Floating Shelves

If you want a stylish showing for your decorative collectibles, use floating shelves to show them off to their fullest beauty. Brackets get somewhat in the way when you are working on installing traditional shelves. You won’t have that problem with shelves that “float”.

A floating shelf doesn’t have brackets like traditional shelving does. This makes it easier to create elegant wall designs. A floating shelf has internal brackets that generally are the same length as the shelf. They are designed so that you don’t see any bracket. The shelves slide on the brackets via the back of the shelf. This makes the shelves look sleeker than regular shelves do. When you use this kind of shelving, you can mount shelves anywhere, including smaller areas that would not comfortably house traditional shelves.

When you look at a floating shelf, it may appear to you to be fragile, due to the way it sits. The bracket workings are hidden, hence the name of the shelf. In actuality, they are every bit as strong as traditional shelving.

When they design this type of shelf, manufacturers of the floating shelf realized that each shelf appears to hang, with no support externally. They are designed in a way that they can be reinforced. The means to accomplish this is to attach screws to the wall, and add durable materials to the makeup of the internal brackets. The brackets are also extended to a length that gives good support. You can put fairly heavy items on floating shelves, without worrying about whether the shelves will hold them.

A floating shelf is not just functional, but also is beautiful to look at. They come in all types of wood finishes, giving your room a rich, traditional look. If your house is art deco or modern, you can find a floating shelf made from long lasting, strong materials, in lots of colors. This will help if your room has a color scheme already. You may find a floating shelf that has a sleek, thin style, and one that boasts intricate designs on the edges. Regardless of your style, you can find a floating shelf to fit your decor.

You can install a floating shelf yourself, as long as you have the proper tools. You’ll decide on the number of shelves you want first, and at what levels you would like each shelf to hang. Check to make sure that there aren’t any hidden cables or pipes in your way.

Lay the first bracket on the wall, making sure that it is level. Mark the positions for the holes. Drill holes where you have marked, using fittings or screws that will work well with your wall and the bracket materials. Screw your bracket into place.

Next, you’ll need to slide your shelf on the bracket and make sure that the whole shelf is level. After you have decided that you like the positioning, slide the shelf off, and position the remaining brackets. After all the brackets are on the wall, slide on the floating shelves and fix them into place, using the screws that came with them.