A unique storage system developed by a Grand Junction couple ranks among the top 100 new home products in an annual list compiled for a popular home improvement magazine, television show and Web site.
This Old House named the Glideware system to its fourth annual TOH Top 100.
“To have the prestigious stamp of approval from This Old House is an achievement beyond our dreams,” said Dave Hall, who along with wife Jenny Hall invented Glideware.
Thousands of products were tested in seven categories in compiling the TOH Top 100, said Scott Omelianuk, editor of This Old House. “The 2014 list is full of products that wowed us for their innovation and their ability to create breakthroughs in their categories. We are confident that our readers will be as excited by them as we are.”
The Halls invented Glideware as a solution to a problem: organizing pots and pans piled up inside kitchen cabinets. Jenny Hall believed there had to be a better way to store cookware without all the hassle, so she drew a crude sketch of an extendable rail with hooks from which pots and pans could hang. Dave Hall surprised her one day by actually constructing and installing the device. Dave used cabinet glides and wood to fashion an extendable rail with a gap in the center through which metal hooks could be suspended.
The Halls soon realized they’d created a product with potential for commercial production for organizing not only cookware, but also brooms and mops, purses and a variety of other items. The Halls filed for patent protection, found a manufacturer and launched a company they called Glideware.
“The Glideware story proves that America is still the land of opportunity, and the kitchen is still the most important room of the house,” Dave Hall said.
The system features a fully extendable, top-mounted rail system that can hold 27 pieces of cookware in a 27-inch cabinet and can be installed in minutes using just four screws.
Omelianuk said the list helps homeowners sort through a seemingly endless supply of new home improvement products in the marketplace. “For the annual TOH Top 100, we sift through them to identify the ones that will actually save our 10 million readers time and money while enabling them to fix up their homes with greater ease and style.”
This Old House magazine has a circulation of 950,000 and reaches an audience of nearly 6.5 million print readers. This Old House also reaches homeowners through a television show and Web site.
Inclusion in the TOH Top 100 is the latest accolade for Glideware and the Halls. In February, Glideware captured one of four awards presented at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, an event billed as the largest trade show of its kind in the nation.
Meanwhile, the Halls have been working to develop a network of dealers and distributors to sell Glideware across the United States and Canada. The couple also has been working on a new version of their storage system that will feature stainless steel glides with a soft-closing feature as well as version constructed with plastic with an anti-bacterial additive that can be used for outdoor cooking and in medical and health care settings.
For more information about Glideware, visit www.glideware.com.