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.