Most homes today are drowning in clutter. Rooms feel cramped and disorganized; some lose their identity completely. Studies show we tend to buy more things than we recycle or get rid of which results in overstuffed attics, basements, closets and sometimes even corners of our rooms. So, what can we do?
The easiest solution is wall shelving units. Your floor space is limited, and your walls are unused real estate. Shelves are easy to use to keep framed photos, small collections, trophies and other items out of harm’s way. As with everything “design” you need to decide what kind of shelves fit your style.
Shelves come in a variety of woods, acrylic, and glass. They also come in many different styles. Each material has advantages and disadvantages. Wood is strong compared with acrylic or glass. Acrylic shouldn’t be used for heavy items, and glass can scratch or break depending on what you put on it. As far as style goes, wood is pretty basic, but can be styled and be used with brackets or “floating”. Glass and acrylic usually pack more of a punch and come in more designs, or in the case of acrylic, colors.
There are also wall shelf units available which are more like boxes with shelves and sometimes doors. These are mostly wood, but a good storage solution. With doors, you can “hide” small items that look cluttered when left out in the open, but still have access to them. (ie: your thimble collection or knick knacks.)
For ideas look at rooms in magazines, visit your local home improvement store or search the internet for “wall shelves”.