Wall Mounted Cubbies: Pottery Barn vs. CB2

Posted September 13th, 2010 by design4men and filed in Furniture, Interior Design
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My plan was to use the CB2 Wire 9 Cube Wall Shelf (l) to create a bar in my place.  And then, I happened upon the very similar Vintage Metal Wall-Mount Cubby system (r) at Pottery Barn.  I immediately had to compare and contrast to determine which to buy.

THE FUNCTIONALITY

Both units have  9 cubbies and are comparable in  width and height.  So, scale isn’t an issue.  However, the Pottery Barn unit is narrower, sized more for DVDs, CDs, and such so it is 6″ deep as opposed to the 8″ for the CB2.  Hmm…how many glasses and bottles can I fit on a 6″ shelf  I thought.

THE CONSTRUCTION

The Pottery Barn unit appears far more substantial than the CB2 version because of the solid sides and shelves.  Both units inclde blackened iron wire.

THE PRICE

Comparable, PB – $100, CB2 – $90

THE DECISION

Pottery Barn,  despite being narrower, the unit is far more substantial in appearance and construction.  And there will be plenty of space for my glasses and such.  Not to worry, if you prefer the CB2 version, the customer reviews are favorable.

THE ALTERNATIVE:

I also love the staggered installation of the above Pottery Barn Wooden Modular Crates as I was also considering something a little less structured.

IMAGE CREDITS: CB2 and Pottery Barn