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Adding Function & Style with Family Room Shelving



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By : Fiona Creech    99 or more times read
Shelving is a great storage solution for any room and they are particularly useful in the family room. Shelving lets you keep necessities like remote controls, magazines and books, games and toys handy, but everything still looks neat and tidy. Shelving can be used to display collectibles, photos and other attractive items, but itís very easy to add decorative boxes or bins to hide other items that arenít so eye-catching. Nearly everyone can use extra storage and display space in the family room, so here are some tips on adding function and style with family room shelving.


Beautiful Bookcases

Bookcases are a wonderful option and since they are freestanding, itís easy to simply set one into place, wherever it is needed. Built-in bookcases give a room a custom look and you can mimic that look by using a pair of matching bookcases to flank an entertainment center or fireplace. Opt for a full-height bookcase instead of a shorter one because it will double your storage and display space without using up any more floor space. However, a shorter bookshelf makes it easy to set up an impromptu ďwallĒ within the family room, providing a space for reading or a mini library.

There are many ways to use a full-height bookcase in a family room. For example, childrenís books, games and toys can be stored on the lowest shelves, while books, collectibles and items used by older children or adults can be stored or displayed on the middle and upper shelves. Use attractive baskets or bins that fit the depth of the shelves to hide away games, video controllers and the like.


Space-Saving Wall Shelves

When floor space is limited, few shelving options are as versatile and effective as wall shelves. You can find them in all sizes and styles, some with more elaborate molded edges while other feature sleek, modern styling. There are many lengths to choose from, depending on your needs and the look you want to create. A long wall shelf is ideal for hanging above a couch and it gives you a great expanse of space for displaying decorative accents. Smaller shelves can be arranged vertically to make the most of wall space while providing a spot to house books, collectibles, candles and decorative accents. One great benefit of wall shelves is that they are out of reach for small children or pets, so they are a safe place to display fragile items or lit candles. Just make sure that you mount the shelves securely into wall studs and use wall anchors that are properly rated for the weight load of the shelves and its contents.


Shelving thatís Built In

Built-in shelving is the most expensive option because it has to be custom built for your particular space. To save space, they can be built directly into a wall, saving precious floor space. They can be built to flank and set off a fireplace of other focal point or you can have corner shelves built to make the most of this typically wasted space.
Fiona Creech writes for Metal-Wall-Art.com and is a specialist in creating unique interiors with rustic metal wall art and turtle wall sculptures.

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