Having shelves in a room, apart from providing the pace for storage, also imparts a character to the room. There are many designs and styles of shelves to choose from but including floor to ceiling shelving in any room gives it an enhancing look. Ceiling to floor shelving when installed on a wall gives the impression of a customized built in shelving unit. Since most helving materials are not too expensive, addition of shelving makes for a very economical home decorating plan that most home owners, especially the DIY kind, would find within their means.
Choose Appropriate Location
While fixing floor to ceiling shelving the first thing that one has to decide is the place where these will be installed. These shelves make an excellent addition to any room in your home and the best thing is that you can adjust their size as per the space available. These provide adequate storage space for containing your books, binders, magazines and other office supplies when installed in home office or a craft room. At the same time, if you decide to have these in your living room, you can well utilize it for having a home library or entertainment center by designing them suitably to contain TV and or music system. In your bedroom they prove useful for housing books, family photos or decorative items along with a music system. And in the kitchen these can be fixed on a wall to get a bistro kind of storage arrangement for keeping items like utensils, kitchen gadgets and cook books that you always need in the kitchen. Narrow but full height shelving in the bathroom goes to create space for storage of towels, bathroom supplies and for display of candles and decorative plants.
Making Plans And Decisions
Having decided the location, you need to carefully measure the available space for putting this shelving arrangement. You may decide to make the shelves yourself. In that case you may consider building one whole framework for shelves or you may opt to fix individual pieces on the wall. Though most people opt to have one entire framework, having individual shelves fixed on the wall to get the impression of floating shelves gives a stunning effect in combination with abstract pieces of art on the wall. When fixing the shelves directly on the wall, you should use appropriate wall studs or anchor screws to ensure that the shelves are securely attached. Another factor you should not overlook while deciding on the size of the shelves is the size and weight of the items you plan to keep therein. It always helps to go for a slightly larger size than what you may require right now, and thus keep some room for expansion in future.
Building The Shelves
You get ready to use kits for making full height helving units. Of course, you can build these without having one such kit. In that case you need to look for lumber strong enough for building shelves, keeping in mind the measurements of space at your disposal. You may opt to use hardwood like cherry, walnut, oak and maple. It is helpful to use plywood or pressed wood in case you decide to paint the shelves in a color of your choice that goes along well with the interiors of the room that’s going to house the shelves. However, it may be pointed out here that such shelving is not very strong and tends to sag if loaded with heavy items like books. Even if you decide to use hardwoods, keep the size below thirty six inches or provide a support in the middle to prevent sagging.