How, Where and When to Use Floating Shelving

 how where when to use floating shelvesThese days, the use of floating shelving is becoming something of an architectural trend. A look at this type of shelving quickly reveals why that is; it is very aesthetically pleasing, with a modern, stylish look. Floating shelving is shelving stripped down to its basic element – the shelf itself. It appears as if it is suspended in mid-air against a wall because not a single bracket, screw or any other kind of support or connector is visible. Hiding these parts creates an almost magical effect. In this post, we explore how you can use floating shelving, as well as where and when.

Let’s start with the “where” and “how”. Floating shelving can be made of metal, wood, plastic or any number of other materials. Wood is a popular choice in home settings, while metal lends itself particularly well to offices and industrial spaces like warehouses. Coated steel is always a winning choice.  The shelving can be arranged singly or in sets; meaning you can have just one shelf on the wall, or a number running from floor to ceiling. You can space the shelves as you please and according to your storage needs. An interesting tip is that using an odd number of shelves has been found to be more visually appealing than an even number.

Floating shelving is great in that it uses what would otherwise be empty wall space; improving efficiency. It adds an extra dimension to your home or workplace, meeting your storage needs while adding definition. The shelving is relatively inexpensive, tough and easy to install. If you have the right tools, it is possible to do it yourself; though if you are uncertain about what to do or have a large number of floating shelves to install, it is best to call on an expert to ensure the job is done professionally and completed smoothly.

Once you have identified walls that can accommodate floating shelving, you simply need to work out how much you need and what you are going to store on it. This brings us to the “when”. Floating shelving is a lot stronger than it looks; although the brackets and other bits are invisible, they are sturdy and the shelves can hold a fair amount of weight. The exact load limits can be calculated by a shelving installation expert, but as a general guideline floating shelving is not ideal for the storage of very bulky, heavy items. There are other types of shelving, and, indeed, racking that are better suited to heavy duty storage. Floating shelving is ideal for the display and storage of smaller items like documents, books, ornaments and compact stock items.

Floating shelving is redefining storage solutions in the 21st century. It is a versatile, attractive addition to any wall space. To find out more about this contemporary choice of shelving, as well as other types of shelving and which ones would best suit your home or work space, contact one of our friendly consultants.

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