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.
Updating Your Home With Glass Shelf Brackets Shelving of any type is very important in any home. They are not only convenient spaces for storage or for displaying treasures - the shelves themselves are considered furniture pieces, so they should be equally appealing to the eye and match the interiors of your room. If you are going for a more modern and minimalist vibe in your room design, you have probably foregone traditional bulky wooden shelves, and opted for ones made of clean, shiny glass. If this is the case, then you need to know everything about glass shelf brackets - they are integral to the form and function of your beautiful glass shelf. Glass shelf brackets will provide the additional security that your collection needs. Glass is a very fragile material, so while it looks very elegant and exquisite, it is also more prone to breaking than wood or metal. Glass shelf brackets will give your glass shelves more support and security by lessening its propensity to slip and break. You need to get brackets that are specifically designed for glass shelving. Fortunately, these brackets can come in many styles and designs so you do not have to worry about compromising aesthetics. Attaching the brackets to the shelves is also a little different from attaching brackets to ordinary wooden shelves. Usually, instead of drills and screws, the brackets have slots where the glass will be slid into. Be sure to consult a professional or read the mounting instructions carefully before drilling them against the wall. Glass shelving and shelf brackets for glass shelves are commonly found and used in bathroom interiors, because glass is waterproof and easy to clean. Instead of having closed cupboards or drawers in your bathroom, it is much more convenient and attractive to have shelving and brackets made of glass. Bathroom essentials would look more elegant lined up on a glass shelf near the mirror. Your personal time will feel more elegant and relaxing when your bathroom possesses a clear and pleasing ambiance. Aside from the bathroom, you can also consider bringing glass shelves into other rooms in your house. More and more designers are exploring various materials for creating homes - you can see houses with whole glass walls, and even glass desks and countertops. Naturally, glass shelves and glass shelf brackets will follow suit - not just in the bathroom, but in the rest of the house. It can be a great way to spruce up the kitchen counter, or the living room wall. Instead of having jars lined up on the counter or photos framed against the wall, why not have them placed atop an elegant glass fixture? Even without screws, the glass shelf brackets will definitely help from keeping these things from sliding or crashing to the ground. Using glass shelf brackets for your glass shelves will be a great way to update the look of any room without resorting to drastic repainting or renovations. It is a simple way to inject elegance into your shelving without sacrificing function and storage of your collections.
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