By tommy. Shelf. Published at Thursday, December 01st, 2016 - 17:21:34 PM.
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.
The Importance of Proper Shelf Support Having a shelf in your room can be a great help in organizing your messy room, as you have much more storage space available to place your books, photo frames or other belongings on it. However, it is extremely important that you have proper shelf brackets, as you do not want your shelf to collapse under the weight and fall to the floor. It has happened to me once, and I wish that it will never happen to you. Most people pay attention to what kind of shelf they are going to get, and forget about the most important aspect - the shelf bracket. When buying a bracket, always check how much weight it is able to hold. If you are getting a wooden shelf and intend to place heavy stuff on it, make sure your bracket is able to handle the load. Some shelf brackets require you to drill a hole in the wall, while some just requires some basic nails. Make sure you have the proper tools and equipment before buying the shelf, as you do not want to make another trip to the home improvement store. When installing the shelf, make sure that you position that bracket exactly where they should be. Take a measuring tape and measure the exact dimensions and location where the bracket is to go. Mark that position out clearly with a pen or a marker, as it would be very troublesome and unsightly if you drill a hole in the wrong position.
The Versatile 3 Shelf Bookcase A very popular style of bookcase is the 3 shelf bookcase. It is compact enough to fit in any type of location, providing there is some space for it. It can be used for storing books, or for displaying collectibles or other decorative objects. You can also find some that are suited to mount on a wall. Usually you can find this type of bookshelf for a very reasonable price. They are carried by most major stores, including Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Home Office and many other similar stores. A cheaper bookcase can often be bought for as little as $15 to $20, with most of the moderately priced bookcases only costing around $30 to $40. Of course, these are not made from high grade hard wood, but they will usually suffice and will last as long time if properly cared for. More expensive bookcases, such as those made from mahogany or oak, are also readily available although you may want to check out actual furniture stores if you are planning on spending a substantial amount of money for one. While all bookcases can be classified as furniture, the hardwood bookcases are more high end furniture where often the piece of furniture itself is on display as much as the articles resting on the shelves. You should be expected to pay at least $100 for a good quality 3 shelf bookcase, or possibly even more for a higher end one. Remember too, if shipping for 3 shelf bookcases online, that you will also need to pay additional costs, in most cases, for shipping. Some stores will allow you to order online and then go to a branch of their store nearby to pick up the item. If this is an option for you, it can help to keep the costs of purchasing a cheaper bookcase down quite low. Other online stores will offer free shipping for order over a certain amount. If you have the bookcase shipped to you, it is likely that you will need to assemble it yourself. Thankfully, this is usually a relatively simple task that almost anyone with a screwdriver, and a set of instructions before them, should be able to accomplish. The 3 shelf bookcase is not only functional, but it can also add to your overall decor. It is relatively cheap, and due to its smaller size, it will usually fit into most rooms without any problem.
3 Simple Tips That Make Following Shelf Woodworking Plans Easy At first glance, shelf woodworking plans seem like they can be very easy to follow, but once you get into it theres a lot of little techniques that can get you into trouble if you dont know what youre doing. I get plenty of questions about cutting the dados and the grooves for shelving and bookcase type projects, especially from beginner woodworkers I know. Seeing that my fellow woodworking enthusiasts are having some trouble following shelf woodworking plans in particular, here are my 3 simple tips that make following them easy: Simple Tips That Make Following Shelf Woodworking Plans Easy #1: Using The Right Tools Typically, when you buy woodworking tools these days, you dont get to speak to someone who actually knows something about the craft of woodworking. So, you wont be able to ask them specific questions like about the tools so that you can get the best tools for what youre doing. For example, I popped into the local Home Depot the other day wanting to find out which tool was best for me to cut a particular joint. It was frustrating, I can tell you that. Thankfully, I managed to find out from one of my shelf woodworking plans what the right tool was that I needed eventually: it was a table saw with a dado blade setup. Simple Tips That Make Following Shelf Woodworking Plans Easy #2: Using The Right Support Another common difficulty is with regards to the best router table to use. Now, most shelves are quite long when youre working on them horizontally, normally about 72 inches lengthwise. Compare that to your typical router table thats only about 30-35 inches long, and youve got a problem! I used to have a lot of trouble with this when I was trying to follow these plans, but once I started using a bench stand it solved the problem for me easily. And I didnt have to go out and spend a lot of money on roller stands, which was an added bonus. Simple Tips That Make Following Shelf Woodworking Plans Easy #3: A Good Plan! Well, this is a bit obvious but Ill say it anyway, if the shelf plans youre using arent up to scratch, youre going to have a lot of problems. Now, Im all for saving money, but when I hear about folks using free plans Im not surprised when they start running into a lot of trouble. Whenever I encounter problems in my shelving projects, I always flip back to my premium plans and find the solution from there. The shelf woodworking plans I use arent just any old plans, theyre from Teds Woodworking! If you havent heard of them, theyre one of the best shelf woodworking plans around. Every plan comes complete with a full list of materials and tools required for the project, plus detailed step-by-step instructions and fully measured diagrams that make everything easy peasy.
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