Do your bookshelves or bookcases look old-fashioned? Are you in desperate search of a storage option that can match your recently redecorated bathroom? Do you want an elegant display for your antique china or your prized collections?
If your answer to all these questions is yes, then glass shelves are a perfect solution for your home. This is probably the most polyvalent type of shelving unit out there, able to match different décor options. Overall, they are a great addition to any room, but they can truly shine in your bar, bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. Just by themselves and due to their simplicity, they can add a touch of elegance to the room without overwhelming the space.
Glass shelves have a secret talent: They can create an illusion of enlarged depth and maximise the apparent size of a room. And these are just two advantages… Let’s not forget these shelves are equally sleek and stylish, generally proving to be a great addition to small spaces like bathrooms. It can get even better when these transparent shelves made of glass come with special lighting effects.
But enough talking! Here are some 10 best tips to help you select and install the best glass shelves.
Customize Glass Shelves
Offices and homes differ in terms of style, size and owner’s preferences and this means you need to get a customized shelf for each room. Unfortunately, the ready-made shelf available in the furniture store might be too small or big (or too ugly) for the space you reserved. But there’s an easy solution: all you have to do is find a furniture shop that is willing to customize their products and suit your needs. You cannot change your space, but some stores are flexible enough to create a shelf that meets your demands.
Use Toughened Glass
Some people think glass is a bad choice to build a shelf because it can break and they are right in some cases. This won’t be a concern for you, because you can get shelves made of toughened glass, a material can be just as strong and resistant as wood and guarantees a durable shelf for any room.
The best thing about choosing glassh shelves? The material’s versatility. You don’t have to be tied to one style, as there are different designs to choose from depending on your creativity and taste. The best to do is this case is to find a supplier that can sandblast or bevel the material to match with your room’s decor.
Shape and Size
Consider your space requirements and the kind of base structure you will want to use for your shelf. These two features will determine the shape and size of the shelf you are buying, ordering or making. The interior and dimensions of the room will equally determine the shape and size of your future shelf, which can be oval, square, round and rectangular.
Your shelf can either have a polished or beveled edge, it’s your choice. If your interior is modern, beveled edges are the most suitable. For a more traditional look, select polished edges for your shelf.
There are different types of glass to select from when you want to create or order a shelf, but this decision will only be determined once you know what is the general décor you want to achieve. Then, it’s time to choose the color: your preferences will also determine if you want colored, bronze, gray, tinted, patterned, frosted or clear glass.
Shelf Supporting Structure
Just because you got toughened glass to do your shelve, it doesn’t mean you can spare a few cents on the shelf supporting structure. Juat make sure this new piece, made of wood or metal, can fit perfectly fit the reserved space. Wood will contribute for a homely look, while a metal structure (satin, black or white chrome, brass and nickel) will guarantee an elegant look. Maybe because of that, the latter is the most wanted.
When installing glass shelves, you must be aware of the weight of the items you intend to display. Select the right shelf thickness to properly hold heavier or lighter items. There are different types of glass width with options like ¼ and 1/2 inches.
You can mount your shelf on the wall or on the floor, depending on its utility. A wall mounted glass shelf will highlight the items you display, but it’s better for light pieces. On the other side, a floor mounted shelf can carry heavier and larger items.
Always be careful to choose an adjustable shelf for your space to suit the items you want to display. Flexibility is very important when selecting a glass shelf because this will allow you to move it around and accommodate smaller or bigger items.
Glass shelves offer both style and versatility to your home or office, as they are the perfect solution if you want an elegant way to organize items in different rooms. There are different options to select from according to your interior, preferences and the look you want to achieve.