Increasingly, wall and floor shelves are used for kitchen interiors, replacing kitchen drawers. They are more compact and easy to install. In addition, unlike bulky boxes, wall shelves do not clutter up the kitchen space, keep the size of the room and allow you to create fresh interiors.
From the side it may seem that the floor, and the more hinged shelves for the kitchen, are not suitable for storing dishes and other equipment. But with properly selected material shelves withstand a large load.
Of particular popularity are gaining shelves with glass and open shelves in the kitchen, in which dishes and other items are visible and become part of the interior.
In the kitchen, install wall shelves and racks. In most cases, the shelves are used:
- Instead of hinged cabinets. This is especially true in a narrow elongated room where hanging cabinets look rough and take up a lot of space. Wall shelves, located in the upper part of the kitchen, will accommodate all the necessary things, while maintaining space. In this case, the shelves can be both open and closed, with and without glass.
- As additional elements connecting cabinets or filling free spaces between the cabinet and the wall. And plastic shelves can become indispensable dividers in racks and cabinets.
- Over the table. Narrow shelves can be a convenient storage of spices and spices.
- As decorative items. Wall shelves serve as a stand for flowers, vases, candles and other interesting items. The kitchen with open shelves fits into any style: ethno, Provence, classic or modern trends.
How to choose a shelf?
Hinged shelves for the kitchen should be selected, taking into account the overall design of the interior. In this case, they will perform not only a utilitarian function, but will become part of a single composition.
It is not enough to pick up the shelves on the wall of suitable color and shape. Due attention should be paid to the choice of material so that all kitchen furniture creates a harmonious picture. It is unlikely that plastic shelves in the interior of the kitchen will advantageously beat the wooden set. In addition, the material of the future shelf depends on its purpose. The greater the load, the more reliable the material must be.
Owners of kitchens in the style of "Provence" or in a classic interior should look at the shelves of wood. They combine practicality and a pleasant appearance. Wooden shelves are reliable and, despite their low weight, can withstand a large number of heavy dishes. A variety of colors, ornaments on the surface of the shelves allow you to choose the ideal options for almost any kitchen. Wooden shelves can be closed with glass.
Of course, there are wood products and their disadvantages. Frequent contact with water and insects can cause them significant damage. But the shelves treated with a special solution, this fate does not threaten.
Shelves made of metal perfectly fit into modern interiors. As a rule, they are distinguished by thin mounts and refinement, which will look especially good in a high-tech kitchen. Metal shelf can be used under heavy objects, while she herself is easy. They have practically no drawbacks: they are durable, they are not afraid of moisture and temperature drops.
The range of plastic shelves amazes with its scope. A wide range of colors and a variety of forms allows you to choose plastic shelves for every taste. And the low price makes them ideal for budget decoration.
Plastic shelves are very light, but not particularly durable. They are not suitable for storing basic kitchen utensils and heavy dishes. But plastic shelves can be used as decorative or as dividers in cabinets and drawers.
Glass shelves add elegance and sophistication to the interior. Hanging in the air glass shelves look very impressive. Despite the seeming fragility, the glass shelves are strong enough. To confidently rely on such a shelf, choose glass products with a minimum thickness of 6-8 mm.
Glass shelves are not suitable for storing bulky dishes. But glasses, crystal products and decorative items can be safely put on these fragile-looking shelves.
Stone shelves in the interior of the kitchen are rarely used. This is a very stylish piece of furniture that adds chic to the room. They will be appropriate in luxurious interiors in combination with countertops or the floor of the same material. Despite its durability, used shelves of stone for decorative purposes to store beautiful dishes. The disadvantages of stone shelves include a lot of weight, which makes it unacceptable to use them in a room with plasterboard walls.
Floor and wall shelves can be made by hand. This will require:
- material: plywood or wood;
- tools: drill, jigsaw, screwdriver, screws, glue and sandpaper;
- some free time.
Having prepared, you can start creating shelves. We draw the part on the prepared material and with a jigsaw, carefully cut it out, rounding the corners. We pass through the emery paper around the edges, and proceed to painting the future shelf. It remains to attach the original corners, and you can hang a new shelf on the wall.
Competently fitted in the kitchen interior hinged shelves and open shelves help create a unique design, while remaining practical and convenient solution for storing kitchen utensils. The material from which the shelves are made is the determining factor in the selection.