cork in rolls of several feet in length, you will have to cut it to size. Cork is a great option if you want a resilient surface that cushions fragile items like glassware. Another huge plus of cork is that it resists mold and mildew, so it is perfect for glass ware.
Another great liner option is cedar. Because cedar has some really repellent properties, it is a great option for lining areas that moths and other insects would be a concern. For example, if you line the drawer where you store your linens with cedar, you will find far fewer moths. Also, cedar is great for lining spice cupboard shelves or drawers.
If you want to have a drawer for smaller items, and items that should not be afraid to use rubber. You can buy rubber liners at several kitchen stores. It is great for much because it is non-slip. However, you should not store silverware on rubber as it has sulfur which causes corrosion.
When you think of drawer liners you probably think of those stick on liners that come in yellow brown and orange, and that your grandmother used as a child. Well, we are talking about the same thing, but they now come in much more attractive colors and patterns. However, this traditional adhesive liner is difficult to handle and remove. It would be wise to choose a different option, or at least look for a low tack version of the adhesive liners.
A felt liner is common in drawers or boxed containing silverware, but that does not mean it can't and shouldn't be used elsewhere. If you do use felt however, especially if you use it in a silverware drawer, you will want to treat it with an anti-tarnish agent or spray first.
When lining drawers, try and cut the liner slightly smaller than the drawer so it is easy to install, and remove, if needed. Chances are you will not have something that goes clear to the edges anyway.
When lining drawers, keep the instructions to the liner in a safe place, also insure you use a liner that is safe for all items you will be keeping in the drawer. You would not want to corrode your silver, or ruin something else because you use a liner that is bad for that product. It is not rocket science, but it is important to check out your liner options and see what is best for what you will be storing.
Always line your drawers if you can help it. Moisture can ruin your cabinets, wood, etc. and can cause it to warp. You want to make sure that you line your drawers so that you can keep things sanitary and clean as well. You can replace your liners every six months for a fresh look and feel for your drawers, and to keep them more sanitary.
Line anything that you feel may need a lining, it is better to be safe than sorry, and replacing cabinets and shelves and drawers can be very expensive, so protect what you have with liners.