One practical and eye-catching way to make use of a small space is to cover an entire wall, from floor to ceiling, in shelving. Whether you load it up with books, knick knacks or a combination of the two, wall shelving can have great impact while also giving you a place to stow your stuff. After the jump, we've rounded up resources, tips and tricks to pull off this look…Resources:
— We love IKEA's shelving for the affordability and flexibility. For instance, the Stolmen line can be configured to include drawers and a desktop. The Billy
bookcases can be joined together to create a look similar to the home pictured above.
• The Container Store
— Elfa Shelving can come out of the closet! The modular shelving is now being offered in different wood tones and metal finishes, giving more flexibility for placement throughout the home.
• Atlas Industries
— The AS4 Modular Furniture System is handmade from solid steel and solid hardwoods to give it more of a fine furniture appearance than some of the other options.
• Metro Shelving
— For an industrial look, durable Metro Shelving is offered as both wall shelving and standing shelving units.
— Rakks makes shelving that can be installed as wall shelves or with pole brackets for freestanding units.
— British-made Vitsoe shelves are a design classic that have been around for 50 years. As with IKEA's Stolmen, Vitsoe shelving includes drawer and desktop components.
• DIY Plumbing Pipe Shelves
— Head to your local hardware store and grab the supplies to build your own shelves using plumbing pipe. Add a green element by sourcing reclaimed wood for the shelves.
Tips & Tricks
• Measure, sketch & plan — Before ordering your supplies, take the time to measure your space, sketch out a plan and prep the area.
• Go high — We've mentioned it a number of times this week but it bears repeating. Using all the vertical space on a wall will not only give you lots of storage space, it will also make the room appear taller.
• Anchor away — Unless you're up for a home disaster, be certain to anchor the supports of wall shelving.
• Keep it neat — A wall of shelving will need some finessing to keep it from looking messy. If you're planning to store more than books on your shelving, stagger some decorative boxes and containers throughout. These containers can be used for small items to keep clutter contained.
• Go off the wall — If you're in a loft-like space, use a shelving unit as a room divider.
Image: Jon & Tyke's Modern Cabin