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DIY Floating shelves: the simplest storage solution

Are you out of storage space but have plenty of blank walls? Floating shelves are the most underrated storage trick when it comes to tricky nooks and narrow rooms. When there’s not enough room to install a free standing cabinet or you have dead space above your bar trolley, install one or many floating shelves of any length and width and soon you’ll be running out of stuff to fill them!

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Floating shelves are the perfect answer to a kitchen with too little storage. Not even a window can stop you from mounting a floating shelf against it. If you are to install a floating shelf across a bank of windows, be sure to store light objects on it so you don't obstruct the incoming sunshine.

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In long hallways with little excitement, a floating shelf at hip height would enable you to display flowers, ornaments, books and art without any need for large furniture or installation processes.

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If you have a bland wall space, why not turn your floating shelves into artwork by offsetting the arrangement for an asymmetrical look. Mount your shelves at different heights to allow for tall object to be stored as well as small ones without loosing too much space. Set it with books of varying colours and before you know it, you have a library too!

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To make a hallway flow seamlessly into another room, install floating shelves that wrap right around a corner for a sleek, contemporary look. However, be careful if you have young children as wrap around shelves make for sharp corners.

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The beauty of floating shelves is that they can be installed yourself and be as long, short, wide or narrow as you like! Even if you just have a small amount of space besides a door, installing 3 or 4 short floating shelves will provide you with oodles of storage and display potential.

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But how to install?

When your floating shelf comes tumbling down smashing anything in its path and damaging everything that was upon it, you will appreciate the few safe steps that can be taken to stop this from happening again.

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Before installing a floating shelf, make sure you have adequately located the studs in the wall. Make sure at least one of your brackets will fasten into a stud.

Mark these points on the wall and then check to see that they are in line by using a level. The last thing you want is for your shelf to be sloping.

Don’t overcrowd your shelf or make it too heavy! If you are planning on storing books or heavy items, make sure you use anchors with a generous weight-holding ability!

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