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Shelf liner

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I have never heard of shelf liner.
4(5.1%)
I have heard of it, but am not sure what it is.
1(1.3%)
No kitchen is complete without shelf liner.
1(1.3%)
Shelf liner is old fashioned.
1(1.3%)
Shelf liner isn't necessary on modern plastic-coated shelves.
2(2.5%)
Shelf liner is a con perpetuated by the design industry.
1(1.3%)
I use shelf liner.
9(11.4%)
I used to use shelf liner, but then I stopped.
3(3.8%)
I have never used shelf liner.
2(2.5%)


And the obvious, but accidentally omitted possibility: You know what shelf liner is, but choose not to bother with it.

I went to a decent kitchen shop today today to buy shelf liner, but they said they'd never stocked it, in all their years of operation. Am I looking in the wrong kind of shop? Am I looking in the wrong country? I've never installed it myself, but it's been a staple of most decent, owned-by-user, long-term kitchens (and often bathroom cabinets and drawers) I've experienced in my life.

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ewtikins
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I never used it in Canadia.

Here I have used greaseproof paper or foil or even tea towels to line shelves in shorter-term places, so that when I have to clean things when I move out it will be easy to make the shelves clean, but I suspect that is not what you mean.
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I meant, except you're improvising instead of buying a dedicated product.
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owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Scented shelf paper is Right Out.
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rjw1
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:18 pm (UTC)
my parents used wall paper pinned down. (well when i say parents i obvioulsy mean my mother since my dad probably couldnt care less)
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
That's sensible. Indeed, it wouldn't surprise me to learn there's no real difference between shelf paper and certain varieties of wall paper.
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owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
America has so many pretty shelf liners for sale! I've seen them around for most of my life, knowing they might some day come in handy when I acquired a kitchen I cared about.

And now I have, and the only ones I've found so far here - and those via websites - have been plain and practical - no designs at all.
sam_t
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
Lakeland Plastics have a metallic shelf liner, and someone gave me some very un-me scented flowery drawer lining paper for Christmas one year, but apart from that I'm not sure I've seen it about, really. I just wipe shelves and cupboards periodically, which seems to work for me.
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
I won't do scented ones either. Of any sort. Of course Lakeland would have a solution! Not a pretty one, but functional, which is the first important thing.
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relentlesstoil
Oct. 27th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Rubbermaid makes a really nice stop-glassware-from-slipping shelf liner (but do not know if it is available outside the US; here you can get it in a supermarket). IKEA also makes nice stop-glassware-from-slipping shelf liner.
I am fond of pretty shelf liner for decoration's sake but have never actually used it.
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell - based on nascent web searches - there IS no pretty shelf liner in this country. Although I could use rjw1's suggestion of wallpaper, which would open up a whole array of designs. (I don't want to have to glue it down though.)
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celandineb
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have shelf liner solely because it was there when we moved into the house. The only sort I find useful is the rubbery stuff which helps keep things from sliding around, and then only in limited circumstances.

Once shelf liner has been used, though, you pretty much are stuck with it. If you remove the old stuff the shelf tends to be permanently sticky, so you have to put new liner in. :-(
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
My parents' is loose on the shelf, so having sticky shelves was not a by-product which ever occurred to me. That would explain why so many people manage to keep theirs snug to the shelf though....
littleowl
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
There was contact paper on the shelves in our old apartment in Berkeley.
Every apartment we had after that had none and I never bought any or put down any sort of paper.

We have none in our present house, but I've thought about putting some down on one of our shelves since I'm using an Ikea bookshelf for extra kitchen storage space and the glasses leave rings sometimes if put away damp.

I don't like the spongey-rubbery-non-slidey stuff because ... well when I put stuff away I slide it in and not being able to slide it is annoying.

Since I can't see most of the tops of my shelves, I don't much see the point of pretty shelf-liner. It's totally invisible most of the time other than knowing that it's there?
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
My parents always used plain white, not glued down, not non-stick. That seems sensible to me.

Much as the pretty stuff is appealing, it seems more useful for the bedroom or maybe bathroom rather than dealing with all the hard-wearing required of a kitchen.

Still, there are some rather tasteful ones out there:
http://www.containerstore.com/browse/index.jhtml?CATID=69172 (although tractiony)
http://www.duckproducts.com/products/detail.asp?catid=5&subid=23&plid=104 (Mayan Leaf or Linen)
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sioneva
Oct. 27th, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not a fan of the stuff, because I've only ever had ugly, stuck-down shelf liner that I hated, but if I wanted protection I'd probably go with something that didn't have a print at all, or the rubbery non-skid drawer liner that you can buy in rolls.
alysonwonderlan
Oct. 27th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I hate shelf liner, but I see the logic in it, so I use it. I just used contact paper for our shelves in the condo, and had to use it because the people before us had obviously use it and pulled it off, so the shelves were all sticky! I did find a non-permanent mat in Ikea to use in my silverware drawer so that the silverware tray didn't slide all over the place.
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a good idea for a non-sliding silverware tray! (We're back at the point where we're shopping for the tray still, now that we have drawers in the kitchen.)
rhube
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Shelf liner must be a con, because I've never heard of it and as a result can't think why I'd need one ;-p
owlfish
Oct. 27th, 2008 07:18 pm (UTC)
Or it just may not be a British thing any more than modern-built sash windows are. I'm not sure.

They're not just intended for prettiness or to have non-slip shelves, as you might be led to believe by many of the other comments, although they can do that too. It's also meant to help keep delicate china from being chipped against hard shelves. Also, if you happened to have painted wooden shelves instead of plastic-coated ones, to keep the paint on the shelves from chipping. Also, it makes it easier to clean up messy cabinets and drawers, i.e. with spilled/broken bottles in them.
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lemur_catta
Oct. 27th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
My grandmother used to have the kind with the little fold down lacy edge.
I don't think I have a shelf paper kind of lifestyle.
eulistes
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Twee flowered (or, god help us, scented) shelf liners are pointless. Tasteful Florentine printed papers are useful for lining antique dressers whose old boards would otherwise tear holes in one's skivvies.

The real stuff is THIS, to which my mother introduced me and by which I now swear. Best thing in the world for large collections of martini glasses.

No, I'm not sure how you get it in the UK. But I'd be happy to bring you some in November!
esmeraldus_neo
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
That's similar to the stuff I was talking about in my comment, but the kind I meant comes in colors, and is probably less expensive. BB&B sells it, and so do a lot of grocery stores. I don't remember whether I saw any in Tesco, but there might have been.
tammabanana
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
I would like to make a caveat to my "I use shelf liner", which is the addition of "sometimes". I think it's only necessary when there is a good reason I want to protect either the shelf from the dish (i.e. cast iron) or the dish from the shelf (i.e. sticky substance in a rental apartment).
esmeraldus_neo
Oct. 27th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
You forgot "I looked at the shelf liner, looked at the shelves, judged what would be necessary to get the liner on the shelves, and said to myself, 'No, I really don't think so.'"

But I do use those rolls of slightly puffy non-skid stuff that keeps me from chipping the edges of my coffee mugs.
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