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Fixin’ It Up with Wall Shelves

Last month I was able to achieve one of my biggest goals in life – I finally joined the ranks of so many proud Americans and became a homeowner. It took a long time to save enough money to be able to responsibly afford a nice home here in Southern California (definitely did not want to end up like so many of my fellow citizens and go underwater on my mortgage), but now that I finally was able to pull the trigger on my home I could not be more excited.

One reason I had grown tired of bouncing from apartment to apartment was simply that – I was tired of gathering all of my stuff up and piling it into a moving van year after year. The life of an apartment dweller can be pretty exhausting, especially dealing with rent increases. Another reason I am really glad to not have to answer to a management company, which almost always has ulterior motives and is just looking to get as much money out of me as possible. Similar to being your own boss, I can finally say that I am my own landlord.

But despite these nice conveniences of being a homeowner, the biggest reason I wanted to buy my own home is that I am a bit of a fixer-upper nut. I love being out in the yard or on the roof fixing up my home or giving it an added modification. With an apartment, if you so much as paint some trim or baseboards, you undoubtedly are headed down the road towards a vanished security deposit.

One of the first improvements I made to my home was increasing the storage and display space around the home. As a first-time home buyer I went the fixer-upper route and saved myself some money. Unfortunately this means the house is also as bare bones as it gets. Adding wall shelves to my home was the first step I took to add storage and display space to the walls. With a variety of materials and sizes available, I really went to town throughout the house.

My next few posts will deal specifically with the new improvements I made on my fixer-upper home and maybe you can learn a thing or two from my experience!

Corner Wall Shelves for Every Occasion

Today we have a guest blog from one of my good friends, who I have known since middle school and has a home-storage dilemma on his hands:

Unfortunately for me and my ever-fading sanity, I have been living in a tiny studio apartment for the last 3 years. I would love to make an upgrade to a one-bedroom but unfortunately that is a little bit out of my price range for the time being. What makes living in a cramped studio apartment so frustrating for me is that I barely have enough space for all of my belongings, which I have been lugging around with me for the last five years or so.

Because the apartment I live in is just so small and I am so lacking in appropriate closet space, in order to keep my things from piling up on the floors around me, I have to use wall shelves for storage.  The problem with this solution is that now that I have been using this method for a couple of months, I have run out of space along my walls for more shelves. There are shelves on literally lining the entire perimeter of my studio apartment. I spent the last weekend finding some solutions for how to add even more storage and display space to the apartment.

I am sure you are thinking the answer is obvious – “Just get a shelving unit, man!” But what you may not realize is that there is just no more floor space left in my 300 square foot for a bulky shelving unit.

After hours of scouring home-improvement sites and clutter-reducing blogs, I finally came across the perfect solution to adding more storage to my tiny studio apartment without: adding wall mounted corner shelves to the room! These shelves are perfect because they utilize the only space along my walls that has not yet been filled with wall storage shelves. Now I am able to store all of my belongings along wall shelves.

Corner Wall Shelf

The solution to all of your home-storage problems??

Organizing the Bathroom with Wall Shelves

My newly-organized bathroom.

As a college student and as a post-graduate that lived with a multitude of roommates, it took a lot of work to make the small space usable and comfortable for all of us. Organizing the  smaller-than usual bathrooms that we shared was quiet a trying task, especially considering how many of us there were. Add in the fact that I was living with some of the messiest people I know, and that is a recipe for a disaster-area-esque bathroom.

The first apartment I shared with roommates was a two bedroom that was shared by four college students. As you can imagine the 1000 square foot apartment was barely large enough to contain us, let alone all of our junk. The hardest hit room was definitely the bathroom, which looked like a scene out of a third-world country.

So when our lease was finally up and it came time to find a new apartment, I dropped those roommates like they were hot and found some new roomies that were hopefully a little bit cleaner (by the way, my ex-roommates were great guys, just terribly messy). I wanted to be able to bring a date back to the apartment without having to explain that a bear had made its way into our apartment, and that is why there is garbage and clothing strewn about the entire place (it is a pretty tough line to sell, let me tell you that).

Another step I took to ensure that the new apartment looked great was to install bathroom wall shelves, keeping each roommate’s towels and toiletries and other bathroom items organized and easily separated. Of course other steps throughout the house had to be taken as well, but I felt like finally getting the bathroom organized was the first step in having a clean home.

After just six months of living in a non-garbage-dump apartment, and I actually was able to get dates (and more importantly, keep them). Turns out the girl that I ended up marrying was one of the first people that I took into my new apartment, it is a good thing that I had learned to keep it clean!

Glass Cable Shelves For Storage Or Display

For space saving storage with a streamlined look nothing beats a wall mounted glass shelf. With a compact design these shelves can be used throughout the home for everything from storage to display space. A glass shelf has a floating look that visually takes up less space, so it works well in a contemporary or smaller space such as a bathroom.
Corner space is one way to make the most of unused space in any room. The Corner Clip Shelf – Glass- 12″ x 12″ or the Corner Clip Shelf – Glass – 10″ x 10″offers a unique display space for a small sculpture or vase. Use them together stacked in a corner for added visual interest in the living room. These shelves would also make a nice addition to the dining room.

Corner Clip Shelf

Corner Clip Shelf

A wall shelf can be a useful addition to the bathroom, providing storage and display space. Perfect for a compact bathroom that doesn’t have any free floor space to add a cabinet, a wall shelf placed by the sink is just the right place to keep toiletries. The Glass Shelf w/ Cable Mounting Clips, 10″W x 36″Lhas a large shelf surface area so it offers plenty of storage space. The wire mounting gives this shelf a modern, heavy duty touch.

Rectangular Cable Shelf by Expo Design Inc

Rectangular Cable Shelf by Expo Design Inc

The Semi-Circle Glass Shelf Kitis the best of both worlds, providing a large open shelf space with a convenient design. The half circle shape is great for confined spaces in areas where a shelf with corners might get run into.

Semi-Circle Glass Shelf Kit

Semi-Circle Glass Shelf Kit

There is always more storage space to find in rooms big and small. From bathroom storage to living room display space, you’ll be surprised just how many rooms in your home would benefit from a stylish glass wall shelf!

Shelves for a Media Library

The living room doesn’t have to be an overly casual space in order for it to be relaxing. There are many ways to create a comfortable, cozy feel. Adding the right shelving can help create a chic, stately library look in the living room while adding storage as well. Whether you choose to fill the walls with floor to ceiling bookcases or add a single cabinet, bookshelves bring a classic look home.

large media cabinet with sliding doors

large media cabinet with sliding doors

For large or medium sized living rooms lining the walls with bookshelves is one way to create a cozy, study like feel. Don’t be afraid to place other pieces of furniture like couches or media centers in front of them, this layering can give the shelves a more permanent look. Filling the shelves with books turns the living room into a library as well. Don’t feel limited to using shelves for storing books, they can also be a great place to store a movie or music collection. Fill in unused space with family photographs, vases or anything else you want to display.

Have a smaller space or don’t want to commit to a full on library look? Choose lowering shelving that only covers half the wall and use it to surround the room or line a single wall. The large media cabinet with sliding doors is a great option for smaller spaces. The sliding doors mean you don’t have swing out doors that can get in the way and the height is just right for displaying a collection without shelving taking over a smaller room. A cabinet designed for storing movies or music, but with traditional style is a great way to make the living room feel like a study.

Shelving doesn’t have to be traditional, opt for modular bookcases with clean lines for an updated look. Variously sized compartments are an easy way to add visual interest and display favorite objects in a modern way. No matter your living room style, shelving can help make it personal by perfectly displaying your favorite collection.

Streamline Your Space With A Semi-Circle Glass Wall Shelf

Using pieces that have modern style and storage is an easy way to streamline any space. Many traditional display options tend to feature molding and a more elaborate, traditional design. Opting for a sleeker design is a good way to create an updated look for displaying any collection.

For a modern design look for pieces made of glass or metal with a shiny finish. Clean lines allow what is being displayed to take center stage, so the piece can act as a frame. Glass is also a good way to allow pieces to be seen from almost every angle.

semi-circle glass wall shelf

semi-circle glass wall shelf

Create a unique look anywhere in your home with the semi-circle glass wall shelf. With little showing hardware, this shelf has a floating effect that gives it an extra modern touch. Easy install and durable design allows this piece to be moved throughout the home so you can use it anywhere. Create visual interest by using a few of these shelves in a stacked or layered pattern on one wall.

Turn the traditional display hutch on it’s head by choosing a modern piece that presents any collection in style. Consider a modern shelf as another way to store a collection that doesn’t need to be protected from dust. A bookcase with shelves or cubbies that vary in size allow them to have individual slots so it looks like custom shelving. A TV stand with built in shelving is a great way to incorporate favorite photographs or other items into your living room.

Choosing a contemporary display option allows your favorite pieces to be the focus, while the case blends stylishly into the background and in with your decor. For a bolder look, modern wood shelving is another great option that can create a unique look with unexpected shapes. With so many options, it’s easy to find a piece perfect for any home or any space!

Create Bathroom Storage With A Bathroom Etagere

Ah, the simple joys of living in a pre-World War Two building. The building I reside in has a gorgeous design, amazing hardwood floors throughout each apartment, ornate interior design on the ceilings and wall, plus terrible plumbing and non-existent storage throughout the apartment. Yes, though many of us love the architectural styles of older buildings, there are a few characteristics I surely wish I could travel back in time to fix.

steel 3 shelf bathroom etagere with glass shelves

steel 3 shelf bathroom etagere with glass shelves

My bathroom consists of a single toilet, a stand-alone shower and… well, that’s about it. Oh, my apologies, there is a medicine cabinet too.
But, where does a man like myself store all the extra toilet paper, all the hand soap, all the hand towels, or even some art to liven up the room? I was surely at a loss, and for a short time I just kept all my bathroom supplies in the tiny hall closet (A big problem if you unexpectedly run out of toilet paper).
Luckily for me, my neighbor suggested I take a look at StacksandStacks.com because they have lots of over the toilet étagères and other alternative bathroom storage options.  I was not completely sure what an étagère is, but I trusted her information anyways.
I logged on and discovered what would be the end of my bathroom storage conundrum. The sturdy steel 3 shelf bathroom étagère with glass shelves was the perfect space saving shelving unit for my cramped bathroom.
As I easily installed this over-the-toilet shelf system, I was impressed with the wall fasteners and their ease of installation. Living in Los Angeles, you always have to be weary of items that cannot be fastened down. That alertness goes double for the bathroom; there is nothing worse than tumbling glass shelves falling while you are on the john. It is a fate worse than death.
The stunning glass shelves added a contemporary style to my bathroom, which to say the least, was lacking any style.
So now I enjoy my classic abode, and have all the storage I could ever dream of. Thanks, neighbor!

Review: Ellipse 4 Tier Glass Shelf

By Dale Baily

Here’s a great tip for keeping your bathroom clean and tidy, as well as looking terrific!  Think about adding an etagere!

They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are made of wood, some plastic, some are even made of metal. But my favorite, and in my personal opinion, the best looking one, has got to be the one that is built out of glass and metal.

Ellipse 4 Tier Shelf

Ellipse 4 Tier Shelf

I purchased the ellipse 4 tier glass shelf and transformed my plain jane bathroom onto a deluxe, fancy bathroom that reminds me of staying in a hotel. It looks great holding towels and soap. And it looks great as well when you put towels in it.

What is also pretty terrific about having an etagere in the bathroom is the easy way you can just grab what you need and it is right there.  You don’t need to go into a drawer or closet to find what you are looking for.  It is all literally right there.

There are also easy to clean, and that is a nice benefit, because all that glass seems like it would be difficult to keep looking its best, but no, in fact it is extremely easy to clean.

My wife really likes the way the silver frame looks.  It is a little bit futuristic to me, but she says it looks European. Our guests comment on it as well, saying things like they like it, and where did we get it.  It’s nice to have fancy things that people like, and people seem to really like our etagere.

So that is my tip: if you want to make your bathroom just great looking, and also really easy to clean and organize, make sure you get an etagere. I found a great one I love at Stacks and Stacks.

You can too.

Review: Rectangular Glass Shelf Kit – Wall Mounted

Decorating with a wall mounted glass wall shelf if a great way to create storage or display space without compromising on style. The glass design creates an uncluttered, floating look. This makes it a great addition to a smaller space like a bathroom where you need streamlined storage. Though featuring a modern design, it’s easy to pair sleek glass with more traditional décor.

Rectangular Glass Shelf Kit

Rectangular Glass Shelf Kit

Looking for extra storage space for toiletries or bath towels? Try a shelf like the Rectangular Glass Shelf Kit – Wall Mounted that gives you easy access to everyday essentials. By placing it up high on the wall inside the shower opposite the shower head you can store shampoo or towels in a very convenient place where everything can stay dry. Simply roll up some fresh towels and stack them on top so they’re ready to grab after your next shower!

Creating interesting and easy to use storage in the kitchen can be a challenge. Cabinets can limit wall space and free areas often require shallow shelving that doesn’t get in the way. A narrow glass shelf can be placed beneath a cabinet or on an empty wall to store cooking tools or spices. Use it to display your collection of coffee mugs in an easy to reach place.

Buy multiple rectangular glass shelf kits and stack them one on top of another to create all the custom storage you need. Try arranging them at different levels in a staggered pattern to create a focal point. Using wall shelves to display framed photos or a collection of vases is a versatile option. Since you don’t need to a hook in the wall it’s easy to change the arrangement. Create a custom arrangement large enough to fill a living room wall or compact enough to provide storage in an entryway. Find them at Stacks and Stacks!

A Collector’s Dream Shelf

By Kathy Wilkes

Here’s a fun suggestion for everyone today, a fun new way to display! Have you ever considered wall shelves to show off your collection of bean pals, Smurfs, or antique bottles? Whatever your collection is, I have a perfect way to show them off!

As for me, I love ceramic miniatures.  I collect them at swap meets, estate sales, and even ebay.  You can be sure I’ve amassed a million wonderful hand-crafted ceramic miniature pieces.  Ducks, cars, sheep, everything you can imagine! I even have an Eiffel Tower!

Well, I already have a well-stocked and meticulously lit display cabinet for my treasures, but I thought “wouldn’t it be neat to display them all over the house?”, if that was at all possible.  It turns out, with the assistance of some terrific glass clip shelves, I could display my collection in every room of the house!  The kitchen, bedrooms, atrium, great room, and even the hallways!

Glass Clip Shelves

Glass Clip Shelves

The glass clip shelves were a godsend, honestly. They are so durable and easy to install. I could do it myself, and I’m really not good at building things. Once they’re up on your walls, you’ll be amazed. They look so good, with frosted chrome connectors and crisp, clear glass.  Well, I wasted no time, carefully placed my favorite ceramic miniature pieces atop those glass shelves, and viola: my collection is on view in every room.

These shelves don’t need to be used just for display, now that I think about it. They can be used for picture frames, flowers, even bath towels!  Really, I guess only the limits of your imagination can limit the uses for these great glass wall shelves.

I purchased terrific glass wall shelves at Stacks and Stacks, placed my favorite collection proudly upon them, and improved the look of my home.

You can too.