Shelving can make a house a home. It gives you a place for storing knickknacks, framed photos, plants, your favorite books and more. Best of all, shelves can be added to any area where you have extra room.
But if you want to add some shelving, there are some decisions you’ll first need to make. First, you should settle on the type of shelving you want. Do you want it to be a standalone piece of furniture that you can move from one home to the next, or would you prefer something that mounts to your walls?
Next, consider the material used to construct your shelving. Do you want wood or metal shelves? You should also consider the mounts holding the shelves up. Some use PVC pipes and composite wood while others use metal pipes and solid wood. Price may play a role in the option you choose, and keep in mind that you may not need a heavy-duty build if you’ll only be using it to display lightweight items.
Once you’ve decided the basic design you need, measure the area where you’ll set up the shelves and compare those measurements with the many options you see. You may find some shelves protrude more than they seem like they will, and this could take up some of your precious floor space.
Lastly, there’s the general look of your shelving. You’ll find a wide range of colors, from woods to metals. Look around the room where you’ll be displaying the shelves and choose the color that will best match your existing décor. You should also pay close attention to the items you plan to store on your shelves and consider how they’ll look once in place. You may find that a lighter-color wood won’t look well with your dark wood frames.