Are you tired of always moving furniture around your house just to create a bit more space for your stuff? Stop punishing yourself and get rid of your bulky furniture by opting for stainless steel floating shelves instead.
If you’re a smart consumer, you’re probably looking for information on why you should switch to floating shelves. Here are five of the biggest benefits these shelves provide.
Steel Floating Shelves Are Sleek
Hanging shelves look as if they defy the laws of physics. Most people are used to seeing shelves with brackets holding them up, but you won’t see that with floating shelves. Not that traditional brackets can’t look great, but they don’t always fit with the decor of many homes.
Instead of having the brackets exposed, supports are hidden inside the shelves (which is why all floating shelves, stainless or otherwise, are a bit thicker than conventional shelves). The brackets that hold up these shelves are not L-shaped, but are metal bars attached to the wall. The hollow floating shelves are then slid over these supports.
Floating Shelves Are Robust
If you think stainless floating shelves are not as strong as shelves with visible brackets, then you’re about to be surprised. The great thing about floating shelves is that they can support a lot of weight without compromising wall space.
If you are just placing a couple of light items on the shelf, you can get away with using wall toggles on drywall. However, if you will be placing heavy appliances on your kitchen shelves, stainless steel floating shelves are the ideal choice – just make sure the shelf supports are anchored to the wall studs.
Stainless steel floating shelves are also the preferred choice in professional kitchens because they are:
- Easy to clean
- Resistant to water damage
In an extremely humid environment like the kitchen, wooden shelves will only rot and become a haven for dangerous mold. Stainless steel shelves, on the other hand, are waterproof and do not rust, making them the most hygienic choices for kitchens.
Remove the closed cabinets from your kitchen and replace them with floating shelves to make your kitchen more airy and open. The openness of the shelves will make a small kitchen feel more spacious while making everything more accessible.
They Save Space
If you live in a small apartment, then you probably do not have enough floor space for a conventional bookcase. However, that does not mean you don’t have other options for shelving. Hang a couple of floating shelves above your sofa to give yourself more than enough space for books, artwork, plants and other mood objects. In addition, since these shelves do not use up any valuable floor space, you’ll have more space for essential furniture pieces like chairs and tables.
In addition, you can even add floating shelves in the corners of the room. If you have an awkwardly small, unused corner in your bathroom, just add a couple of small floating shelves to utilize the space. The open nature of stainless steel floating shelves will make the space feel larger and make use of valuable real estate.
Floating Shelves Are Easy to Install
You don’t need to hire a contractor to install floating shelves for you –they are quite easy to install. All you need is a drill, a simple level, and a tape measure. Find the studs on your wall, then attach the support brackets in place. Then, use the level to make sure that the shelves will go on straight.
Another great thing about floating shelves is that you can install them in a variety of configurations. Install one long shelf above your fireplace for displaying your picture frames, or hang them in a staggered pattern to give the room a bit more flair. You can even hang them askew on purpose and place rubber anti-slip mats on them to make it seem like the objects you place on the shelf defy gravity.
They Have Multiple Uses
Hanging shelves are not just for placing your books and displaying your various knick-knacks.
Want to turn one corner of your apartment into a mini bar? Just install a couple of floating shelves at shoulder height with enough space for the bottles, glasses, and other paraphernalia. Add some hidden downlighting for added ambiance.
Another neat use for shelves, in general, is for hidden storage. For instance, you can place a wooden box or basket on the shelves for your kids’ toys, your DVDs and Blu-rays, or other things that you want to keep hidden to preserve the sleek look of your place.
Transform Your Home
This article covers just some of the things you can do with stainless steel floating shelves in your home. Undoubtedly, you will find even more uses once you start using them!
Take a look at some of the floating shelves available now and say goodbye to your storage and design problems.