Compact wall shelves (1) are ideal for small living areas. Plants, paperbacks or decoration articles can be arranged here in style. Large standing shelves (2) with numerous compartments offer open storage space for files and can be used as a classic bookcase. Semi-enclosed upright shelves (3) with highboard or sideboard character create closed storage space for all objects that should not be visible at first glance. Ladder racks (4) are perfect for small rooms due to their narrow and high dimensions, as they provide space for all kinds of objects on a vertical level.
Metal shelves: shelves made of metal are ideal for integration into industrial style furnishings. At first they appear simple and cool, but can be filled with life through decorative items and personal items. The material is easy to clean and can therefore be used, for example, as a dish rack in the kitchen.
Shelves made of glass: Those who like it particularly chic and clean will reach for a shelf made of glass. Shelves made of glass appear airy and light and can be decorated with perfume flacons, crockery or vases, for example. The durable material is particularly suitable for the bathroom.
Shelves in a material mix: shelves made of different materials can be used accordingly in numerous facilities. Combinations of metal frames and wooden floors are particularly popular. They blend in equally well with natural, modern and classically furnished living spaces.
Load capacity of shelves:
The material also influences the load capacity of the shelf. As a general rule, the longer the shelves, the less loadable they are - unless you consciously pay attention to the thickness of the material. This can vary greatly with materials such as wood or metal. In the case of particularly thin shelves, the stringboard elements should not be placed too far apart from each other to ensure stability.
Depth of wall shelving and standing shelving:
In order to choose the right size of the desired shelf, the space available, the location and the use of the shelf should be taken into account in the planning. First of all, it should be noted that standing shelves are usually considerably lower (min. 30 cm) than wall shelves (min. 15 cm). They therefore protrude further into the room, which should be taken into account especially when space is limited.
Height of the wall mounting:
Again and again you are confronted with the question at what height the wall shelf should be placed on the wall. As a rule of thumb: The end of the wall shelf should never be higher than 2 m. In addition, you can orientate yourself by your own body size. The top shelf should therefore still be easily accessible with an outstretched arm.
Distribution of space and storage space of stand shelves:
The range of space available with floor-standing shelving is many times greater than with wall-mounted shelving. The shape and size of the shelf depends on the size of the room. High, narrow upright shelving units offer plenty of storage space on a vertical level, while long, wide shelving units can be used as sideboards and make noticeable use of the space available in the living area. Nevertheless, the storage space available can be the same for both variants.
"If possible, decide on an upright shelf with a maximum height of 150 cm. You can use the upper shelf space optimally for table lamps or other high accessories and additionally set the wall above it in scene." - Viktoria, furnishing expert
"Always choose your shelf at least a bit larger than necessary, as this not only allows you to create space for what you need, but also to arrange it in an airy and relaxed manner. A shelf always looks appealing when the eye also finds moments of rest when looking at it." - Viktoria, furnishing expert
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