What is a floating shelf?
A floating shelf is a shelf or shelves that do not have any supports such as legs stemming from the ground. Instead, they are built or anchored into the wall which gives them a “floating” appearance.
Here’s a photo example:
What are the benefits of floating shelves?
- Appearance: This is personal choice, but to many people the floating shelf is an attractive form of shelving.
- Saves space: Because it doesn’t take up floor-space or have a footprint, these shelves can provide additional storage that traditional shelving can’t.
- Flexibility: You can place these shelves seemingly anywhere. The can be placed above furniture, in the bathroom (where standing shelves are usually impossible), the garage – in a nutshell they are ideal when the space below is occupied.
- Cost: Because they are made up of far fewer materials than traditional shelving, they are relatively inexpensive.