Behold, The Glory Of The Up-High Shelf

Behold, The Glory Of The Up-High Shelf

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Alison Gerber
Sep 26, 2014
(Image credit: Kai)

Look at that shelf, hiding away up there in the corner of a room. Think of the dust bunnies! Who in their right mind would hang anything so high? A genius, that's who. The up-high shelf is awesome, especially for kids' rooms — let me tell you why:

1. It can add architectural interest. A boring rectangular box of a room is boring no more, when you run a high shelf across it's full length — especially a floating shelf, tricking you into thinking it's a built in feature.

2. No kid is ever going to get up there. My kids don't climb, they never have. But we've had guests over who do. Wouldn't it be nice, parents of mountain-goat-children, to have a shelf that doesn't automatically become a rung of a ladder? Which takes me to my third point...

3. Finally: you can store things up there away from tiny hands. And let's face it, as children grow, there are less and less places like this in your home. What would you store there? Well. for starters, quite a few Apartment Therapy parents display their old toys in their children's rooms. Often they are just for show, rather than for play. Here's the perfect place to put them. Other ideas include: toys for older kids, for when they come to visit, books that are too old now but will be perfect in a year's time, memorabilia that is precious or too delicate for little fingers.

What do you think, are you with me on the up-high shelf? Or does the potential up-high dusting make it a no-no in your place?

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