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Choosing The Best Slatwall Shelf Brackets

By Filiberto Peltier

Slatwall shelves seem to defy gravity, allowing whatever is on them to appear to float in mid-air. While glass shelves can’t hold a lot, they attractively enhance everything that you display on them. Slatwall shelving is often associated with bathrooms, and there’s nothing incorrect with that, but why not really consider them for other rooms in your home too? Slatwall shelves in the kitchen with jars of beans or candied fruit are a good way to spruce up an unused corner or area above the door. Likewise, a set of Slatwall shelves with family pictures in the den gives you added display space without making the room feel too enclosed.

In order to maximize the beauty of Slatwall shelves, make sure you use appropriate supports for them. Slatwall shelf brackets are specifically designed for the purpose, enhancing the elegance of the shelves themselves. Don’t use Slatwall shelf brackets for other types of shelves unless their use is plainly specified in the mounting instructions. Brackets approved for glass shelving tend to be lighter, much more delicate and, in some cases, purposely smaller than other types of brackets. A large metal bracket might blissfully overshadow and weigh down a glass shelf, causing it to look unbalanced and needlessly deep. It’s also wasted on a glass shelf, since larger brackets are designed to hold much more weight, which always isn’t an issue with shelves designed for display rather than storage.

The smallest Slatwall shelf brackets are rails or clips. These brackets barely stick out from the wall, and numerous of them are made from chrome, so that they shine like glass and naturally blend with the shelf that they are supporting. First they’re mounted on the wall, and then the shelves are fitted onto them. Instead of screws that go through the glass shelf in order to hold it in place, they’ve specially designed screws with a blunt end that pushes down and grips the shelf in place. They are also rated for weight too as the thickness of the glass that they’re designed for. Rails and clips are actually only good for Slatwall shelves holding the lightest of items. They are not really designed to support any type of serious weight.

If you’re interested in putting heavier objects on Slatwall shelves and you’re worried about sagging, you would be better off with standard glass brackets. These are more traditionally designed brackets that extend out fully from the wall to support the shelf. They differ from ordinary wooden shelf brackets in that they’re always longer than the shelf’s width.

They’re built with a raised foot on the end or an extended lip that holds the glass shelf in place. Since glass slides on metal very easily this is important so that the shelf won’t slide off. The variety of Slatwall shelf brackets open in the market is extensive. Pick brackets that match your decor, your budget, and most importantly, the support needs of your Slatwall shelves.

The author has written more about wood corner wall shelf and wood wall shelf on his site, check them out: wood corner wall shelf and http://www.woodwallshelf.org/heavy-duty-shelf-brackets/.

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Peltier, Filiberto "Choosing The Best Slatwall Shelf Brackets." Choosing The Best Slatwall Shelf Brackets. 24 Jun. 2010. uberarticles.com. 25 Aug 2014 <http://uberarticles.com/home-and-family/choosing-the-best-slatwall-shelf-brackets/>.

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