Contemporary and traditional, floating shelves provide space-saving storage in a room. The proper installation of a floating shelf is capable of holding a large amount of weight and will eliminate the need for brackets. By eliminating shelf brackets that can cause a room to look crowded, floating shelves create a clean and uncluttered look, adapting to any style with elegance and subtlety.
With little effort, you can make a floating shelf. Installing drywall anchors through a flat bracket or multiple shelves for a large area of wall may require more steps depending on how much weight the shelf will hold.
It is possible to use a store-bought floating shelf when displaying pictures or collectibles, or even to store some light books. The bracket is flush with the wall and comes with drywall anchors. Place the bracket where you want the floating shelf, and then attach the floating shelf to the bracket.
A supporting structure should be erected for shelves that will hold considerably more weight. For additional support, two 2×4 ledgers can be installed on the wall. To mount the 2x4s on the studs, you will need to measure the length of the shelves and find the studs with a stud finder. A construction grade adhesive should be used to attach the 2×4. Shelf components from plywood can then be attached directly to the ledgers using more glue and a nail gun.
If the hollow core door is too large to cut into shelves, then the door can be cut into smaller pieces. One door can yield several shelves, and they can be found at home improvement stores for an incredibly low price. Floating shelves can be made this way by painting the shelves first, then wrapping the exposed edges with wood trim. Purchase laminate to cover the shelves to make them easier to keep clean. Furthermore, this prevents scratches and dings from appearing on shelf surfaces.
A floating black shelf or a floating glass shelf can add a monolithic quality to the space, or they can be an accent. Black floating shelves can also make a powerful statement.
These shelves are designed by manufacturers with the understanding that they are not supported externally. Therefore, they have been specially reinforced. Installing screws into the wall and using durable brackets for the interior are the only ways to attach the brackets. As well as providing outstanding support, the brackets are also very durable. Because of this design, heavy items can be placed on the shelves without any problems.
Furthermore, floating shelves are beautiful as well as functional. Traditional, rich wood finishes are available in a variety of colors. Floating shelves in strong, long lasting resin are available from some manufacturers if your home is more modern or art deco in style. There are dozens of colors that you can choose from. A big plus if your room is decorated with a certain color scheme. The shelves come in many different designs; there are thin, sleek ones and others with extremely intricate edge designs. There is a floating shelf set to fit every home’s decor, no matter what your style may be.
Solid wood or plywood is the best material to use when building large floating shelves to hold heavy objects.