Floating Shelves for Elegant Displays

Floating glass shelves are quite often seen in bathrooms, but they have so much more to offer. They give a hall or living room an elegant look, and provide an attractive option for unused corners. Whether you rest collectibles or photos on these shelves, they can make a room warmer and more personal. In addition, glass shelves don’t take up any floor space, so they will hold your mementos in an uncluttered way. The items you place on glass shelves seem to float in mid-air, which gives your room a beautiful, clean look.

Floating Glass Shelves in Living Room

Whether you use brackets for your glass shelving, or set them up in a floating display, you will support them in a way that will hold their precious treasures safely. Supporting systems can actually add to the inherent beauty of glass shelves, if they have a stylish design, or are made to look invisible.

The supports that are used for glass shelves are planned to be delicate and light in weight, and they may be shorter than standard brackets, but floating shelves show off even less support, as they appear to be mounted invisibly on your wall.

You can read a lot online and in design magazines about glass shelves, and shelves of different materials, along with information on brackets and accessories. It’s much easier to locate the information you need these days, through the use of the Internet.

If you would like to display heavier items on your glass shelves, and worry about breakage, you should normally use regular brackets with your shelves, rather than setting up a floating shelf display. The regular brackets have more width to them, and thus they can support more weight per bracket.

If you do use standard brackets, you will notice that the outside edge protrudes out a bit from the glass shelving, but that gives it a firmer base of support. In this way, you won’t need to be worried about the shelves breaking. If you have a question about an item that is heavy, call your glass supplier and ask about the strength of the glass you bought.

Brackets holding Heavier Objects

Brackets for shelves that hold heavier display items will have a raised part at the end, or a lip that extends beyond the bracket, that will keep your glass shelves firmly in place. Since glass tends to slide easily when resting on metal, your bracket needs to be designed so that the shelf cannot slide off.

Floating glass shelves will make an elegant statement in many rooms of your home. They are simple but stylish, and you can use them to hold collectibles, vases, photographs and many other items. Floating shelves are fairly easy to install, and the installation instructions are covered in a separate post on this site. They are held with brackets that have ridges in them, to support the shelves steadily.

Brackets with Ridges

Glass shelves, especially when mounted in the floating manner, appear to hang in midair, seeming as though they can defy gravity. They can’t hold a large amount of weighty objects, but they will showcase the items that you can display there.

You used to see glass shelves most often in bathrooms, where they hold onto supplies or folded towels in a handy way. More recently, however, designers have discovered how simple and elegant they look in other rooms, like a living or family room. You can also use them in the kitchen, and decorate them with jars of herbs or beans, to add a touch of color to the room. In a similar way, a glass shelf can bring treasured family photographs to life in your den, giving you display room without taking up any floor space.

To make full use of glass shelving, be sure to use proper support for them. Floating glass shelves come with supports that will be nearly invisible when you mount them. You won’t want to use these types of mounting supports for other types of shelving, however, since they are not made for other materials.

Floating glass shelves look much more simple than plain shelves, as burdened as the latter are with large metal or wooden brackets. The mounting supplies for floating shelves are especially made for these units, and the heavier types of brackets are generally used on wood or metal shelves that hold more weight.

The smallest of glass shelving brackets are tiny clips or rails. These do not normally stick out from the wall very much, and they may be made with chrome, and they shine like the glass and look good with the shelf they support. They are mounted on the wall first, and then you will fit the shelves onto them. Their blunt ends will push against the shelf and hold it in place. These clips are usually rated for thickness of the glass shelf, and the weight they will hold. These clips and rails only work truly well for shelves without heavy objects on them. They’re not made to support heavier items.

Glass Shelving Brackets

If you wish to read up on the various ways you can use floating glass shelves, and glass shelves in general, you can find pages online that have the specifics for the brackets or accessories you want to study. I hope that we will provide you with much needed information here on this site, but a simple Google search will reveal many other sites with additional information.

If you want to display heavier collectibles on your glass shelves, you probably will not want to use floating shelves. Using standard brackets will give your shelves more support. These brackets stick out from the wall to the edge of the shelf, and can support a lot more weight. Metal brackets are more practical for this use than are wood shelves.

As long as the items you wish to display are not of particularly heavy weight, you can show them off by using floating glass shelves. They make even simple decorations look bright and unique, and you can also use mirrors behind the shelves, and up-lighting or down-lighting to add drama to the setup.

Installing Glass Shelving with Standard Brackets

When you use glass shelves, they will give you the opportunity to create the look of an open wall design, while making a place for some of your most treasured items. They are stronger than they look, so even some treasures that are a bit heavier can still make their home on a glass shelf.

Glass shelving is easier to keep clean than you would think, and they can still look as elegant years after they are hung, if they are just kept clean. If you’re not familiar with floating shelves, I wouldn’t recommend that you use that as a do-it-yourself project, although I will cover it in another post. Normally, you will be using regular shelf brackets to secure your glass shelving to the wall.

Hook Glass Shelf

Like any shelving choice, glass shelves will make your home more organized, even though they are more often used for decorative purposes. There are many things you can store on shelves, including collectibles, hobby items and awards you or your children might have earned. Keeping only decorative items together on your new shelving will keep the shelves looking orderly and tasteful.

Free-Standing Glass Shelves

Some shelves are used in a free-standing form, but I recommend you make your closed units out of wood, rather than glass shelves. Wood is more utilitarian, and there is no sense in hiding lovely shelves inside what amounts to a box. The free-standing shelves are usually quite portable too, which glass really is not.

To be sure, there are many instances when wood shelving will do just as well as glass, to store things. But for looks and style, you just can’t beat glass, since it is so simple and yet so elegant, at the same time. You can make a curio cabinet of sorts that is all glass, but again, it would not be an easy thing to move, for cleaning or a cross-town move. Glass shelving has a unique ability to highlight items stored on each level, and yet not distract your attention from the items. Bright or clear collectibles can be lit up from above or below, or simply reflected in the light that the glass catches from the room.

Lights and Glass Shelves

Glass shelves are also commonly seen in bathrooms, since they fit the open look and they don’t have any problem with moisture buildup, like a wood shelf might.

To install glass shelves, you’ll need the materials for the shelves, or the actual shelves if you are having someone make them for you. You’ll also need two brackets per shelf, a pencil, a stud finder, a hammer and drill, bolts or screws and a level.

The shape, thickness and design of the glass you will use for your shelves will play an important role in determining the weight your shelves can hold. Before you select the shelves you’d like, check and see how much weight you will be putting on any one shelf, and then select thicker and sturdier glass for them, if need be. Don’t use thinner glass shelving if you will be putting anything heavy on them. If your shelves will need to support a weight of any substantial amount, get a thicker glass that is tempered. In this way, you will not risk damage or loss to your special collectibles and anything else that you will be displaying on your glass shelves.

Glass Shelves

Before you begin, use a damp cloth and clean the wall where you will be installing your shelves. Use the stud finder to make sure you find a secure place where they will be supported, and mark the spots with a pencil where you’ll be mounting the brackets. If you don’t use studs for added support, you will need bolts or screws that are made to carry the full weight of the glass shelves and all of their contents.

Marking for Shelves Installation

When you know what items you will be placing on each shelf, you’ll want to decide the best way to arrange the shelves, in the way that will look the best. Some people will prefer straight rows of shelves, but they may look more creative if you stagger them. If you have several rows of shelves, make sure you allow enough distance in between each row for any taller items you may be placing on the shelves.

You can purchase classic or modern brackets at a home improvement store in your area, or online. There are some very stylish designs that will give your display a touch of class. Modern brackets will accent your minimalist look. In the same way, traditional brackets will complement the more classical look of older homes and their interior design.

Hold the brackets one by one against the wall, and use the bolts or screws to secure them into place. Be sure to check each bracket and then the line formed from one bracket to another, to make sure you have them level. Place your brackets – and later the shelves – high enough that young children cannot reach them, to avoid injury and damage.

Order your custom shelving, or stock shelving if they have the size you desire, either locally or online. If you order your shelves online, they may be cut at a local store, so that they don’t have to be shipped as far, after they are cut. A shelf kit is handy because it also includes mounting screws or bolts, and brackets. You may opt for packaged brackets in chrome, bronze, nickel or brass finishes. You can also find these kits online and in local home improvement stores.

Next, slide your glass shelving into place, and secure it onto the brackets Use the level to check one last time, to make sure that the shelves are all level.

Custom Glass Shelves

Wipe over the glass shelves with a paper towel or a soft cloth, and arrange the decorative items you want to display on the shelves. You can move the objects around until they give you a view that is most pleasing to the eye.

Unlike wooden or metal shelves, glass shelves lend themselves to be spread out in different ways to display collectibles and pictures. You don’t want any of the pieces to be crowded, so experiment with various placings until everything looks right to you. Make sure that the shelf is able to comfortably support everything you have set there.

Glass Shelves

How to Refine a Room with Glass Shelves

Using glass shelves will help to refine any room from a mundane appearance to one that truly stands out. Glass shelves work so well as a solution to interior design needs. Custom glass shelves will do an even better job of fitting in with contemporary and modern designs. But if you do the installation yourself, you can save a good deal of money versus professional installations.

Some specialty stores that handle glass will have the right equipment on-site to cut, polish and bevel your glass shelves. If they can deliver them too, that will be one less thing you’ll need to worry about. I usually pick the shelves up myself, but I have a truck that is specially fitted to carry glass panels safely.

Glass shelving can be used in many areas of your home, including the living room, dining room, bathroom, kitchen, den or family room. It can add a unique touch to a room that already has contemporary styling, and can make a bathroom cleaner and less cluttered.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

The various types of glass that are available for use as shelving include frosted, clear, tinted and more. The more customization you have done, the more expensive they will generally be. I usually go with plain glass shelves, unless you have a glass curio cabinet or some other glass work that you want to match.

If you visit the glass shop where your shelves are cut, they can show you the process the glass goes through to become the shelves for your home. You will also have choices to make about the exact shape of your glass shelves. I use generic rectangular shelves often, but once in awhile a room’s design may call for oblong or oval shelves, or shelves that are made free-form. Let the glass cutters know where you will be using your shelves, too, so they can help you to determine what type of glass will work the best for you. Tempered glass is usually an excellent choice, and is a type of glass that I work with a lot.

Tempered Glass Shelves

There are also various thicknesses of glass shelving, so let the glass company know what thickness you want – or tell them where you’ll be mounting the shelves, and they can probably tell you what kind you will need.

You can choose a custom edging to the glass made for your shelves, too. A simple polished edge is one of the more common shapes, but a beveled edge goes better if you have a modern interior design in the room.

The glass company can also recommend the proper hardware to use when you install your glass shelving. Some of the more popular finishes are brass, satin chrome, brushed nickel and chrome.

Sine Tempered Glass Shelf

Glass shelves tend to be a less intrusive style than metal or wood shelving. They allow light to pass through, and you can play off the natural light by adding special lighting above or below your shelves, or by mounting a mirror on the wall, before you hang your shelves.

You will want to select shelf brackets that accent the glass material you are using, rather than a style that may detract from the look you are trying to achieve. You can use glass, wood or wrought iron brackets. These are not normally expensive, and they can be installed with a minimum of skill or experience.

Glass shelving is used more often for decorative purposes, rather than storage needs, but you can use this material for either one. I use glass shelves quite often, since they really add to the modern look, but whatever brackets you select, you’ll want to make sure that they are installed correctly before you place your glass shelves on them. Even though glass can hold more than you might think, it’s still not a good idea to store overly heavy items on glass.

Glass Shelves

Wooden shelf brackets work well if your room is perhaps a bit more rustic. They are very serviceable, and will properly hold your shelves, as long as they’re the right size. If you want a very simple design, triangular wooden shelf brackets will work quite well. If you have the proper tools, you can also cut wood brackets into specific shapes, to accent the shelving.

If you don’t have the money to spend for custom shelves, you can buy glass in stock sizes, which may work for the room you are shelving. If you want to use these to make your own shelving, you’ll also need a tape measure, safety gloves, a level, two brackets of your choice, a drill, screws, a stud finder, drywall anchors and duct tape.

Select the size of prefabricated glass that will work the best in your application. If you have the skills, you can cut the glass at home with a glass cutter, but I wouldn’t recommend this if you haven’t had any experience in this area. As a rule, a simple shelf made from tempered glass will work well. If you are buying prefabricated glass, you may still be able to get the company where you purchase the glass to add a different type of edge, without incurring much of an additional cost. Ask them if they would be willing to do that for you, since you probably don’t have the tools to make the edge properly.

Custom Shelves

Use a pencil to mark your walls where the shelving will be hung. You’ll want to be mounting your brackets into a stud, so locate those while you are deciding exactly where your shelves will hang. A stud finder is fairly easy to use, and it will ensure that your shelving is mounted in a way that the weight on the shelves won’t pull your screws out of the wall.

Drill small pilot holes in the wall, and push your anchors into those holes. Then you can screw your brackets into the stud behind the wall.

Once you have the brackets in place, all you have to do is to place the glass shelves on top of your brackets. If your brackets have notches in them, make sure that the glass rests there, for maximum support.

Creative Glass Shelving Solutions

In recent years, trends in interior design and architecture have opened up new avenues of shelving possibilities. Transparency plays a part in minimalist and other design standards, and glass shelves have found a niche in modern designs. Glass shelves, and often their brackets as well, melt into your room’s background, and show off the items displayed as though they were floating, without support.

You can find glass shelving brackets in many different styles and sizes, from ornate pieces to tiny clips and tongue and groove supports that are the support basis for floating shelves. The companies who manufacture brackets for glass shelves have given us many options, since each home is different and thus may have different shelving needs. You may have a different preference as to type and style of shelves and brackets than I do, which makes it all the more important to have many styles available.

Glass Shelf Brackets

Glass shelves and their supporting brackets or clips serve various functions in your home. A subtle, simple glass shelf with tongue and groove supports may be a focal point of your living room, holding favorite collectibles or photographs. The supports for glass shelving do their work unobtrusively, giving your room a pleasingly aesthetic look.

You may also utilize glass shelves in your bathroom, to hold your various toiletries or decorative items. You can even have one mounted inside your shower area, for soaps and shampoos. Glass shelves are often seen beside bathroom mirrors, for keeping things like toothpaste and deodorant close at hand and easy to find. In the bathroom, glass shelves are especially functional, as well as decorative.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

Glass shelves can be supported with glass-look brackets, or you may opt for stainless steel or chrome finished brackets. The brackets that you have also seen on shelves made with other materials will often give more support to a glass shelf, but it won’t be as visually stimulating, which is why so many homeowners install floating glass shelves.

Shelving in your home serves important purposes other than being used for looks. It also gives you much more storage space than you would otherwise have, and if it is wall-mounted shelving, it won’t take up any floor space to do so.

If you are reaching for the minimalist feel for your home, you will probably be drawn to glass shelves, over wood or metal shelving. Glass is so pleasing to the eye, and their supports are integral to the function and form of your shelves. I have mounted glass shelves with many different types of brackets, depending on what was going to be displayed on them, and each situation is a bit different. But for display purposes, it’s hard to beat the tongue and groove support used in floating glass shelves.

Glass Shelves

Although glass may look fragile, the tempered types you can buy today are stronger than you might think. They also look exquisite and elegant, while holding their own against all but extremely heavy items like books. The brackets that support your glass shelves will lessen the chances of breakage if you have objects displayed that are somewhat heavy.

The actual attachment of glass shelves to their support brackets is sometimes different than the way wooden or metal shelves are attached. The brackets may have slots in each, so that you can slide the glass shelf right in. If you’re not sure you can do this yourself, by all means ask someone at the store where your glass was purchased if they will do the installation for you. It may cost a bit more, but it will give you peace of mind, knowing that your treasured pieces of art are secure.

Glass shelving is especially at home in the bathroom, since glass is waterproof and easily maintained. Rather than having things stuffed into drawers or cupboards, you can use glass shelves, which make everything easier to find, during your morning routine. If you have one extra shelf open, you can display sea shells or fancy guest soaps. You’ll be more relaxed and less pressed for time if everything is handy in your bathroom.

In addition to using glass shelving in bathrooms, it can also work well in other rooms. They are an excellent way to help in sprucing up a blank wall area. Rather than lining up jars on your kitchen counter, where they are decorative but in the way, use a glass shelf set by the counters to display them, and your counter space will still be available for use.

Kitchen Glass Shelves

Glass shelving is an excellent way to keep shelves out of your floor space, and they will beautify your walls, as well. You can use glass for shelving in homes, offices or shops. It’s available in various thicknesses and shapes, and the brackets can be nearly hidden or eliminated with tongue and groove floating shelf supports.

There are various types of glass shelves and brackets that will complement your decor and wall colors. Since most models are clear, they go well with nearly any glass and wall paint colors. In addition, the shine added to your room by glass shelves is elegant. You may also like frosted glass for your shelving, which will give it a more subtle look.

The brackets you use for your glass shelves can also add to the style of the room you are mounting them in. White or black enamel can give your room an “artsy” look, and wrought iron makes the modern style of glass shelving fit in with more traditional settings.

You can also use twin slot shelving in your glass shelving installations. These are also called spur brackets, and in this manner, your shelves will be fixed on two long, vertical, parallel brackets. These shelving supports are adjustable, so that you can move the shelving up or down, depending on what you have displayed on your shelves.

You can also use shelf brackets that are concealed, to show off the items you want to display. These work in an ideal way for decorative purposes, since they are scarcely visible. By using these supports, you can place glass shelving in areas where you feel they look the best, and this can help the collectibles you display to appear as though they are floating in mid-air.

How To Make Glass Shelves

If you have admired the glass shelves you’ve seen in other people’s homes, you may think that making your own glass shelves would be something beyond your abilities. But it’s not as hard as you might think.

It’s best to use tempered glass to create glass shelving, since it has much more stability, so you can display more different types of items there. If your tempered glass shelf should break, it will break into small square fragments like a car windshield, so it’s not as dangerous as traditional glass, which may break off with sharper edges. Decide what shape you would like before you order, since the glass won’t be tempered until it’s cut.

To make your own glass shelves from pieces of cut glass, you’ll need a measuring tape, shelf supports or brackets, gloves, some safety glasses, some nails or screws, and a hammer or screwdriver. You can also use a caulking gun and adhesive caulk for additional stability.

Use your measuring tape to determine what size you’d like your shelves to be. Measure on your walls how far from the corners your shelves will start, and how far they will extend. This all depends on how many things you would like to display on your shelves.

Coner glass shelf

Think about the objects you might be placing on your shelves, to help you determine how thick the glass for your shelves should be. It will need to be thick enough to provide your objects with proper support. Tempered glass comes in thicknesses of 1/4 inch, 3/8 an inch or 1/2 an inch. 3/8 is a standard thickness that will hold all but the heaviest objects. If you have something that is especially heavy, ask your glass cutting professional about whether it should be displayed on glass at all.

Determine the most feasible type of support for your shelves and the area where they will be hung. You can buy brackets in glass, wood, metal or plastic, and they are made to be screwed into your wall. There are some brackets that are less artistic and more utilitarian, but some can offer excellent support while still being decorative. Select the brackets that will go the best with your room’s décor. You can also buy floating shelves, which will be secured directly into your wall with a strong adhesive.

Glass Shelving

Select the shape you would like for the shelf edges. You can get them wavy, beveled, flat or rounded. The finish of your glass shelves can be plain, smooth, satiny or frosted. After you determine thickness, glass type and edging, you can order the shelves.

If you plan to cut the shelves yourself, you’ll need a glass cutter, and someone who has experience in glass cutting. Most people order them pre-cut, and the more intricate the designs, the higher the price will be. If you are on a fixed budget, something simple with a basic edging will be the best.

Shelf Brackets

If you’ll be cutting the glass yourself, clean an area big enough for the piece of glass, and cover that glass with a damp cloth. Be sure that the glass is clean. Mark off the measurements for the shelving, on your glass. Place a straightedge along the area you’ll be cutting, and secure that with duct tape. Use a glass cutter that is well-lubricated to score along the straightedge, in one fluid motion.

Remove your duct tape and your straightedge, and tap on the reverse side of the glass, along the line you cut. Apply pressure to help the edge snap off.

If you ordered your glass to be cut professionally, then when it is delivered, unpack it carefully, using gloves, to avoid cuts. Check the glass for any imperfections, and measure to be sure that the thickness and dimensions are exactly as you ordered.

The glass will be hung from brackets, unless you order floating shelves. There are many designs and colors available in brackets, so select one that goes with your room’s décor. They generally come with all the hardware you will need.

Shelf Support

If you have drywall on your walls, you should try to configure the shelves so that your brackets are mounted where the studs are. If the studs don’t line up with where you want the shelves to be, you can purchase brackets made for a drywall installation.

Drill pilot holes for the screws, and push the anchors into those holes. The anchors can be tapped lightly with a hammer if they won’t go in otherwise. After the anchor is in place, then you may screw your brackets in the wall.

Install the shelf brackets following the instructions that come in the same package. They are generally made in the shapes of angles, where one arm will attach to the wall and the other will support the shelf itself.

Clean your glass shelves before you place them on top of your brackets or supports. If you chose floating shelves, you’ll need to drill into the wall so that the shelving tabs can fit into the wall cut-outs.

Glass Shelf

After your shelving is mounted, and the adhesive is dry if you used floating shelves, you may place the objects on the shelves, as you desire them.

Decorators may spend a lot of time to determine the color a room will look the best painted, but glass shelves will go well with almost any type of décor you have. Wood brackets can be used for your shelves, if they will go well with the style of your room. If your room is more modern in design, metal or wrought iron brackets will work better, and floating shelves work best of all.

Bathroom Glass Coner Shelves

The grains from wood in your furniture can reflect off your glass shelving, even as they match your brackets. Glass shelves will also pick up the colors from the walls in the room, especially if you place a mirror behind them when they are mounted.

Your rooms only have a finite amount of space, and when you use glass as a shelving option, it opens up your room and makes your living space appear larger.

Choosing the Right Glass Shelving for Your Room

When you are determining whether you will hang glass shelves yourself or have them done for you, think first about what you will be displaying on the shelves. If you’re looking for book shelves, it’s usually a good idea to stay away from glass shelves – wood or metal will be much more suitable for that purpose. Not to say that books cannot be displayed at all on glass shelves, but avoid placing a lot of weight on them.

You’ll also want to look your room over and think about what you are trying to achieve with the use of glass shelving. Check out the decor and the current room furnishings. If your room is ultra-traditional, you might actually consider wood shelves before glass. But if you have a modern or contemporary design in your room, glass will fit right in, and accentuate the look. On the whole, glass shelves can go with most styles of room without looking out of place.

Glass Wall Shelves

Safety is also a consideration when you’re contemplating glass shelving. If you have young children in your home, be sure that the shelves are installed high enough that they cannot get hold of anything on the shelves, or the shelves themselves. Most glass used for shelves today is tempered, but it is still better to be safe than sorry.

Glass shelves lend themselves particularly well to bathroom decor. Since bathrooms may be small, the glass shelving can make them appear larger and more spacious. You can even use tinted glass for the shelves in your bathroom, as long as the color complements those colors already in your room.

Glass shelves for your bathroom are very easy to clean and maintain, since there won’t be any varnish or veneers to mess with. Even chips and scratches can be repaired, so that the glass shelves can go on letting light shine all around your bathroom. The fact that you can see the decorations or toiletries on glass shelves from any side is also a plus, during your busy morning routine.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

If you want a more striking look, mirrors behind your glass shelves will reflect back even more light on your objects, and in the room. Spot lighting can be used with glass shelving in other rooms, for a dramatic evening look.

With the technologies available today, you can purchase glass shelves with wavy edges or curves. These custom designs may be more expensive, however. Check with your local glass specialist and see what the charges would be for special shapes. The advantages to custom shelves include the fact that you know the style and size of the shelves will accent your room perfectly.

Floating glass shelves can be even more dramatic and striking, since the tongue and groove mounting system allows for installation without brackets, with the result that the glass shelves appear to be unsupported. This is an extremely clean look, and will be a focal point in any room.

Floating Glass Shelf

If you aren’t sure how to mount your glass shelves, you might want to have them installed by a professional. Some handymen can also handle this type of installation. I have worked with many do-it-yourself-ers who had never done glass work before, and most of them were able to mount glass shelving with little or no problem.

Be sure that your fittings or brackets are strong enough to support not only the shelves, but also the decorations or collectibles you will be displaying. Some dealers have the option for you to purchase a mirror that mounts on the wall and has integrated glass shelves. These are very dramatic and they reflect light all around your room.

Mirror with Glass Shelf

If you decide to install the shelves yourself, take care when you handle glass shelves, in preparing to hang them. The process of bracketing your wall is much the same as it is with other shelving types, unless you are doing floating shelves, which I’ll talk about in another post. Select your favorite glass shelves from the many styles available.

There are specific tools needed to hang glass shelving, but they can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store. You’ll need a measuring tape, a pencil, shelf brackets, a screwdriver, a drill, a level and screws.

The first step is to measure the width of your new glass shelves, and then purchase brackets that are the correct size for them. You don’t want brackets that will stick out further than the glass, or it will look tacky. By the same token, the shelf brackets need to be strong enough to hold your glass shelves and their displayed items securely. You’ll need two brackets for each shelf you’ll be hanging.

Next, you will want to plan where each shelf will be placed on the wall. Traditional units have rows, but you can place glass shelves wherever you want, in offset rows or in columns. Lightly mark the wall with a pencil to designate where you want each shelf to be hung. If you will be using mirrors behind the shelves, allow room to mount them between the shelf brackets.

Measure how long each shelf is, and then make pencil marks on your wall from one to three inches from either end of the shelf length. The brackets will then be placed in these positions, inside the ends of the shelves, for the best possible support.

You’ll want to drill small pilot holes, as a start for the screws you will use to attach your shelving brackets to the wall. Then use the screws to attach your brackets to the wall. As you work, check every bracket and then every pair of brackets with a level, to be sure that they are in position to hold your glass shelves evenly.

Then you’re ready to place your new glass shelving on the brackets you have just mounted. You may wish to use glass cleaner on them before you hang them, to make sure they are just how you want them to look. Glass shelves can make an enormous difference to the feel and look of any room.

How To Install Bathroom Glass Shelves

Glass shelves are excellent accessories for your bathroom. They can keep soaps, shampoos and other essentials for the room organized and away from the countertops and walls of your tub. Glass is also very easy to clean and keep sanitary. Many glass shelves come with their own hardware for installation, and they can be finished up in an afternoon. You’ll need a screwdriver, a drill, a hammer, hardware and screws.

First, remove your glass shelf from its packaging, and make sure you have the appropriate hardware to install it. This is normally found in the form of a plastic bag with brackets, anchors and screws.

Place your glass bath shelf where it will be hung, to make sure it looks like you had pictured when you picked it out. Mark the shelf’s top and bottom with a pencil and then mark the mounting holes through the shelf while it is placed where you want it.

Use a bit to drill out the holes for the shelves, where you have them marked. Then place the glass bath shelf against the wall once more, and have someone hold it in place.

Glass Bath Shelves

Use the mounting screws and the included washers to place through the mounting holes, and twist them into place. Before you put the shelf back onto the wall for the final time, tap anchors into the mounting holes that you have drilled, using a small hammer.

Screw the glass shelf into position with a power driver. Do the same with each mounting hole, and then check to make sure that your shelf is securely fastened to the wall.

In living rooms, shelves need to be sturdy, but glass shelving can work in these rooms as well. They are as at-home in the bathroom as anywhere, however. The reflective or transparent glass does some of its best work in the bathroom.

Since bathrooms are usually smaller, a glass shelf can make the room feel and look bigger. They will give you the best spaces for toiletries and other items like folded up towels, or washcloths.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

Since glass shelves for bathrooms are usually narrow, this will allow cologne or perfume to be lined up, so you can see everything you’re reaching for. A transparent glass shelf can also be appealing since you can see items on other shelves, too. This makes smaller items much easier to get to.

Beyond all the other reasons for glass shelves in a bathroom, glass looks elegant. It will give your room a modern, fresh feeling. The surface of glass is sterile and also easy to clean. And this is a great thing, in a bathroom.

While you will welcome glass shelves for bottles or containers, you’ll also have some spots in the bathroom that will work more easily with wooden or metal shelves, like the area in the linen closet. Metal or wood are more cost-effective than glass for many applications, but they don’t have the appeal that glass shelves do. If you are looking to store smaller items, it’s hard to beat the look of glass.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

Floating shelves are handy for bathroom usage, too. You can’t see the mounting hardware of floating shelves, and they are great looking. They can store towels or washcloths while still keeping the room stylish.

If your bathroom is especially small, glass shelves are the way to go. Cabinets take up a good amount of space, and their items are stored out of sight, so they are harder to get to when you’re in a hurry to get to work in the morning. You’ll always have some items like toilet bowl cleaner and toilet paper that you would rather have stored out of sight, but for many essentials, glass shelves work fine. They will help you reserve the area under your sink for bathroom cleaning products, and will keep your personal items away from the possibility of water damage if you previously stored them under there, as well.

A corner glass shelf will fit perfectly into a bathroom corner, and will allow you to use the space between the corner where two walls meet. Corner glass shelves look simple but elegant, and they are just another handy place for skin care products, soaps and lotions. You can also stack extra washcloths and towels in a corner shelf, so they are readily available when you need them.

Corner Glass Shelves

Glass wall shelves will fit a flat surface and they are generally sized so that they can fit small or medium items. You can add a few glass wall shelves near your tub or vanity mirror, and it will be easy for you to grab items from these shelves when you need them. Make sure that the glass is of a thickness that can safely hold the items you will be placing there. If you have an abundance of wall space but not a lot of floor space, you could even install a glass wall cabinet in any location where it won’t be in the way when you use the bathroom to shower or to prepare for work. Glass wall shelf units usually will have three or more shelves, that will make them truly handy to store things on.

If you do have floor space that you can use for storage, a free-standing glass shelf unit will be very handy. These can be convenient in a bathroom, since the items are easy to get to. Corner glass shelves are handy to organize the things that clutter up your bathroom. These shelves can be of help in storing and also organizing smaller bottles of soap and shampoo and the like.

Glass shelves for bathrooms are great for organizing and for making your bathroom storage more compact. With glass shelves, the items you need, such as your toiletries, are never far away, and you can see them without going through everything on the shelves, since they are transparent. This enhances the utility, since they are so transparent. You can grab things as you need them, rather than having to pick up and check each bottle.

How To Install Floating Glass Shelves

Floating glass shelves can be used to make a style statement in nearly any room. They are simple yet elegant, and they can hold all but the heaviest of items. Floating shelves are not difficult to assemble, even though the end look makes it seem as though they would be.

To install a floating glass shelf, you will need the shelf itself, a mounting template, a pencil, a measuring tape, a drill, brackets or tongue and groove supports, a screwdriver, a wall saw and adhesive caulking. In the end, they will look as though they have no support, but of course they must. A floating shelf can hold as much weight as many other types of shelves, so you needn’t be afraid of displaying your favorite items on them.

Floating Glass Shelf

The thickness and design of the glass you select for your floating shelves will play an important role in determining how much weight you can place on them. Before you purchase your shelves, understand how much weight they will need to hold, and select shelves that will support that much weight. Don’t use thin glass if you plan to display any heavy items. Floating glass shelves are not made to support extremely heavy weight.

After you determine the best thickness and style of shelves, you will want to decide the best way to arrange the shelves for the optimum effect. You can put them in straight rows, or you can stagger them, which makes them more unique in appearance. If you are placing shelves in rows from high to low, measure to make sure your tallest display items can fit on their designated shelves.

After you decide where you want your shelves to be hung, you’ll want to use a template, to mark out the precise grooves that you’ll need to cut into your wall. Depending on the designs you have chosen, there may also need to be brackets behind your shelves. Make sure that your markings and measurements are accurate, to avoid shelves that are not level.

Before you begin cutting into your walls, make sure there are no electrical wires right behind the area where you will be working. Use your wall saw to cut into the wall the grooves your shelves will need. You will use the markings from your template to determine where the cuts will be made.

Once you have cut your grooves out of the wall, check and make sure that the floating shelves will fit properly into the grooves. Once you know they will all fit, apply the adhesive caulking to the shelves’ edges, and slide them within the grooves in the wall. Let the caulking dry before you put anything on the shelves. If your shelves also have brackets, use the screws to attach them securely to the wall. Most floating glass shelves do not have brackets, which is why they are called “floating” shelves.

Step Shelves

Floating shelf benefits are many, as they will release free space in your room. Awards or special gifts may now be sitting in boxes, but you can now display them on your floating shelves. Floating shelves in a room where you study will be very handy. Lighter books or DVD’s can be stored on these shelves, keeping your study room more free of clutter.

Study Room Glass Shelves

Floating shelves in your kitchen are also the ultimate in storage for that room. Your favorite glassware can be creatively displayed on floating glass shelves. This frees up room in cabinets and on your counters. Placing floating glass shelves on either side of your kitchen countertops will be a great place for sitting spices and other cooking items.

Floating glass shelves were more widely used in bathrooms before they became popular in other rooms, and the bathroom is still a great place to install floating glass shelves. You can fold towels neatly and store them in glass shelves, as well as handily storing toothpaste, deodorants and displaying knick knacks or sea shells, or even guest soaps.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

Floating wall shelves in your living room are becoming more common than they once were. You can show off photographs or collectibles, without losing any floor space. The idea behind floating shelves is to show off the clean lines and simplicity of glass, without any visual way of supporting them.

When you are preparing your living room for floating shelves, you will do as before and determine where you want the shelves to be hung. If you’re not sure how the shelves will look, you can use blue painters’ tape of the same length as the shelves, and experiment with how they look in various positions.

The free-form look is accomplished by the cut-in grooves you will make in the wall, where the shelves are mounted. The depth of the shelves is also an important consideration, since the groove-cuts will only allow a certain amount of the shelf to be mounted within them for support.

Most people have the glass cut professionally before they prepare to install floating glass shelves. Make sure you have the proper tools and someone with experience to help you, if you plan to cut your own shelves at home. I have cut my own shelves for some projects, but custom glass cutters have a lot more tools that will allow for unique lines and edges.

Big Glass Shelves

Floating glass shelves are valuable whether you are a homeowner looking for a new approach for display and storage, or if you are staging a home for sale. These shelves hold more weight than you would think, and they look especially wonderful in contemporary or modern rooms. If you are staging a home, the goal is to show simple and clean lines, so that none of the rooms in the home look cluttered. Floating shelves will allow the display of items, while still keeping the look elegant and simple.

Floating shelves, as you have seen, are not that difficult to install, and they are a wonderful place to display figurines, collectibles, vases, photographs or awards. They are as at-home in corners as they are on straight walls, and the style of glass shelving goes with nearly any interior design style your home shows. Since floating shelves have such simple and smooth lines, you won’t even notice the shelves as much as you will the items displayed on them.

Glass Shelves for Orderly Bathrooms

If you’re a homeowner or a renter, you already know how important it is to have adequate shelving in your bathroom, to keep track of all your grooming essentials and neatly folded extra towels. You can also use glass shelves in bathrooms for a clever display of sea shells or guest soaps. If you have lots of shelf space available, it’s easier for everyone to remember to put things back where they belong, for the next person. Glass shelves are especially handy in bathrooms, since the humidity won’t hurt them at all, whereas it might warp wood shelves.

A tiered glass shelving unit can be handy as well as attractive, in a bathroom. You can store anything you want on the shelves, and they will show off your bathroom more effectively than you will with things strewn on top of the sink countertop. Three or four tiers of glass will give you lots of room for decorative items and toiletries as well. These shelves usually attach to your wall with a frame, into which the shelves fit. These storage helpers can be purchased already assembled or at one of the box stores, if you’re a handy-person.  I’ve assembled many of these for customers and friends, and they are easy to set up and quite handy for storage and decorative purposes both.

Bathroom Glass Shelves

You can also purchase a glass and chrome shelf unit, which will enable you to use wall space and not floor space, for storage. These units are usually fairly tall and thin, so they have a small foot print. The bright chrome finish will wipe clean easily, as will the shelves, and the clean and simple lines will work in nearly any bathroom, regardless of your decor.

Many glass shelving options can be utilized in bathrooms, even if they weren’t designed to be used there. Some people now opt for plastic shelving for their bathrooms, but that isn’t nearly as attractive, and it also can become discolored after long use. Steel and glass shelving will give you quite a trendy look, even if you watch HGTV a lot and have bright colors on your walls. You can find units that are free-standing or units that mount on the wall, whichever will work best for your bathroom. If you have children that use the same bathroom, I would suggest that you use the wall-mounted glass shelves and mount them high enough so that the little ones can’t reach them.

Glass shelves in bathroom

Glass is always in style as a design element, and it will give your bathroom an interesting and amazing environment. The clean lines of glass shelves will make the room feel cleaner, too. Glass shelving makes your bathroom more appealing, and it can change the look of the room for the better. Glass is very functional as well as being attractive, and it will look more unique in your bathroom than tired old plastic or wooden shelves. It will also help to make your bathroom look and feel more spacious.

If you are remodeling or designing a bathroom, glass will fit in with most any design you might elect to use. You can also use colored glass, and glass made in forms, in addition to glass shelving. Glass may be used around bathtubs and sink vessels, to lay out any toiletries you may use frequently. Glass shelving is especially handy in small bathrooms, since it makes them look and feel larger.

Bathroom Glass Shelving Idea

Open glass storage shelves will look wonderful in virtually any bathroom you may be designing. It gives a look that says more organization and less clutter. You can access items stored on open glass shelves quite easily, and also use them for decorative purposes.

You may opt to accent your glass shelving with glass tiles, which will do even more to add to the spacious feel of your bathroom. Sit sea shells and other decorative items on glass shelves, and use glass tiles to show off the reflections of the decorations. Glass shelves can be used around the frames of mirrors as well, to make your bathroom look and feel more luxurious.

Bathroom Mirror with Glass Shelves

Glass bathroom shelves are easy to keep clean with just soap and water, unless you opt to use a glass cleaner instead. Maintaining these shelves is easier than talking care of wood, which is constantly getting dusty and affected by humidity, both. Glass resists moisture, humidity and steam, so a simple wipe will get rid of any excess moisture on your shelves. You may want to place candles or flowers on your taller-spaced glass shelves, for an even more elegant look. Make sure your glass shelves are thick enough for the weight you are placing on them.

Glass shelves that are fully open in the front and sides will make getting to your bathroom toiletries and other essentials handy. You can choose from frosted, tinted or plain glass. There is a newer type of glass on the market now, known as “variable transparency glass”, and this is virtually unbreakable, and quite safe for bathrooms. These glass shelves look more transparent while you have the lights on, but then look matte when you turn the lights off. You can also use mirrors placed behind glass shelves for a unique style and a brighter look.

Glass Shelf Under Bathroom Mirror

Glass shelving units can be used in your bathroom for a divider or partition, and still retain their ability to organize a cluttered room. This is especially handy if your master bath is attached to your bedroom. Replacing traditional doors with stylish partitions can make the space look bigger, too. You may use matte, transparent or tinted glass in shelving units used to divide areas in the room.

Stained glass panels can be used behind glass shelving units to create a look that is even more unique. This will spread color effectively all over the room. Make sure you use colors behind the shelves that complement the colors already in the room. Glass shelves have so many purposes in bathrooms, besides making the room look larger and more unique.

Glass Bookshelves

If you have an extensive library, perhaps you haven’t yet thought of using glass bookshelves to display and hold your books. Glass used to be thought of as too fragile to use in bookshelves, but modern advances in manufacturing technology have made it possible to use sturdy glass shelves to hold all your favorite books.

Wall shelves add a bit of style to your room, and make it feel more unique than a plain wood or laminate shelf would. In addition to books, you can store collectibles and decorative items on glass shelves, as well. Glass is being used in more innovative ways to display books and awards in your home. It has replaced wood in some instances.

Glass shelving has actually been used for quite some time. Various types of shelves are used today, and they may have supports made of wood, or they may be designed as floating shelves. For the purpose of displaying your library, you may want to use the more standard glass shelves, since they may be a bit more secure, for this purpose.

Glass is often used as a modern building material, as well. Some glass shelving is more useful for decorative purposes, but stronger glass shelves can easily accommodate your library. You can select from many different designs and shapes of glass bookshelves, although the most popular shelving for books is generally more traditional in appearance.

Tempered glass is used in some shelving units, and it is safer to use if you have children. This type of glass doesn’t shatter like traditional glass. Tempered glass shelves are durable and sturdy, especially if you wish to display your favorite books on glass shelves.

You’ll also want to consider where you will be placing your shelves, for the maximum efficiency in storage and elegance in design. Generally, glass shelves are placed along walls, and out of the way of foot traffic in your home.

Glass shelving is an elegant way to include storage in your room, especially for collectible books that you want on display. They add a focus to your room, and the sturdier models are made so that they can easily hold heavy items like books.

If you use floating glass shelves to display your library, you will find that they are a very dramatic way to show off your books. They have virtually invisible brackets, but are normally installed one shelf at a time, rather than a unit, which you usually will use to store books.

If you do use floating shelves for books, you will like the way the shelving appears to be suspended, since the framework is not visible. Glass shelves that are wall-mounted can be placed in a staggered pattern on the wall, to make for a more interesting display. They can also be lined up straight, so that they appear in form closer to a traditional shelf. If you are using glass bookshelves, you will want deeper, rather than shallower, shelves, so that they can accommodate all the books in your home library.

Glass Bookshelves