Storage Character

Add whimsy to your décor and cut down on clutter with the DIYShelf Shelfbot modular shelving system. Made by hand in the U.S., Shelfbots look like minimalist robots. Arms, legs, torso—they’re all there, making an imaginative, customizable way to display plants, photos, books . . . anything you like. Whimsical enough for kids’ shelving, Shelfbots are fun for grown-up spaces, too. Founder Adil Vezir makes Shelfbots in Pennsylvania out of pine sourced from sustainably managed forests. Pine doesn’t give off formaldehyde fumes the way cheaper, medium-density fiberboard and plywood can. The Shelfbot finishes are nontoxic, too. Shelfbots are made to order; you can choose to have them arrive assembled or you can easily put them together yourself. You can also choose how to set them up; hung on a wall (straight up, sideways, or upside down) or freestanding. Either way, they put the fun in functional.

DIYShelf

Modular Storage

Storage Character

Add whimsy to your décor and cut down on clutter with the DIYShelf Shelfbot modular shelving system. Made by hand in the U.S., Shelfbots look like minimalist robots. Arms, legs, torso—they’re all there, making an imaginative, customizable way to display plants, photos, books . . . anything you like. Whimsical enough for kids’ shelving, Shelfbots are fun for grown-up spaces, too. Founder Adil Vezir makes Shelfbots in Pennsylvania out of pine sourced from sustainably managed forests. Pine doesn’t give off formaldehyde fumes the way cheaper, medium-density fiberboard and plywood can. The Shelfbot finishes are nontoxic, too. Shelfbots are made to order; you can choose to have them arrive assembled or you can easily put them together yourself. You can also choose how to set them up; hung on a wall (straight up, sideways, or upside down) or freestanding. Either way, they put the fun in functional.
Handcrafted
Independent Maker
Made in the USA
Sustainable Living

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Adil
    Adil

    Hello Grommet Community. My name is Adil Vezir, inventor and Founder of DIYShelf LLC. I will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about this innovative modular furniture design!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 11:28 AM

    I’ve never looked at a shelf and thought "how can I make this fun?" What was your inspiration and is that mindset something you always have?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:30 AM

    The original inspiration was to make a storage solution for my kid’s endless collection of “stuff”. I wanted to create something visually interesting but at the same time flexible and modular. Something that can grow and change with you. I wanted to make something that has traditionally been very fixed and rigid into something more fluid with more flexibility and a sense of movement.

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:30 AM

    When friends and family saw what I had done and loved it, I knew we had something special, and that it shouldn’t be limited to just a kids market. As an artist and prototype designer and someone who is always making things, I do tend to look at things in a more creative, out-of-the-box kind of way.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 11:31 AM

    Was developing a business around it an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:31 AM

    I just made it for fun as a way of re-cycling salvaged material and creating storage, but all the positive feedback I got finally gave me the aha moment that it could become a real product. The process of making DIYShelf into a business was a more gradual process taking over 3 years, of development, research, prototyping, and refining, to get to where it is today.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 11:31 AM

    Why should people have a DIY shelf over a regular, boring shelf?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:36 AM

    Most of the furniture out there is poorly made mostly from materials containing formaldehyde which is carcinogenic, our products are handmade from sustainable sourced select pine and are toxic free.

    For some people their generic old boring furniture is sufficient and that’s ok, but what makes DIYShelf unique is that it allows you unparalleled freedom to personalize and create a completely unique storage and display unit anywhere in your home, dorm or office. Everyone needs more storage space no matter how much you already have. DIYShelf offers people multiple levels of creative involvement to choose from that fits them the best.

    They can:

    DIY it or have us fully assemble each unit.

    Easily hang each ShelfBot in 4 different orientations.

    Paint/ finish or stain it themselves.

    Choose from over 10 great colors or natural wood

    Arrange, stack and connect multiple units in new ways and combinations.

    No other shelving product offers as much freedom to be Unique, Creative and FUNctional at the same time.

  • Susan J
    Susan J
    9/28/2015 12:36 PM

    I understand that The Grommet ships free for orders over $50.00. Is there an extra cost if it is shipped fully assembled? Thank you!

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 12:46 PM

    @Susan J I don't believe there is an extra cost for shipping, just for assembly. DIY version partially assembled cost is 119.95 Natural finish fully assembled costs 149.95

  • Susan J
    Susan J
    9/28/2015 2:22 PM

    @Adil Thank you! Sue

  • David
    David
    9/28/2015 2:19 PM

    How are they assembled? Screws? Thanks

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 3:00 PM

    @David Head and torso, arm and leg sections are already pre-assembled in the DIY version, all you have to do is connect the sections together, and yes it is with included screws. Minimal assembly required!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    9/28/2015 3:01 PM

    So how is this different from me going to my local Lowe's/Home Depot and buying wood and nailing to together? What is unique/special about it that the regular DIY person could produce?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 3:21 PM

    @Leslie Good question! These shelves look deceptively simple but it took a lot of craftmanship and prototyping to get it to where it is today. They are designed to be modular and can fit together in the most optimal way so the chosen proportions are not random. A good woodworker may be able to imitate it but is a unique patent-pending product. We made it so a regular DIY person doesn't need to try and go to the trouble of reproducing it as we have a DIY version available that they can immediately customize and personalize in many other creative ways.

  • Mickey
    Mickey
    9/28/2015 4:59 PM

    I appreciatye every aspect of this product and plan to share with family and friends who will enoy the uniqueness and quality. The difficult part for me will be deciding which design I want. Thank you for your responsible creativity.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 5:23 PM

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Mickey! Made in America, handcrafted, AND made of sustainable materials! That's a hat trick!

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    9/28/2015 3:12 PM

    Hello!

    This shelving is very clever as well as functional. Can I paint the plywood or stain it?

    Thanks!

    Catherine

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 3:23 PM

    @Catherine Thanks for your comment!

    The shelves are NOT made of ply-wood but 100% natural select pine, with no knots, so they are perfect for painting or staining, any way you choose!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    9/28/2015 8:30 PM

    I think these things are really cool! I love the way they look like figures standing against the wall....that is really unique. Shelves have always been boring looking but these are NOT boring at all....they are really awesome!

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 8:57 PM

    @Sandra Thank you for your wonderful comment. Our ShelfBots are based on some of the oldest archetypal images in art history which makes them oddly familiar and yet very contemporary at the same time. We've been told they are awesome quite a few times and we agree! :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 9:18 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Sandra, I couldn't agree more! They really are awesome. I'm looking at all of my shelves in disgust right now. They look ridiculous.

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 9:39 PM

    @Mike that is pretty funny...

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

DIYShelf

Modular Storage

Storage Character

Add whimsy to your décor and cut down on clutter with the DIYShelf Shelfbot modular shelving system. Made by hand in the U.S., Shelfbots look like minimalist robots. Arms, legs, torso—they’re all there, making an imaginative, customizable way to display plants, photos, books . . . anything you like. Whimsical enough for kids’ shelving, Shelfbots are fun for grown-up spaces, too.

Founder Adil Vezir makes Shelfbots in Pennsylvania out of pine sourced from sustainably managed forests. Pine doesn’t give off formaldehyde fumes the way cheaper, medium-density fiberboard and plywood can. The Shelfbot finishes are nontoxic, too.

Shelfbots are made to order; you can choose to have them arrive assembled or you can easily put them together yourself. You can also choose how to set them up; hung on a wall (straight up, sideways, or upside down) or freestanding. Either way, they put the fun in functional.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Adil
    Adil

    Hello Grommet Community. My name is Adil Vezir, inventor and Founder of DIYShelf LLC. I will be delighted to answer any questions you may have about this innovative modular furniture design!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 11:28 AM

    I’ve never looked at a shelf and thought "how can I make this fun?" What was your inspiration and is that mindset something you always have?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:30 AM

    The original inspiration was to make a storage solution for my kid’s endless collection of “stuff”. I wanted to create something visually interesting but at the same time flexible and modular. Something that can grow and change with you. I wanted to make something that has traditionally been very fixed and rigid into something more fluid with more flexibility and a sense of movement.

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:30 AM

    When friends and family saw what I had done and loved it, I knew we had something special, and that it shouldn’t be limited to just a kids market. As an artist and prototype designer and someone who is always making things, I do tend to look at things in a more creative, out-of-the-box kind of way.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 11:31 AM

    Was developing a business around it an ‘aha’ moment or more of a gradual process?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:31 AM

    I just made it for fun as a way of re-cycling salvaged material and creating storage, but all the positive feedback I got finally gave me the aha moment that it could become a real product. The process of making DIYShelf into a business was a more gradual process taking over 3 years, of development, research, prototyping, and refining, to get to where it is today.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 11:31 AM

    Why should people have a DIY shelf over a regular, boring shelf?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 11:36 AM

    Most of the furniture out there is poorly made mostly from materials containing formaldehyde which is carcinogenic, our products are handmade from sustainable sourced select pine and are toxic free.

    For some people their generic old boring furniture is sufficient and that’s ok, but what makes DIYShelf unique is that it allows you unparalleled freedom to personalize and create a completely unique storage and display unit anywhere in your home, dorm or office. Everyone needs more storage space no matter how much you already have. DIYShelf offers people multiple levels of creative involvement to choose from that fits them the best.

    They can:

    DIY it or have us fully assemble each unit.

    Easily hang each ShelfBot in 4 different orientations.

    Paint/ finish or stain it themselves.

    Choose from over 10 great colors or natural wood

    Arrange, stack and connect multiple units in new ways and combinations.

    No other shelving product offers as much freedom to be Unique, Creative and FUNctional at the same time.

  • Susan J
    Susan J
    9/28/2015 12:36 PM

    I understand that The Grommet ships free for orders over $50.00. Is there an extra cost if it is shipped fully assembled? Thank you!

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 12:46 PM

    @Susan J I don't believe there is an extra cost for shipping, just for assembly. DIY version partially assembled cost is 119.95 Natural finish fully assembled costs 149.95

  • Susan J
    Susan J
    9/28/2015 2:22 PM

    @Adil Thank you! Sue

  • David
    David
    9/28/2015 2:19 PM

    How are they assembled? Screws? Thanks

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 3:00 PM

    @David Head and torso, arm and leg sections are already pre-assembled in the DIY version, all you have to do is connect the sections together, and yes it is with included screws. Minimal assembly required!

  • Leslie
    Leslie
    9/28/2015 3:01 PM

    So how is this different from me going to my local Lowe's/Home Depot and buying wood and nailing to together? What is unique/special about it that the regular DIY person could produce?

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 3:21 PM

    @Leslie Good question! These shelves look deceptively simple but it took a lot of craftmanship and prototyping to get it to where it is today. They are designed to be modular and can fit together in the most optimal way so the chosen proportions are not random. A good woodworker may be able to imitate it but is a unique patent-pending product. We made it so a regular DIY person doesn't need to try and go to the trouble of reproducing it as we have a DIY version available that they can immediately customize and personalize in many other creative ways.

  • Mickey
    Mickey
    9/28/2015 4:59 PM

    I appreciatye every aspect of this product and plan to share with family and friends who will enoy the uniqueness and quality. The difficult part for me will be deciding which design I want. Thank you for your responsible creativity.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 5:23 PM

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Mickey! Made in America, handcrafted, AND made of sustainable materials! That's a hat trick!

  • Catherine
    Catherine
    9/28/2015 3:12 PM

    Hello!

    This shelving is very clever as well as functional. Can I paint the plywood or stain it?

    Thanks!

    Catherine

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 3:23 PM

    @Catherine Thanks for your comment!

    The shelves are NOT made of ply-wood but 100% natural select pine, with no knots, so they are perfect for painting or staining, any way you choose!

  • Sandra
    Sandra
    9/28/2015 8:30 PM

    I think these things are really cool! I love the way they look like figures standing against the wall....that is really unique. Shelves have always been boring looking but these are NOT boring at all....they are really awesome!

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 8:57 PM

    @Sandra Thank you for your wonderful comment. Our ShelfBots are based on some of the oldest archetypal images in art history which makes them oddly familiar and yet very contemporary at the same time. We've been told they are awesome quite a few times and we agree! :)

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    9/28/2015 9:18 PM

    Thanks for the comment, Sandra, I couldn't agree more! They really are awesome. I'm looking at all of my shelves in disgust right now. They look ridiculous.

  • Adil
    Adil – Special Guest
    9/28/2015 9:39 PM

    @Mike that is pretty funny...

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.