On Friday we left off with my sad little shelving fail in the studio. As a reader pointed out, it is those awful shelf brackets that make it look so terrible. After a quick brainstorming session I came up with a ton of new options for the top half of the wall:
- Custom-built shelving unit like my inspiration. This would be hung on the wall by several holes near the top of the frame. $200
- Container Store Elfa closet shelving which could theoretically be left after move-out. Adjustable shelves. Could have shelves of different depths. $235 minimum.
- Ikea Besta cabinets in white. They can be hung from the wall. $140 – $180
- Different store-bought shelving with prettier brackets.
- Sturdy floating shelves like these. This was suggested in the post comments
Here’s the verdict on all the choices:
The Container Store shelving was eliminated when I realized that it couldn’t be hung at the top of the wall because of the A/C vent and that bend in the wall. Since a basic setup with 2 shelves would end up costing $235 (the stuff adds up) I wasn’t too sad to eliminate it.
Custom built shelving like Kim’s – while I love it, I realized I would like to do something easier and faster, because I really need to focus on preparing for the fall and winter shows.
Floating shelves. I love the shelves from Desert Domicile, and their construction looks sturdy. Not sure how well it would work going across 10 feet of wall. Also, they are 4″ thick, and I fear that would take up too much space on an already short wall. I’d like every inch possible to go for storage.
Also, after I had thought about all of the different options, I realized two key parts:
- I want the flexibility of adjustable shelves, in case my storage needs change
- I was shying away from drilling more holes in the wall for anchors, since I already did a ton for that shelving fail and would have to patch it.
Are you ready for my solution?
I decided to buy white Besta cabinets at IKEA, and set them on top of the existing unit. I already know they fit perfectly because the base is made of them, and they have the option to add drawers or doors down the road if I want.
I am honestly not sure how it will look, and if I hate it I’ll return them. But I found a few examples of built-in shelving hacks done with Besta, and I like what I’ve seen so far.
I hope to get them set up and photographed so I can share them with you by Wednesday. We’ll see what happens!
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