Flat panel TVs have changed the way people watch television. It is now possible to mount a 50-inch-plus screen on the wall and have a great picture that brings the show or movie to life. One of the disadvantages of this, though, is that entertainment centres that sit on the floor rarely work well for storing components like DVD players and cable boxes. Wall-mounted shelves work well for storing these components, and there is a selection to choose from for a variety of tastes and preferences.
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A wall-mount shelf on a rail system is easy to install and is adjustable so you can change it with your changing needs. The rails are installed by screwing them into the drywall using drywall anchors, or anchoring the rails to the wall studs with screws. The shelf holders simply click into place in the notches and the shelves go on top of the shelf holders. This system is available at many home improvement stores.
A floating shelf is basically a 2-inch-wide hollow box with the back panel missing. You measure the hollow space of the shelf, cut a board that will fit tightly inside the hollow portion of the shelf and mount that board to the wall. This board is the real support for the shelf, so it must be anchored using drywall anchors or by screwing directly into the wall framing. The hollow back of the shelf is then inserted into the board and screwed from the top of the shelf into the board, giving the shelf a floating appearance. This type of shelving is typically custom made, but if you want a modern design, this is a great way to hold your DVD player and other components.
For the ultimate in sleek and industrial design, wall-mounted shelves with fronts that are supported by cables will add interest and be extremely durable. The cables are mounted vertically on the ceiling and floor, going through the front corners of the shelves. Once mounted to the wall, each shelf has a sleeve that is attached to the cable and supports the weight of the components on the shelf. These types of shelves will be able to carry extra weight because they are anchored to the ceiling and floor, distributing the weight across the entire cable rather than just at the connection points. Shelves often are made of glass.
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