Best Shelving Design Ideas
Alcove and cupboard shelves are almost always fixed at the sides. The simplest method is to support them on wood or angled metal battens screwed into place. An adjustable system, in which the shelves rest on small pegs or studs pushed or slotted into holes made at regular intervals in each side, is fairly easy to install. Alternatively, the pegs may be hooked into a continuous metal strip, often called postcase strip. Two supports are usually required for each side.
Whichever method you decide to use, it is essential to attach the supports with fixings that are appropriate to the construction of your wall. General-purpose plastic plugs are fine for solid walls made from brick or concrete but stud partition walls (made from a wooden framework covered with plasterboard) and cavity walls (consisting of hollow bricks or blocks) require special anchors or toggles.
Storage was traditionally made from solid wood, but as this is no longer cost-effective, a good alternative is to make it from manufactured boards such as medium-density fibreboard (MDF). Here, the drawers are fashioned from plain MDF, while the cupboard front and door consist of sheets that have been routed to resemble tongue-and-groove boards.
Buying fitted cupboards is not always the answer to kitchen storage problems. If you prefer leaving crockery and utensils on view, and are sure that they will be used often enough to keep them dust free, a mix of shelving and baskets is both practical and charming.
The thickness of your shelving material and the distance between the supports, or span, determine its load-bearing capacity. If you plan to use your shelves to store anything heavier than lightweight ornaments or glassware, they should obviously be able to take the strain.