Are you frustrated because you never have enough storage space in your home? Is your living space cluttered with so many cabinets that it’s hard to move around the house?
If you are at your wits’ end, then it might be time to try hanging shelves in your home and provide a surprising amount of additional storage.
Floating Shelves, Room by Room
Before installing shelves, make sure that your walls can support the weight of the items that you plan to place on top of the shelving. Find the exact locations of the wall studs and figure out the minimum distance between shelf brackets; if the brackets are spaced too far apart, the shelf might sag in the middle.
On the other hand, if you are planning to install brackets on masonry walls, you do not have to worry about studs. However, you need to make sure that you use the appropriate drill bits, as well as a hammer drill, instead of a regular electric drill.
Let’s start with the kitchen. Instead of cabinets or cupboards over the kitchen sink, why not install floating metal shelves instead?
The advantage of using open shelves, instead of cabinets, is that you can actually place more plates and other kitchenware on them as there are no dividers to worry about. Metal shelves, specifically the stainless steel ones, are water damage resistant, making them the perfect addition to your kitchen.
Stainless steel floating shelves are also much easier to clean and disinfect in comparison to wood cabinets.
On to the bathroom. The problem with most bathrooms is that they are usually the most poorly designed rooms in the house, with uneven corners, posts in the middle of the wall, and other architectural flaws.
However, you can take those flaws and turn them into interesting designs using custom floating metal shelves.
Those unsightly spaces between columns and the corners of the room? Make use of them by installing custom-fit shelves in them. Your guests will think that those shelves actually came pre-designed with the house.
Do you have a lot of stuff that you want to display in your room but do not have enough floor space for an actual display case? Try installing several levels of floating metal shelves around the doorway and on the walls (preferably near the ceiling so you save a lot of floor space).
You can install two or three levels of shelves on all the walls of your room. This can give you more than ample space for your collections.
Furthermore, as an added bonus, your stuff will be out of reach of young children if you have young ones in your home.
Do you want to have your own office space in your home but you don’t have an actual room to spare? You can turn any unused corner of your home into an office just by installing a couple of floating shelves that wrap around the corner. This will give you plenty of space to store your documents and office supplies.
In addition, instead of using a conventional desk, you can customize a floating desk. This is like a large floating shelf, so you can make your little office space look cohesive while saving space.
If your living room does not have enough floor space for a media cabinet, hang your TV using a wall bracket, then install a couple of shelves around it. This will give you more than enough space for DVD players, Blu-ray players, video game consoles and peripherals, as well as other things that will complete your entertainment room.
Another hack to maximize storage space using shelves in the living room is to make the space between them just large enough to fit plastic or wicker baskets in between them. You can use these baskets like removable drawers to store things like:
- DVD or Blu-ray collections
- Kids’ toys
- Remote controls
- Game controllers
...and other small knick-knacks that you don’t want to just lie around everywhere.
The garage is yet another place in your home that can greatly benefit from installing plenty of floating metal shelves. Push a workbench into one corner of your garage and then install as many shelves as you need around it to create your very own workshop.
Having open shelves helps by making everything you need (tools, materials, spare parts, etc.) easier to find, thus saving you from all the frustration that comes with rummaging through crowded cabinets and drawers.
Mentioned are just a couple of ways you can find floating metal shelves helpful when dealing with your storage problem. In fact, you might even come up with more ideas of your own when you try implementing the tips mentioned in this article.
See what floating shelves are available here, and start uncluttering your life now!