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Do you need storage in your room but don't have much space? There is a solution: wall shelves ! As a bookcase, storage for accessories or shoes but also to replace a bedside table, they have several uses in a bedroom.
But before installing them, it is necessary to know the errors to avoid. A quick overview of the 5 most common mistakes that are made when installing shelves in a room.
Mistake # 1: Ignoring the type of fixation
Each shelf is different. Depending on its weight and the composition of your walls, you will need to choose the appropriate fixing. A well fixed shelf is a shelf that can support a minimum of weight without damaging the wall. Among the deteriorations to be noted: crumbling wall, too large hole, etc.
Often with wall shelves, you will find a set of screws. This does not mean that it is the system to use. For example, if you have a plaster wall, you must use so-called Molly dowels which have the particularity of being deployed in the wall.
For fixing in a concrete wall, expansion plugs (which will rest on the edges of the drilled hole for better anchoring) are particularly suitable.
Mistake 2: Overloading the wall shelves
Wall shelves are less solid than traditional shelves, because of their fixing system. It is therefore imperative not to overload them.
Even if you properly fix your wall shelves, they may not be able to support the weight of an encyclopedia or marble sculpture.
When purchasing your wall shelves, make sure you know the maximum weight supported by the installation. This information is usually written on the packaging. This will prevent you from damaging your walls, but also from seeing your wall shelves fall.
Mistake # 3: Randomly placing wall shelves
One of the major advantages ofa wall shelf is that it can be placed where it is impossible to have a piece of furniture.
However, a wall shelf cannot be placed anywhere! Make sure it does not block the opening of the door or window. Also pay attention to the place of passage and the seats, it would be a shame to bump or drop the contents of the shelf.
Also think about the use you will make of your wall shelves. Do they serve as bedside tables? Shelves where to put decorative objects? Do they allow you to store useful everyday accessories?
A wall shelf on which everyday objects will be stored must be easy to access, without having to climb on a chair or a stepladder to reach its content. For a more decorative shelf, you can vary the heights aesthetically, in order to decorate a wall.
Mistake # 4: Do not tune wall shelves
Even if they are discreet, wall shelves remain visible. They must therefore be coordinated or matched to the decor of your bedroom, in order to be in perfect harmony with the rest of the room.
You can put wall shelves of the same wood or the same color as your furniture. You can also choose a shade that will be in harmony with your decorative elements or those that will take place on the shelf.
On the form side, we put on basics: Scandinavian wooden shelves, or more graphic shapes like geometric shelves. No need to place worked wall shelves that will be real dust nests, with several platforms for example, or a complicated material to clean.
Mistake 5: Do not maintain your wall shelves
Many are abandoned wall shelves where the dust has collected. A wall shelf must be maintained. So remember to dust it regularly and clean all the items placed on this shelf.
If you have chosen wooden shelves, wax them at the same frequency as your furniture so that the colors change at the same rate. If you have opted for glass or metal shelves, clean them regularly with a suitable cleaning product. Every year, it is recommended to empty the wall shelves and check the fixings. This avoids many inconveniences, and also to check that your wall is not damaged.