Wall shelving units not only provide storage space but also a modern sophisticated way to display artwork, books. photos, collectibles or other items. Depending on the strength and sturdiness of the units, they can be used to hold home office equipment such as computers, fax machines, printers and scanners or store household chemicals, tools and sports equipment. Wall shelving units can be as simple or as attractive as you want as there are many materials and styles available on the market today.
Built-in wall cabinets and shelving can give any room a more dramatic look. Watch how this TV room is transformed in this Rate My Space episode:
Modular wall shelving consists of multiple cubes. shelves or shelving units that can be arranged, connected or interlocked to create a unique storage space. Depending on the shelving system, individual cubes or shelves may be mounted on the wall and fastened together or stacked tower-fashion on the floor. Stackable units allow for easy rearrangement. Multi-shelf units can be placed contiguously to create an entertainment center, mixed bookcase/decor display or anything you want.
If you are looking for wall bookshelves, you are not restricted to bookcases. You can use modular shelving or A-frame or leaning bookcases. For something contemporary and stylish, Crate&Barrel’s Espresso leaning storage systems are all-wood construction with a dark mahogany finish. Bookcases, desks, a media center and even a wine bar can be purchased separately or in combination, and anti-tip, wall mounting and mending hardware are included. For something elegant and distinctive, consider floating glass or wood shelves. These shelves have hidden bracket hanging systems and are sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, The Home Depot and Amazon.
Another alternative to consider is chrome wire shelving units. You can get vinyl shelf liners in a variety of colors or hardwood inserts to add a decorative touch and create a solid shelf surface. They can be purchased from TheShelvingStore.com.
For your garage, you will want industrial-strength heavy-duty wall shelves. Most wall-mounted wire shelving units designed for the garage will hold a maximum of 100 lbs. per linear foot of wall shelf. The open wire construction promotes air circulation and helps reduce mildew and mold. As an alternative to wire systems, you can attach metal shelving brackets to the walls for supporting plywood shelves.