Wall mounted shelves are great accessories to use in the home, because they can serve as both practical and decorative accessories. Whether you’re buying a classic wooden wall shelf to add a down-home feeling to a room, or purchasing a contemporary wooden shelf to give a space more edge, there’s a lot a traditional wall mounted shelf can do for your home. You may think you know exactly what your shelves are good for, but do consider the alternate uses for wall mounted shelves in the home.
Five Alternate Uses Of Wall Mounted Shelves
Use Shelves As A Key Or A Coat Rack
Shelves are great for holding things on top, but they can very effectively hold things on the bottom as well. Save some space and convert a traditional wall shelf to a key rack by screwing small hooks into the bottom. In order to convert it to a coat rack, you’ll need a larger shelf that can sustain more weight. You can also buy new wall shelves that are already designed to double as coat or key racks. By adding to this extra utility to your shelves, you can open up a lot of space in a room or create a great visual with your entryway.
Wall Mounted Book Shelves
A lot of people think books only belong on a big traditional bookshelf but you can easily turn it into wall mounted book shelves. You can take advantage of the wall mounted shelving and put books in any open wall space you can find. That empty space above your couch can suddenly hold three rows of books thanks to three small wall mounted shelves. If you need extra space in a bedroom, take the area above your closet doors and add a row of shelves to hold books or DVDs. Another great look for your home is to add a row of wall mounted shelves along the side of a hallway at eye level, so your guests can get a look at your collection.
Use As Decorative Standalone Shelves
Shelves don’t just have to be used as storage. Why not convert it into decorative wall mounted shelves. Many wall mounted shelves can be decorative on their own right. Find a shelf with a carved pattern that suits your home, or just brings in a flash of color that matches another element in a room. These types of shelves can take a bland space and turn it into a vibrant one with additional depth to the walls. And if you need to, you can always add things to the shelves later when storage needs come up.
Create Unique Eye-Catching Displays
Wall mounted shelves can be combined in a lot of engaging ways to create really interesting displays. Instead of just using horizontal shelves, consider turning some sideways to create a square. Take a row of shelves and stagger them vertically to create a stair-step effect. You can even slant shelves on your wall and totally change the look of a room. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors and styles to achieve the eye-catching effects you’re looking for. There are a lot of funs and creative ways to make use of wall mounted shelves that most people would never expect.
Displaying Picture Frames
One of the simplest ways to use a wall mounted shelf is to put picture frames on it. Instead of always placing frames right on your wall, consider placing them on a shelf. It adds depth to the space and makes the pictures jump out at viewers instead of remaining flat on the wall. It’s a great way to refresh pictures that have been stagnant on the wall for years, and a great way to make your family notice them again.
I hope these five tips have given you the motivation to go out and buy some wall mounted shelves, and then totally change your home with them. There are probably a lot more ways to use shelves too, and that’s up to each and every person to figure out with their own space.