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Display and Wall Shelves

Wall shelves are both a clever storage solution and a decorative feature. A wall shelf can bring order to that mammoth book collection, showcase your favourite trinkets and photos at eye level, and help to keep your floor clear of clutter. And that’s not all: there is a huge range of floating shelves, corner shelves and picture ledges to suit any room of your house, not to mention budget.

If you are wondering how best to fill your blank walls, here are a few things to consider:

Where should I put wall shelves?

For most spaces, the location will help you select the right unit to purchase, especially when it comes to style, material and size. For example, if you are looking to hang floating shelves in a hallway, units with hooks and cubbies for hanging keys or storing mail would help to keep things organised. However, for rooms such as the bathroom or garage, the conditions of the space may dictate the material or type of shelving. For instance, the humidity in a bathroom or kitchen may not be best for oak floating shelves, while heavy-handed usage in the garage would call for more durable metal shelving units.

What should I put on floating shelves?

Are you planning to line framed artwork against the wall? A book ledge or picture ledge would be best for keeping prints in place. The lip in the front of the wall shelving will hold the frames at a good viewing angle. Heavier and more substantial objects require stronger brackets and materials in order to prevent sagging. It’s a good idea to also mount the shelves on wall studs. For displaying a collection, tiered shelves will keep all of your valuables in a single line of vision. Floating bookshelves and units designed for media such as DVDs look great as playful curved designs with dividers and built-in bookends.

How can I make a wall shelf look decorative?

Looking for a light and airy wall unit that catches the eye? Floating shelves, or freestanding shelves, have interior mounting systems that enable them to appear as if they simply float on the walls, without any distracting or unattractive hardware. Pair dark wood with a light wall backing so your shelves pop out even more. Shelving with decorative mounting brackets are more rustic, while picture frame-style shelves and intricately carved open cabinet shelves will add a touch of the baroque to a bedroom. Modular wall shelves or cubbies allow you to easily design miniature wall vignettes throughout your home. Keep them aligned or go crazy and opt for an asymmetric arrangement. If you are looking to create more of an eclectic and collection-driven home, than these compartmental designs are perfect solutions.
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