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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 14:25

Easy shelf ideas that you can DIY

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Shelves are an excellent way to add more storage to any room in a home, plus you can make up shelves that match your existing style of decor.

Shelves, whether shelves mounted on brackets or floating shelves, offer a place to store or display items without taking up valuable floor space, making them ideal for small homes. Shelves take up very little space but can be used to store plenty.

Here on Home-Dzine we offer plenty of DIY shelf ideas but you might be interested in an easy way to make your own chunky wood floating shelves, or use MDF and Contact self-adhesive to make unique chunky floating shelves.

There are various methods for mounting floating shelves to the wall, and you can choose the method that works best for you.

Shelves mounted on brackets can be just as appealing as floating shelves if you shop around for unique brackets, or brackets that complement your existing decor.

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