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    Six shelving systems for your home

    There’s nothing worse than having a load of clutter lying around the house because you have not invested in enough storage. When we say storage, we are not talking about walk in wardrobes or plastic storage boxes - we are talking about shelving.

    Versatile shelving comes in all shapes and sizes, styles, prices and materials. Let’s take a look at some of the more common types.

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    Bracket or suspension shelving
     
    Perhaps the most common form of shelving, suspension shelving is wall-mounted and consists of the shelf itself, which is attached to the wall by brackets or through vertical standards and brackets. The problem with this kind of shelving is that it is as strong as your wall structure and so may not be able to support heavy objects.

    Ready-made shelves can be easily bought, or you can make your own by sourcing your own wood, which may be a cheaper option, according to https://www.nytimes.com/1996/11/17/nyregion/adding-storage-space-around-the-home-by-installing-shelves.html.

    Floating systems
     
    Similar to suspension shelving, the floating system is attached directly to the wall. However, with the floating system, the brackets are internal and are not visible, giving them the appearance that the shelves are floating.

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    Built in
     
    This is one of the simplest shelving types, where an alcove or existing space, like the space beside a fireplace, is shelved with supports that are screwed to the walls at the sides. These shelves are limited by the width of the space, but they are a great way of utilising awkward areas within the home.

    Corner systems

     
    These systems are great, as they don’t take up a lot of space and they can make use of an otherwise useless area. While the shelf can come in various shapes, it’s normally triangular. Corner shelves can be wall hung or free standing.

    Free standing
     
    These types of shelving systems are great for a whole range of different uses, from garage shelving systems like those at https://www.garage-shelving.co.uk/ to bookcases. They can be moved around with ease and can be placed in any area where there is enough space.

    Hanging shelves
     
    These are used to hang lightweight items and cannot be attached to weaker walls. A metal piece such as a screw or nail is incorporated into the wall and the shelf is then hung off it.

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