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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.