Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 23:06:34 PM. Shelf. By Alek.
Solid Brass Shelf Brackets - Strength and Beauty For the Home As an architectural element a shelf bracket serves an important function: assisting in the support and carrying of weight. Most brackets have a simple L shaped design of two "legs" with one side attaching to a wall and the top leg extending outwards to support overhanging objects. There are a variety of materials that can be used to construct a bracket including wood, stone or metals. Since a bracket is expected to carry a large amount of weight it is important to choose a high quality material that will not bend or snap under pressure. Choosing new brackets for a shelving project in the home is a simple process when it is broken down into a series of questions. 1) How Many Shelves Are Being Installed? A shelving system can range from one shelf to however many will fit in a given area. Take into account what will be stored on the shelves (books, knick knacks, tools, etc.) and consider any additional space certain items may require. 2) What Material Will the Shelves Be Made Of? Shelves can be metal, wood, glass or even plastic. The type of material is especially important to consider when storing heavier objects such as books or home hardware. Thinner materials will bend and can possibly break under extreme weight so choose a higher quality material such as wood if needed. 3) How Many Brackets Will It Take? This will depend greatly upon the size of the shelf - a good rule of thumb is the longer the shelf, the more brackets each shelf will require. If you shelf length exceeds 30 inches plan on using at least 3 brackets - it is important to provide adequate support for longer shelves to prevent sagging or breakage. 4) Where Should They Be Installed? Shelf brackets should always be installed into a stud - do not mount a shelf bracket into drywall only because it will get torn off the wall when weight is added. A stud finder is a simple and inexpensive tool available in most home hardware stores and a good investment for all homeowners. If brackets are being installed into a solid wall such as brick or concrete, wall anchors will need to be used. Installing these anchors into weak areas (such as mortar) will cause the same problems as installation directly into drywall over time. 5) How Much Weight Can One Shelf Carry? This will depend entirely on the material the shelf is made of and what it is carrying. A glass shelf will typically support no more than 50 pounds while wood and metal shelves can carry anywhere from 200 to 400 pounds depending on thickness. Solid brass shelf brackets offer added strength and durability over time and come in a variety of ornate designs to add beauty to any shelving system. A bracket is a focal point of design and a unique shelving bracket will transform a boring shelf into a decorative element in the home. Shelf brackets can be matched with other existing patterns in the home or stand alone as a new and exciting change from the ordinary.
Organizing With Shelf Liners Shelf liners have been around for a long time. They have gained a reputation as one of the "must haves" in the kitchen, along with the egg timer, the can opener and the metal basket steamer. But in recent years other more creative uses have been found for shelf liners. These uses include as liners for refrigerator shelves, as temporary protective, slip free covers for counter tops and even as decorative accents for those times when youre entertaining guests and want everything to be just right. The Refrigerator If you enjoy leaning into your fridge and scrubbing unidentified gunk left on the shelf for months, stop reading now. If you prefer spending your time doing other things, heres a tip for you: Install shelf liners on the flat surfaces of your refrigerator. By covering the flat surfaces with shelf liner, your refrigerator becomes protected against all those unseen leaks, spills drops and drips that contaminate, coagulate and congeal for months at a time. When the time comes to clean next time, all you will have to do is remove the shelf liner and replace it with a new batch. Temporary Table Top This method is handy for when you need your table top to be something more. For example, if you are eating outside at the picnic table in the summertime, lay down a sheet or two of shelf liner and the lemons and limes will stop rolling off the uneven surface. Or if the table has been peeling paint and being a target for bird droppings, you may want a fresh slate to serve on. A Shelf liner fits the bill. Decorative This is a growing trend with these items as well as with adhesive contact papers. Because they are available in such a wide variety of colors, patterns and styles, they are frequently used to decorate. For example, if you are having the family over for dinner you can top your dining room table with a style that matches the decor of the room. Or you can use it on top of the linen table cloth as an extra protection against spills, stains and slips.
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