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  • We take the time to personalise our homes and make them “just so”. We choose our homes based on our needs and the needs of our families, we even choose the perfect color to paint the walls and match our throw pillows to. Why then, are we settling for “off the shelf” shelving systems that are designed for any home, not your own?

    Choosing a pre-made shelving system will give you a place to store your things, but it won’t fit your room or suit your tastes for that matter. With a pre-made shelving system, you are at the mercy of the designer and it the shelf itself is too large, or too small, for your space, it could throw off the symmetry of the room and become the main focal point instead of that beautiful painting or curved LED TV.

    Now let’s imagine that you purchased a bespoke shelving system for your room. Everything fits, the shelving system blends naturally with your room and your décor and it is not distracting to you or your guests. A customised shelving system won’t take over as the central focal point of your room either. That is, unless you want it to.

    With a customised shelving system, you can design it to be whatever shape, style or size you need and it will be crafted to your specifications, not a shelving designer that has never even seen the inside of your home. Yes, choosing a customised shelving system for your home has many benefits and very few, if any, drawbacks.

    Choose the material, choose the color, choose the design; choose customised shelving for your home and open up a whole new world of design possibilities. No longer are you constrained by the shelving you currently have and no longer do you need to settle for what the big box stores offer. You can have customised shelving in your home today; contact Top Shelf UK today and see what they have in store for you.

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    The warm days of summer are here and it’s time to head to the beach with your favorite book. If only you could find it, you will be on your way. Could it be in the pile upstairs? Maybe it’s downstairs in the family room, or maybe even on the stairs themselves? Wherever your books are, they aren’t where they should be if you aren’t using proper shelving systems from Top Shelf UK. Your books needs to be organised, and not just so you can find them easier, but because organising your books and storing them neatly on a shelf in your home will ensure they last longer, receive much less damage from children and pets and even lend to your home’s design aesthetics.

    What’s the first step in organising your books using a shelving system? First, you need to know what you are looking for in a shelving system. With so many available, it can be a difficult task to find the right one, but it’s not impossible.

    Whether you like a modern, space-age look, or something more contemporary, choosing just the right shelf is as important as the books you put on it. Shelves have become much more versatile and manufacturers are offering a variety of different styles, colors, shapes and sizes to help homeowners find the one that suits their needs.

    This variety in shelving systems also gives you more design options and will enable you to update a tired room and make it show off your own personal sense of style and character. Rather than repainting a room or changing your furniture to update it, you can change your shelving system or the items you place on the shelves to make your room look alive again.

    Choose a natural color to bring a bit of the outdoors in, or choose something more eclectic and fanciful that will add a touch of color to your space. With today’s shelving systems, there is no limit to the design or functionality of the humble shelf.

    So get started today! Find a shelving system that suits your needs and your home’s style, load it up with all of your favorite books and never search for your favorite book again. A place for everything and everything in its place!

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    Floating shelves. You may have heard this term used on your favourite home design programme on television or at your local home improvement centre, and you may not know exactly what they mean. A floating shelf is a shelf that is designed to appear as if it were attached to the wall without using any brackets or braces. Floating shelves are strong, lightweight and can hold a wide range of objects from books and nick knacks, to family photos and anything else you want on display in your home. They can also give a room a clean, symmetrical look using modern design stylings.

    Most floating shelves are made out of lightweight MDF while some companies are offering solid wood shelving for increase strength. The shelves are mounted to the wall using concealed shelf supports which fit precisely into the hollow opening of the shelving material.

    Hanging floating shelves is relatively easy and doesn’t take much skill at all. Simply mark the wall where you want the shelf, locate the fixing holes in the shelf supports and pre-drill 10mm diameter holes at those points. Next, knock in the wall plugs finishing flush with the wall and screw in the concealed shelf supports.

    Then all you have to do is place the floating shelf over the shelf supports, making sure that it fits snugly. The tilt of the shelf can be adjusted by turning the shelf support arms. This pushes against the back plate and allows to tilt up and down as required. Once adjusted as necessary and you are ready to fit the shelf, apply clear silicon to the inside bottom of the hollow shelf and mount the shelf. It’s that easy and the result is a beautiful shelving systems that looks like it’s actually floating on your wall, thus the term “floating shelf”.

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