When planning to install wall shelves keep in mind that:
- you need to assess the weight of the items you plan to store on these shelves
- you need to see how well the type of shelving you chose fit with the decor of the room
- Sturdy metal or plastic systems – used mostly for garages, and maybe offices
- solid wood – oak, pine, walnut – it can be bought pre-finished or you can do it yourself.
- particleboard – known as chipboard, also – it’s cheaper and more uniform than real wood. It needs to be painted or covered with other sealer. You can buy it covered with melamine or hardwood veneer.
- medium density fiberboard – known as MDF – stronger than particleboard, but also heavier. It needs painting, or it can be sealed with varnish.
- blockboard – stronger than particleboard, it can be finished with paint, and it needs trims for edges.
- Glass – used for lightweight pieces to display.You can buy it pre-cut for different sizes, or in specialized places you can have it cut to your own dimensions.
Did you make up your mind on what to display, and shelves fit with your decor? Good!…
Let’s take a look at the shelving systems available on the market:
BRACKETS AND BOARDS, OR SELF ASSEMBLING KITS.
What’s GOOD about them: They are not expensive, and you buy the quantity you need, you place where you want and how you want. For self assembly kits, shelves and fittings usually are sold separately.
What’s NOT SO GOOD: It takes a long time to install, because each bracket needs to be screwed on the wall, and each board needs to be levelled individually.
ALL-IN-ONE-BRACKETS-AND-SHELVES.These are usually, small, pre-assembled units.
What’s GOOD about them: You have brackets and boards put together for you-just buy and install them.
What’s NOT SO GOOD: On this type of shelves you can only display lightweight items.
TRACK SYSTEMS– you can insert brackets in two or three vertical rails(already fixed to the wall)
What’s GOOD about them: You can slot in boards at any height with variable spacing between them.
What’s NOT SO GOOD: The vertical, metal rails might not fit with any type of room decor.
BUILT IN SHELVING– where shelves are built in an alcove, and they sit on supports screwed to the sides of the alcove.
What’s GOOD about them: This is a practical and flexible kind of shelving, because you can use a space that otherwise would be wasted.
What’s NOT SO GOOD: The width of the shelving is limited by the lateral walls.
Ready to Install Shelves, But Not Sure What materials To Use?
Let’s take a look at the most common used ones: