5 Stars By Valerie Herren on 2015-02-04
I do recommend securing to the door
Overall serves its purpose very well. I do recommend securing to the door. I didn't want to use the screws because we are renting and beyond that I believe the door is hollow, so I used small clear Command hooks to secure it. (See photo)
5 Stars By trnzam on 2015-08-16
Some problems but all is well now!
Seemed kind of flimsy when i received it & put it together. It comes in 2 parts that are held together with wire hooks. It also comes with a little wall kit to secure it. I didn't want to use that because my pantry door is hollow & thinner than what the overdoor hooks fit so it moves a lot & stuff falls. Plus smaller items & spice jars don't stand up well & tilt between the wires of the racks.
So this is what I did:
I used zip ties to secure the wire hooks to each half & attached a set of Command hooks to the bottom half & secured to the door so now there's no movement. I purchased some single vinyl tiles from Home Depot (the ones I got were about $0.70 ea). I cut them up to fit the shelves and VOILA!!
Through a little ingenuity & tips from others, its now perfect!! And I love that I can now see what I have.
4 Stars By LC9919 on 1969-12-31
Excellent for light weight items
I love this. It is exactly what I needed, but you cannot just hang it over the door and toss anything on it.
1: It is NOT suitable for anything heavy. This is for spices, cereal, cling film, etc.
2: It MUST be secured to the door. The item comes with hardware, but I used Command hooks.
3: The shelves are open on the sides and the wire bottom makes it hard for round spice jars to stand upright. I fixed this by using a flap from the shipping box as a liner.
4: Add more usable vertical space by taking some yarn and zig-zagging it between some shelves.
5 Stars By jend86 on 2016-02-09
I would recommend this for anyone needing a cheap, non-permanent organizing solution.
As others have stated, this is not the best quality rack however, it is perfectly fine for my needs! I needed it for cleaning supplies, some cards games and maybe some pantry extras. I would not fill it up with cans but I think it should be able to hold a few cans and most everything else.
Some people dislike that it came in 2 pieces but I actually like that fact. We will definitely be moving again and it will be so much easier to pack when we do. It does, in fact, need to be secured to the door or it flops around. It comes with screws to do this but if you don't want to put holes in your door, another commenter used some 3M hooks. They look like what I used to hang Christmas lights inside in the window and I plan on using those hooks and their idea to secure this rack to the door.
I would recommend this for anyone needing a cheap, non-permanent organizing solution.
EDIT: I used some command hooks to secure the rack to the door and it was very successful! Pictures now included.
3 Stars By Ray Rauch on 2015-05-08
Not suitible for heavy items (eg cans) Great for chips or light weight items.
Very lightweight unit. Not really suitable for canned goods (as the description suggests) rather probably best for light weight items like chips or boxed lightweight items. It would probably work well for gift wrap (also in the description) I was hoping to use this for cans but I attached to the door loaded up with cans and it promptly bent the brackets off the back of the door and dumped all the canned goods on the floor. It was rather comical with me yelling for my wife to help as cans pelted down from the door. So long as you don't have heavy items this item will work.
1 Stars By tech on 2016-06-19
Almost perfect except that the company doesn't provide a means to properly secure it to the door.
"HATE" is a strong word. With minor corrections it becomes a very useful door shelving unit. That's my issue, you have to fix what I attribute to bad design.
If you assemble the unit as designed it will hang on the door. The hangers may or may not fit the door (mine have a 1in gap). Even if the hangers fir the door the problem persists. The baskets sway back and forth as you open/close the door. This causes the contents in the baskets to fall in all sorts of creative ways. Depending on the weight of the objects in the baskets this may also disconnect the top and bottom sections. So here's the $5 fix the company should have included with the product.
purchase a multi-pack of clear plastic Command hooks (0.5lb, 18 pack) $4 at a local store. Also pick up clear zip ties (9in $1 a bag). Use the zip ties to properly secure the 2 sections together. Use the clear plastic hooks to hold the whole thing in place. Once secured it works perfectly. See the photos for more examples.
zip ties are in RED
hooks are in BLUE
you will want to secure both sides with evenly spaced hooks.
5 Stars By Michelle on 2015-11-27
Great everyday rack for the price
i simply needed a rack to install on the back of a utility closet door to hold things such as cleaning supplies, tapes, light bulbs and everyday tools. Before making a purchase online, I make it a habit to read several reviews - both positive and negative. Reading a few negative reviews NEARLY dissuaded me from my purchase, but I couldn't get away from the fact of the very reasonable price. I honestly did not have huge expectations. HOW WRONG I WAS!
I am very pleased with this rack! Knowing it is a back of door rack, it kind of seems like "Common Sense" that you would need to secure it to said door. In retrospect, I should have cracked up laughing at the reviews which complained things fell out of the back of the rack when it has no back (the door does that) and it wasn't secure - the comedian famous for the saying "Here's Your Sign" comes to mind. The only "challenge" was trying to secure the rack using the puny small headed screws provided. They simply do not do a good job of securing the "notch" where the screw is meant to go. I easily resolved that by placing a washer between the screw head and the rack's notch. Easy peasy! Now the rack is quite secure.
I like that the "depth" of the rack is perfect and does not stick out further than the door frame - enabling me to place in the utility closet without having shelves interfere with the rack. Now, I have commonly used items in easy reach and my closet is free from the clutter formerly taking up space. I plan to order at least two more: one for the bathroom door and the other for the back of the door leading into my basement.
Bottom line- This rack is a very cost effective way to organize commonly used items, freeing up shelving and giving new purpose to previously wasted space. It is not appropriate for industrial use or strong enough to hang from (not the purpose anyway!). Use common sense and you will be pleased as well!
3 Stars By Brittany Henderson on 2018-01-18
Needs to be secured to the door with screws.
It seems like you could just put this over the door and then place your items on it. If you do this though the items push on the door creating a gap and then what you want to store falls though as the door is opened and closed. It comes with hardware to secure it to the door, however I was hoping to use this for my classroom and drilling into the door is not an option for me. If you are not willing or unable to drill into your door, then this probably isn't the product for you. I've made it work so far with some small 3M hooks, but it isn't ideal.
4 Stars By Julia M. on 2016-09-05
Shared apartment? Shelf works great with some creativity!
This was used in a dorm closet year, and will be again this year. I came back today to see if I can find replacement door hooks for it, as it seems they were misplaced over the summer, or left on the door of her last dorm. It worked well for fluffy stuff like pasta near the center of the shelf, with smaller cans placed near the edges. Just takes a little space/weight planning. Here are some hints for other purchasers to make it dorm or renter worthy:
I got a roll of the non-adhesive grippy shelf liner wide enough for the shelf to rest against, I think it was 20" or 24" wide by at least 5'. Use roll leftovers under a printer, to grip glass jars when opening, or as intended. Sturdy twist ties were used to affix it to the back of the shelf. This helped hold the shelf in place when the door was opened, stopped all that clanging around of cans against the metal door, and kept items from falling out the back of the shelf. The flattened out amazon shipping box also would have worked fine as a shelf unit backing. Once that was done, Command hooks or a similar fastener to anchor it would have been great, but are banned on the rental agreement on any painted surface.
Options we came up with, are:
- Over the door hooks up from the bottom or sides, wired to the rack if they're too short to reach. Use a little grippy mat under them to help keep the hooks put or take up any door width gap.
- Strapping tape works ok for doors with little gap between the trim and door, or where seeing the door with no with no bands of color is desired. Make 2 tabs of tape long enough to reach to the other side, wrapping it around the rack and smoothing both adhesive sides together and then pass the tabs through the door seams. Use another length of tape (shiny side to door) on the outer door to tightly connect the tabs. Cover the exposed adhesive with another length of tape, some paper, a decorative border or hang a poster from it - get creative :)
- Duct tape applied same as above with the textured side to the door works even better, if your door gaps are wide enough to allow for the double back. The texture gives it some grip to keep it where it was placed. Duct tape comes in so many colors and patterns now, my daughter had some fun adding a splash of color to an 'apartment almond' room. Or hang a poster on the outer door - the tape's already there!
If you have a kid off to a shared apartment or dorm life that has extremely limited space for the personal things, the price is right for its use and does free up a lot of space. Perfect for those that don't want to keep those 'like gold' items such as cookies from grandma, one-cup coffee's for 'that machine', batteries, light bulbs, foil, or garbage bags out in the community space pantry. With a little creativity this shelf unit helps immensely.
4 Stars By Slothie1 on 2017-01-09
I looked at a lot of these over the door storage racks and in the end decided I would just go with the least expensive ($20) since there didn't seem to be much of a difference in them from either the descriptions or reviews. Like all the ones I looked at, this one does not have any back to the shelves - you just have to rely on the door. Fortunately, this was less of a problem than I thought it would be - even without screwing it to the door, which in my opinion sort of defeats the purpose of it hanging over the door. I did use some small bungees and stretched them across the back to help secure items and that has worked perfectly and you don't even see them. All-in-all this was perfect for hanging behind the kitchen door and holding the rolls of aluminum foil, saran wrap, Ziplock bags, etc. that take up valuable room in the cabinets/drawers in my kitchen. It seems sturdy enough and pretty well made - nice and level and fit over the standard door with no issues. It doesn't bang around very much at all even though it is not secured with screws and we can still leave the door open and only lost about two inches. I would recommend this product, but I still wish there was an option that had had a "back" to the shelves.