What is bullnose shelving?

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What is bullnose shelving?
A bull's rounded nose is the source of the name. (Visage/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Bullnose shelving is shelving with a bullnose profile. A bullnose profile means a rounded edge. As well as wooden bullnose shelving, the edge profile edge can also be applied to other materials, such as plastic and metal.

Different types

As well as full bullnose, which is semi-circular in profile, there is also half profile -- or single bullnose -- which has one rounded edge and one straight edge. Dupont bullnose has a full bullnose edge set slightly lower than the top surface of the shelf.


Bullnose timber is very popular and manufactured in large quantities. For bullnose wood, a machine like a giant router -- fed by a conveyor belt -- adds the bullnose finish to straight-edged timber. You can replicate the finish on a smaller scale with a bull nose bit, like the one sold by Rutlands.

Safety aspects

Bullnose shelving is potential safer than shelving made with straight-edged timber. This is because straight-edged timber has two sharp ninety-degree corners at the front, which could lead to accidents. This is especially so where it juts out from a wall in a confined space. Full bullnose shelving, on the other hand, has no sharp edges at the front.


The rounded profile of a bullnose shelf is arguably more aesthetically appealing than its straight-edged counterpart. It can be seen as a softer, more subtle profile. Especially in a room dominated by straight lines, bullnose shelving can provide a useful contrast.

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