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Shelf Bracket

A shelf bracket may be floating, decorative, or folding, but it always has the same practical appeal.

Whether you have just moved in to your new home or you are looking for ways to improve the look of your apartment, you might want to consider installing a shelf bracket or two. Shelves are an indispensable part of the home. It is where you store your books, magazines, papers, photographs and other trinkets that you may want to display. Shelves can be purchased in stores but if you have quite a knack for carpentry then you can also create your own shelves. No matter what types of shelves you plan to install in your home, it’s important to get a shelving bracket as well that can lend support to your shelves.

If it’s practicality you’re after then you might want to get those plain L-shaped shelf brackets that are sold in most hardware stores. They are also very easy to install. All you have to do is screw as many as necessary on the wall and then put your wall shelves on top of them. However, if you are like most homeowners who want to combine functionality and decorative appeal when it comes to decorating their homes then there are also many designs of brackets that you can choose from. Most commonly, these decorative shelf brackets are made of iron and are welded in various shapes like scrolls, leaves and flowers. Not only are these shelf brackets durable and will provide the needed support for your shelves but they will also give your apartment a look of subtle elegance.

Aside from an iron shelf bracket, there are also other materials that you can consider when shopping for decorative brackets. Some are made of wood, some are made from plastic and some are even made from ceramic. There are also glass shelf brackets that are very popular, some of which are floating or adjustable.

When opting for decorative brackets, it’s important to remember that some kinds of shelf bracket are made for sole decorative purposes only and not to provide real support for shelves. So if you want function and style, be sure to choose attractive brackets that are also as durable as iron or metal ones. This doesn’t mean that decorative brackets are completely useless. You can also use them to support shelves that will contain no more than a flower vase, a couple of framed photographs or a candle or two.

Once you have chosen the right shelf bracket for your home, the next step would be to install them. If you know your way around power tools then installation will probably be a piece of cake for you. However, you can also use simple hand tools such as a screwdriver, a drill, a measuring tape and a couple of other items. If you are not sure how to install your shelf brackets, then it’s a better idea to just call your trusted handyman or hire a carpenter to do it. This will ensure that your shelves are installed securely. The last thing you want is to have your shelves crash down, destroying all your belongings and possibly hurting someone. Shelf brackets are available in your local home improvement stores as well as online retail shops.