Wall to wall storage solutions

There are many ways of putting shelves on walls. Once you forget the idea that they must all be the same length and run in neat vertical rows, you can start to see their full possibilities.

Shelving brackets are infinitely adaptable: a few sizes take care of all conceivable requirements. That leaves you free to place shelves in exactly the arrangement which suits your plans. Make the most of the opportunity by giving those plans a bit of thought.

Ornaments may be very different sizes, so a symmetrical arrangement isn’t always the best option. One thing in particular – a plant, say – may suggest itself as a focal point; perhaps you can position it off-centre to make its impact more striking.

A complete system

The shelving arrangement shown here illustrates all these points. A blank wall provides the opportunity. Because the wall next to it slopes, it’s not the ideal place for fitted cupboards, or even for separate freestanding shelving units. Instead, an arrangement of individual shelves makes full use of the scope offered. Books, not likely to be consulted all that often, reach to the ceiling, and are neatly stored together at one side. Records, which are heavy, go on the base – a long shelf which is simply laid on the floor; but the stereo deck itself is at a convenient height. The focus of the whole wall is the mirror. It’s not very big, and it’s not really positioned for looking into, but it draws the eye because it’s off-centre and contrasts with the horizontal lines of the shelving. So it’s the natural point around which to arrange ornaments.

The smaller shelves are 230mm (9in) wide and the bigger ones 380mm (15in). All are made of 19mm (3Ain) thick chipboard, bought ready-cut to width and with a teak veneer on the faces and front edge.

All the supports are brackets, simply screwed to the wall (the system isn’t adjustable). The shelves holding the stereo deck and the cassette player are wide and yet close together; so the lower arms of their brackets are longer than the distance between them. To cope with this, notches have been cut out so each bracket can project past the shelf below.

Because the upright pieces don’t support the structure, they’re just attached to the shelves with small plastic connecting blocks. ~T~I

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