How To Select Floating Shelves For Bathroom

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Technological developments coupled with advanced manufacturing processes have led to the development of many useful man-made materials. These materials are strong and durable and overcome many of the limitations of natural or other products that had hitherto been considered wonderful. Let’s consider glass for instance, one of the most brittle materials that we have known since ages. Despite its positive features, its use was rather limited, because of its being prone to breaking into thousands of tiny pieces, which proved fatal time and again.

Present day technology has to a great extent succeeded in overcoming the negative characteristics of glass. These days, different kinds of it are manufactured to suit different applications. Some of them are as strong as metals and they don’t break easily, and even when they do, there are not those dangerous miniscule pieces, as you might have noticed sometimes with an accidental vehicle.

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Modified characteristics of glass have opened many channels for its industrial and domestic applications and the one that comes to immediate mind is beautifully crafted pieces of furniture and shelves in attractive designs and colors. Glass shelves prove to be items of great utility in most homes. They can be designed to carry heavy loads, are installed conveniently and an average homeowner can easily undertake such installation without asking for any professional help.

Of the many kinds of glass shelves, the one that continues to fascinate most people is known as floating glass shelf. These are transparent enclosures of glass and are installed to give the impression as if suspended in mid air. That effect of floating in the air is achieved by incorporating specially designed connectors, which hold them on the wall, but remain invisible to the onlooker.

Floating glass shelves make a unique appearance on the walls and the contents that you may decide to house therein suddenly begin to look all the more interesting and impressive. You can store almost any item in these shelves like: antiques, figurines, books and magazines, electronic gadgets, or even wine glasses. It all depends upon your personal preferences and requirements. Further, they require minimal maintenance as you don’t have to paint or polish them periodically; just wipe them clean with a soft cloth to avoid scratches.

You get them in many sizes and designs, depending on the intended purpose that you might have. Another helpful feature is that you can a number of them and fix them on the wall in a staggered manner. If you like to display a series of items, arrange the shelves in an eye catching fashion, keeping in mind that smaller items are easily viewed if placed close to each other at eye level, while larger ones have to be spaced keeping their height in mind.

Before you go out to buy floating glass shelves it will be good to do a bit of your homework. At the outset, you should be clear of the items that you like to store, yes it refers to the weight and size of the items because that determines the kind of shelves you can have. The quality of glass and its thickness needed for storage of heavier items, say books or music systems is certainly different from the one needed for displaying your small lightweight figurines. Another important aspect is to decide the spot where you are going to keep it floating! Takes measurements and buy an appropriate size for perfect fitment.


Custom And Glass Steel Shelves

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Steel shelving systems are made in varying thickness (gauge) of steel. The thicker the metal, the sturdier will be the end product. A very helpful feature of custom-made steel shelving systems is that these can be made to your specifications to suit your precise requirements. They are designed to provide light, medium or heavy-duty storage; depending on the kind of items you would like to store therein. Therefore, it's important to be clear of what items you are going to store in such shelves. Obviously, you need to have thicker gauge of metal for storing heavy items and vice versa.

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Items that you just can't dispose off but wouldn't like to get cluttered in home are best stored in custom-made steel shelving systems that are available in many designs and sizes, thus helping you to better organize your place and have clean environments.

One advantage of using custom-made steel shelving systems is that you can choose from many of the designs that include: open back or closed back, single or double entry, long span or rivet wide span and double rivet rack shelving. This kind of shelving is ideally installed in garages, basements and storerooms.

Keep the following factors in mind while deciding the design of shelving:

* Earmark the space where you would like to install the shelves.
* Decide the open back shelving or closed back shelving, depending on space available and your storage requirements.
* Make out the items that you intend storing therein.

Over many generations the combination of steel and glass has continued to be patronized for its obvious advantages and even today we find it at so many laces in our daily life because of its utility and looks. The same idea of combining the twin materials when extended to include shelving units delivers functional storage space with sleek sophisticated looks. Yes, they are functional but you need to spend sometime for deciding their optimum use. First of all you need to decide the place for keeping them and measure the area available. Then, you should decide the items for which you intend using them and be able to visualize how would they look in the place you have in mind for them. All this needs to be considered while looking for their design. The items to be stored are the most elemental, as probably you wouldn't think of using them for heavy items like a toolbox, for instance. The weight and size of items matters the most.

You'll also find shelves made from a combination of steel and glass. These area favorite of doctors, clinics, pharmacies, laboratories, hospitals and such medicine related facilities as they enable viewing of their contents, are easy to clean and look neat.

Because of their neat appearance and easy maintenance they ask for, this combination is often used to store items in the kitchen also. They add a touch of class to wherever you put them, including bathrooms and living rooms too. But, once again you have to keep in mind their weight bearing capacity, they are not steel shelves and should be used for accommodating lighter items.