How To Use Shelves To Increase Your Storage Space

Wall-mounted shelves are excellent for maximizing your storage space anywhere in the house. Thanks to their simplicity and versatility, they can be installed in any room without exceptions. But you need more than just some free space on a wall to make this system work.

First let’s review the main elements you need to take care of when installing the shelves. First of all, measure the area and decide what size the shelves should be. Then make sure the shelves you want to install can support the weight you’re planning on storing. There are a number of materials to choose from like wood, glass or metal.

Shelves are most practical in the kitchen. Mount three or four open shelve above the backsplash and use them to store and display things like glasses, plates, spice jars, etc. in a small kitchen, you can use shelves to make the room feel larger.

You can use also shelves to display your collections and decorative items. For example, install shelves all around the door in a room and turn that space into a storage wall. Very clever and very practical and a lovely idea for small bedrooms.

For open floor plans, for example, let the shelves wrap around the corners and create a continuous design meant to connect two different zones. They’ll look interesting and they’ll be very functional at the same time.

Custom shelves can fit and squeeze into tight spaces and areas with difficult shapes, like in the case of this bathroom. A very smart way of adding storage to the room and taking advantage of a difficult layout.

Another place where open shelves can be very helpful in your home office. Lots of items need to be stored and they also have to be easily accessible. Use shelves to turn a corner into a beautiful workspace.

Sometimes a couple of open shelves can be just the thing a room needs to feel complete. They are great accent features and perfect for blending style with function.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on August 24th, 2011


One Response to “How To Use Shelves To Increase Your Storage Space”

  • Chloe says:

    Shelves can be one of the best ways to increase your storage space and get organized. They make use of that wasted wall space in tight kitchens and closets perfectly. Your pictures offer quite decorative solutions but the functional use of shelves shouldn’t be underestimated. They often need a bit of help to be really useful though. Baskets for kitchen shelves, plastic boxes for garage shelves or shelf dividers for closet shelves help to maximize the space and keep items in order!


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