Friday, October 3, 2008

iss designs shelving system

ISS Designs

I'm on a roll with shelving systems for the vertical desk setup. I'd declare a shelving week as I did for mobile desks before but I don't think I can find enough of them for a week!

ISS Design's shelf system is interesting. They have shelf standards for wall mount, and for freestanding, which fastens to the ceiling or braces back to the wall. You would have to choose which configuration you prefer, and there are some considerations for both.

ISS Designs

Lets look at wall mount first. The good news is they have a rectangular bar shelf support. This means you can roll a mobile desk under it without a concern about hitting into a triangular shelf support. They make those as well, but the rectangular bars are a better match for use with a mobile desk. Their standard brackets come only 16" deep in the largest size. With a little overhang you could mate this with an 18" deep shelf to be the desk height surface. A little shallow, but enough for todays flat screens. They also make a heavy duty bracket which comes up to 24" deep. This is the perfect size, but the bracket is 3/4" deeper than the standard bracket. No problem, just a little bit more height difference between your mobile desk and deep shelf.

ISS Designs

They also make freestanding poles. Now if you were to use these you would combine a fairly short bracket, say 6" between the pole and the wall, and a deep bracket cantilevering out to the room, say 16" to make a total work surface depth of 24". The only trade-off here is your mobile desk can only roll under as far as the poles. This will increase the minimum distance you can get between the front of your mobile desk and your screen if you are using it for your computer station. Just something to keep in mind if you are the type to put your face in your screen.

ISS Designs

They are quite flexible and it really makes a handsome set of shelves. Perfect if you desire something that looks more finished than the Ikea Broder or E-Z Shelving systems.

ISS Designs

1 comment:

  1. Beware. Sounds like something must have changed at ISS Designs. We were very careful to design our wall system based on items ISS Designs already had in their online gallery. We submitted a detailed drawing with colors, sizes, and quantities of items clearly defined. The first parts that arrived were the poles that hold up the system. They sent silver poles instead of the black poles we had specified. We picked the black poles based on their online gallery. They said a customer had customized those poles and that for "additional money" they could have the poles powder coated for us. We decided to work with the silver poles to avoid delays. Also some screws were missing. After some phone calls customer service said they would send the missing parts before the cabinets and shelves arrived (they sent us the wrong screws but we couldn't tell until we tried to build the system). When the cabinets and shelves did arrive nearly everything was damaged from poor packaging and we rejected the shipment. When a new system arrived a few weeks later it was packed very well, but I noticed that the orange door faces were darker than we had specified and they had a different orange (the approved color) on the sides. Also, the shipment was missing some critical hardware that delayed assembly of the system for 2 weeks. ISS Designs made new doors with the approved colors, and sent us the missing hardware so we could finish the assembly. This is when we found that the drawer face for the center of the floating desk didn't fit. I called 3 times and sent customer service 7 emails and was finally able to get this resolved. I was a bit frustrated with all the issues we encountered throughout the process that I asked for a price discount to compensate for the 3 months of hassles. They offered me some bookends. I emailed and asked to speak with customer service again. They have never returned my calls. I asked to have a talk with the CEO of ISS Designs about my issues. They refused to give me the CEO's name and said “he was out of town.” My only options are to post this so others won't have to endure the same outcome. We’re still hoping for a call back.
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