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April 19, 2019

All The Open Shelves

 

 @theruthlessorganizer

@theruthlessorganizer

Open shelving is the ‘it’ thing. It’s a functional design element that adds character to any space. It is an easy way to organize a kitchen, keep the costs down (due to less upper cabinets) and add a unique feature to your walls. If you are considering open shelving, there are a few elements to consider prior to design and installing. Check it out!

 @joannagaines

@joannagaines

#1. What will be stored on your open shelves?

Whether you are working with a professional or tackling this project yourself, it’s important to know what you will be using your open shelves for. Are you simply using them to showcase books and plants? Or will you be using them for functional kitchen items such as mixers and ceramic bowls. Considering what you will be displaying on the open shelves and planning it out ahead is crucial as it will determine what type of open shelf unit will be best for supporting the weight of your items. There are many different types of open shelving from floating shelves to L-bracket shelves to hanging shelves and mounted shelves. There are also many different types of materials you could select including (but not limited to) wood, metal and glass. Ensure you plan out and weigh the items you would like to display and verify that the shelves you want to use can handle the weight.

It is also crucial to measure all the items you want to store prior to designing your shelves as well. Make sure you account for the proper depth of the shelves, especially if you will be storing plates (I have learned from experience y’all). Although open shelves seem simple and brainless make sure you PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!

#2. Prefab or Custom Shelves?

Now ask yourself, where do I want my open shelves? I’m sure you’re thinking, DUH Shaina, thats the first thing we figured out. Well, you’re ahead of the game my friend. So now that you know where you want them hung, decide if the space allows for prefab shelving (shelving that has been constructed beforehand) or if it will require custom shelving.

 @limororen_interiorstyling

@limororen_interiorstyling

Prefab shelving is a great option for budget and time frame. You can pick it up from your local store or order it online for a quick delivery time. However, prefab shelving can be a bit limiting as it only offers certain sizes, colors and varieties.

Due to sizing limitations or specific design elements, you may want / need custom shelving. If you are going the custom route, decide what type of material you would like and reach out to a local professional that specializes in that field.

 @grandecustomhomes

@grandecustomhomes

Custom shelves are an easy way to incorporate your personal style and make a statement piece in your kitchen!

 @joannagaines

@joannagaines

#3. What style of shelves will you select?

There are many different styles to choose from! The style will impact the installation, so make sure you have this finalized and selected prior to starting construction.

L-Brackets

 @stylemepretty

@stylemepretty

 @stylemepretty

@stylemepretty

Mounted Shelves

 @holcombholstead

@holcombholstead

 @finding_lovely

@finding_lovely

Hanging Shelves

 @joannagaines

@joannagaines

Floating Shelves

#4 Where are your anchor points?

Okay, now that you know the location, weight limitation, size and the material of your shelves, its time to figure out how you will install the shelves safely and ensure they are sturdy. You need to know exactly what you will be drilling into. Depending on what type of open shelves you went with, the installation might be a bit different, but you need to make sure you are anchoring to either a stud or wood blocking. You will also need to consider if the shelves will be installed directly over drywall or if they will be installed over tile or another material. If they are being installed over tile, you will need a carbide-tipped masonry bit to pre-drill through tile at the specific mounting points .

 @mcgeeandco

@mcgeeandco

  • Studs

First things first, are there studs where you want to install the shelves? Studs are the vertical framing members in a wall. If you can drill into the studs, you are golden. Studs will allow you to store heavier items on your shelving unit and ensure it is safe and sturdy (we don’t need a heart attack in the middle of the night from our shelves falling down!)

  • Wood Blocking

If you do not have studs where you want to hang your shelves, you will need to install wood blocking. This is why its so important to plan ahead. if you need the wood blocking its important to know ahead of time so you are not having to open up drywall or demo tile if it isn’t necessary. During construction, you will want to plan out exactly where the wood blocking needs to be installed to ensure your shelving unit is centered perfectly where you would like it.

 @joannagaines

@joannagaines

So thats it friends! Pretty simple right? The process is easy, but it is so important to plan ahead, just as it is for every other design element. It may take more time up front, but I promise it will save you a lot of time in the long run! And if you don’t feel comfortable or confident in hanging them yourselves, or you’ve asked your hubby a million times to do it and it just hasn’t happened (Lord bless their hearts) theres no shame in your game calling a contractor! We all love DIY, but sometimes the professionals are the way to go!

 @beckiownes

@beckiownes

Let me know if you have any questions, leave me a message in the comments section!

 

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