Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.
Barn doors don't intrude on floor space and make for an attractive pantry opening. The sliding doors reveal horseshoe shaped floating shelves with a natural wood look giving it a country design vibe. The shelf design leaves items easily accessible and visible.
By adding vertical shelves between windows you can create a fresh and open storage unit in any room. The floating shelves can provide the same amount of storage as a case good without the use of a bulky cabinet or bookshelf. Design by John Gidding
A raised feature walls brings the soothing sound of water to the contemporary swimming pool. The pool has a large tanning shelf designed for grandchildren to play and adults to sunbathe. An open pavilion is the perfect spot to relax poolside and stay out of the sun.
The A-List celebrity who had these bathroom bookcases designed exclusively for her Hollywood-area home loves reading so much she wants books within reach at all times. Something tells us, however, that her invaluable first editions are stored elsewhere, as a steamy tub could ruin pages, spines and glue. But who reads priceless books in the bathtub anyway? The reading material here is purely for pleasure and relaxation.
Boys are just superheroes in disguise, right? With this print in their room, the kiddos will always remember their potential. When paired with a globe, gold bookends and a vibes sign, this corner of the room is fun and full of interest.
In its past life as a home office, this room’s built-in shelving stored supplies for a home-based business. By varying the shelf heights, designer Lauren Clement added interest and made space to accommodate photos, topiaries and collected accessories. Greenery dotted throughout the room aims to link the traditional sitting room with the outdoors.
A thin black pencil-like floral pattern wall embellishment adds design and style to this white bookshelf. The design is heavy enough to make an impact, but understated enough to not disrupt the quaint, artistic display on the shelving. In addition to books, candlesticks, a glass collage mirror and sculpture art bring some color to the space.
Not sure what to showcase on shelves? First, consider what you love. Your interests and hobbies should come through in your accessory choices, says Debbie Wiener, an interior designer in Silver Spring, Md., who helps homeowners create spaces reflective of their everyday lives. "Kids' framed artwork, books, decorative plates, baseball cards or boomerang collections. Your home should look like you," Debbie says. Take stock of vacation mementos, crafts and items you're drawn to time and again when assembling accessories for a shelf arrangement. Design by Emily Henderson.
Cut the middle plywood shelf to size and drill 3/4" pocket holes into the undersides. Attach to the carcass with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. Add the trim with brad nails and pocket hole screws. Check for level.
Cut the 1/4" plywood sheet pan dividers to size. Dry fit to see if items will fit. The stand mixer should fit on the bottom shelf, the sheet pan dividers should easily slide into place, and the top shelf is designed to fit standard rolls of aluminum foil, plastic wrap, and other food storage items.