Published at Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 - 00:07:34 AM. Shelf. By steven.
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.
3 Ladder Shelf Designs to Add Life to Any Dull House Some people have a knack for interior design and some people, like my self just cant get their homes to look tidy and well ordered. So what do you do if your home is starting to look a little cluttered with all your possessions? The simple answer is to use storage furniture to keep your belongings neatly stacked and out of the way, though dont completely hide everything as this might make your home look a little sterile. Good items to use are shelves, they help you make better use of your interior vertical space and add an interesting dimension to your home. These days a lot of people are using ladder shelves to decorate their houses, they are a simple option but you can store several things and still keep a neat looking space. If you look around your local home depot youll discover that there are many varieties of ladder shelves, they come in different shapes, sizes and colors. They are mainly constructed from hard woods, but you will also find some crafted from metal and even bamboo material for a more elegant look. If this is the first time you have ever heard of a ladder shelf, then they are simply tall rows of shelves in the shape of an old A-step ladder. Though they come in many different design styles, some are angled outwards from the wall with the top most shelf being the smallest and each level down gradually getting larger. This unique shape adds another dimension to your room or living space. Ladder shelves are all very reasonably priced, you can find a set for as low as $50, but some are priced much higher. The cost will depend entirely on what materials the unit has been constructed with, as some are made from oak and others are made from light metals like aluminum. To give you an idea of what you might find on todays market, here are 3 ladder shelves, which you might come across. (A) 4-Tier-A-Frame Shelf - This is a hard wood variety made from a high quality beech wood with a smooth dark brown espresso finish. Its overall look may appeal to an office space or a very modern interior as it has a cool sleek look. Each of the shelves is different in size, which will give a room space an interesting dimension. This type of ladder shelf is priced very low in comparison to its quality and can be bought for just $62. (B) Cape Craftsman Nantucket 24" (5 Tier) - This set of ladder shelves is based on an oriental style and would be a suitable display holder for a collection of ornaments or another valuable possession. It is constructed from a durable MDF material and comes with a black finish; it is very light and will last a long time. Each individual shelf has been made from several thin bits of MDF to form a platform, this adds to its ornate appearance. You can see that more work has been put into this product and this is reflected in the price, with each unit going for about $111. (C) Boca Ladder Display - This set of ladder shelves is made entirely from bamboo wood, which gives it a very unique quality and appearance. You can see the strong texture of the wood clearly as it has been given a lacquered finish to enhance the lines; the frame is made from bamboo wrapped in rattan wood to enhance its durability and give it a visibly appealing look. This particular ladder shelf will cost you over $200.
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