Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 19:09:34 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.
Upgrade Your Cubicle Accessories With a Custom Cubicle Shelf Are you one of those office workers who are relegated to a fairly small working area? I happen to be an employee who inhabits a cubicle for 9 hours each working day. But, to be completely honest with you, Im happy with my working area even though it is small. Im not a person who requires a whole lot of space but I do need that space to be completely organized - almost to a fault. The first thing that I decided to do when I moved from a large office with a door and wooden furniture to a small cubicle, was to make it a point that I always had a desktop that is free and clear of clutter. I am a self-professed neat freak when I am at home and when I am at work. I need to have an organized working space and so I started looking into specialized cubicle accessories that I could invest in that would allow me to keep my office organized. Move it off the Desktop I made it a point to scour the internet and peruse the various office catalogs that we had sitting around the office. The way I looked at it, my company would certainly be willing to buy me some cubicle accessories if it would help me to be more organized and ultimately more productive. One item that I found that I didnt even know existed was a custom cubicle shelf which is actually built to be secured onto a cubicle wall. This shelf wont work anywhere else but on the wall of a cubicle. You know, that lovely grey fabric found on the walls of almost every cubicle you will ever see in any office building! Yeah, that stuff. Well, this custom cubicle shelf has done wonders for my office organization and desktop clutter control. So how does it actually attach to my cubicle walls? Cubicle Clips Gone Wild If you have ever had to work in a cubicle you certainly know that there are small clips that you can use to hang papers or pictures on a cubicle wall. The clips have needles attached to them that are inserted into the fabric walls. There are various designs of cubicle clips. Some allow you to hang a picture and others allow you to clip paperwork to it so that it hangs from your walls. Anyway, the cubicle shelf that I purchased comes with cubicle clips gone wild; 5 sets of stainless steel needles with an adhesive backing that attach to the back of the shelf. All you have to do is peel off the adhesive backing of each set of needles and press them onto the back of the shelf in the clearly marked area for each one. So when you hang the shelf, the needles insert into the grey fabric wall using the exact same concept as the cubicle clips but, instead of one set of needles, there are 5 sets of needles that are inserted simultaneously into the wall as part of the cubicle shelf. I bought two of these cubicle shelves to store small office items, family pictures, and small vacation mementos I have picked up over the years. These items used to take up valuable space on my desktop and now they are up in clear sight all day long and not adding clutter to my desk. The world of custom office products is full of cubicle accessories to make your life as a cubicle dweller a lot more enjoyable. Expand that limited real estate in your cubicle by investing in a cubicle shelf or two. A cubicle shelf will also upgrade your cubicle decor at the same time. Your company will probably foot the bill and your life at work will be a lot more organized, efficient, and productive!
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