Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 19:09:34 PM. Shelf. By Alek.
Easy Home Storage Projects - Building a Floating Wall Shelf When it comes to home storage, floating wall shelves are incredibly versatile. They can be added just about anywhere, from the garage to your living room, bathroom, bedrooms or kitchen. Line the shelves with storage baskets to conceal clutter, or display decorative items, childrens toys, or books. The options are virtually endless. Plus, floating shelves can be finished in a multitude of ways to accommodate any decor. Use a bright paint color to contrast the wall and have a modern pop, or use a classic wood stain to create a rustic, traditional feel. Creating floating wall shelves is such a simple carpentry project, that even a novice can tackle it. All you need for this project is wood, a tape measure, sandpaper, a leveler, a jig saw, L brackets, varnish, and wood stain or paint and paint brushes. When you are ready to go, simply follow these instructions: • First you must determine the shelving dimensions. The standard thickness for a shelf is 1", but you can create shelves of any length or width, depending on your needs and the space you have. • Once you have determined the dimensions, measure the wall space with your tap measure, transfer the measurement to the wood, and then cut the wood to the required length using the jig saw. • Use the sand paper to smooth out the jagged edge left behind by the jig saw. This will give your shelf a clean, smooth finish. If the wood is jagged on other edges, smooth those out as well. • Stain or paint the entire shelf before attaching it to the wall. Wood may require more than one coat of paint. Be sure to let the paint dry completely before applying a second coat. • Once the paint or stain is completely dry, apply varnish. This will give the shelf a protective finish that minimizes day-to-day wear and tear. If you want the shelf to be glossy, apply a second coat of varnish. You should gently sand the shelf between varnish coats to ensure a smooth finish. • Attach the L brackets to the shelf first. I recommend spacing them every 24" for a stronger, more stable shelf. • Now attach the shelf to the wall. I recommend using a leveler to ensure the shelf is perfectly even.
Wall Shelf - Advantages of Having More Space You know, Ive installed plenty of wall shelves in my time. For one reason or another, the convenience of having more space to place things in a room in an orderly fashion will bring about a feeling of peaceful bliss. Your surroundings will be so well organized that you will want to jump up for joy! What I am going to do here is give you examples of what people I know have done with wall shelf to take advantage of limited space. Im hoping this will give you some ideas of the useful intentions of wall shelving. My first example is what my friend Tony did with wall shelf in his living room. Tony and his wife Jennifer own a home in upstate New York. This three bedroom, two and one half bath ranch home has a living room with a fireplace in the middle of the wall on the far end of the room. Tony and Jennifer have been collecting limited edition crystal figurines for the last 15 years. At first, when the collection was small, they displayed them on the coffee table and end tables in their living room. As time went on and the collection got larger and larger, these beautiful crystals needed a place dedicated to this collection. With no room for a large curio cabinet, Tony had an idea. He took one look at the wall space above the fireplace and right away he thought of wall shelves. After searching all over online, Tony and Jennifer decided to go with a floating glass shelf system called the "Wave." This curved glass comes in sections 24 inches wide by 8 inches deep. With these wavy glass shelves you can assemble them in a wave for as wide as you want to go by adding another 24 inch shelf side by side. Tony and Jennifer decided to go with two six foot long shelves above the fireplace. The shelves were about 18 inches above each other. They were able to display their entire collection of crystal figurines and the living room looked spectacular. My other friends John and Gina turned their family room into their entertainment room. On one wall they had a 60 inch flat panel TV. Below the TV was a solid oak wall mount shelf open cabinet. The cabinet itself had two shelves to accommodate their CD and DVD collection. Sitting on top of this shelving cabinet was the receiver/amplifier for their home theater along with the subwoofer of the audio system. In all four corners of the room are Architectural Elements corner wall shelves of honey oak. These corner wall shelves are about 2/3 of the way up the wall corners with the other speakers of the home theater system sitting on them. When I watched a movie with them, it was like being in a movie theater. My last example for making more room with wall shelves is over at the home of my neighbor down the street. This is the home of Bruce and Maurine. They have a recreation room in their basement. On one side of the room is a pool table. On the other side of the room is a ping pong table. Along with their two children, Shauna 12 years old and Michael 14 years old, Bruce and Maurine are very much into sports. Shauna is on the figure skating team at the local rink. Michael plays on the local little league baseball team in the summer and on the hockey team at the local rink during the winter. Both Bruce and Maurine are on separate bowling leagues. To say the least, over the past few years, trophies have accumulated in their home. It got to the point that there was no place designated to display all their trophies. Maurine had an idea. There was a lot of open wall space in the basement recreation room. Why not put up a large shelf on each wall? So after searching online for a little while, Maurine found the perfect solution to their trophy displaying problem. What Maurine did was to install the Vertigo 4 piece shelf set in Java which is a dark coffee colored wood. This 4 piece set added enough room to all four walls of the recreation room to more than adequately supply space for the entire familys trophy collection. Wall shelf not only provides more space to display your prized possessions, you will also enjoy a form of wall furniture that provides a comfortable warm feeling inside. Take a look at all the artful styles of wall shelves and you are sure to find a style that will make you feel good inside.
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