Stack books on top of each other... then on each side, line books up side by side to fill the shelf. Line books up side by side on only have the shelf and place a decorative object to fill the remaining space. Line books up side by side that fill the shelf up and have some really nice looking bookends on each side of the books. Stack some books and place a small picture frame or statuette on top of them Display three stacks of books side by side. Be sure to use a different book arrangement on each shelf for variety. It's OK if you don't have a lot of books. Simply display a couple items on each shelf and leave the open space. Don't forget the top of the shelf. You have the shelves filled and organized... but one of the most neglected area of a book shelf is the very top of it. Don't leave it bare. Place a silk plant and foliage arrangement in the top center.
Steel prefabricated garage shelving is the best choice in this category. You can also purchase plastic shelving, which is OK for light items, but does not work well for storing heavier items. The big disadvantage of steel shelving is that the shelves cannot be cut to size. You are forced to work with standard measurements for depth and length of the shelves. Also, be sure that there are at least two different settings for shelf placement on the frame. The adjusting pins must be heavy-duty and should have something in place to prevent them from working loose or becoming accidentally dislodged.
Start with the bottom most shelf. The largest and heaviest items should go here. Do you have some large heavy books? Or a collection of large books? Or you could slide some really nice woven baskets onto the bottom shelf and have them hold your paperback stash. The point here is that the bottom shelf should have the weight.. both the visual weight and the actual weight. The items you place on this shelf don't necessarily have to be books. Maybe a large vase or urn... or a large globe.
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