Why Choose Wooden Shelves ?
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Wooden shelves are more than just functional pieces of furniture, they can reflect ones personal style and individuality throughout the home. Whether you prefer a modern or rustic look, wooden shelves offer timeless elegance that never goes out of style.
This guide is designed to hep you discover what wooden shelves would work best for your taste and home, factoring in style as well as practicality. We'll explore questions such as "what are the different types of shelves?" and "what materials suit which project?" We will also give you some great examples of how you can style them for home interior inspiration!
Spoiler, we craft handmade wooden shelves, but we’ll try our best not to be too biased 😊
Why Solid Wood is a better option in the long term . . .
Wood has been a timeless material that has been used since the beginning of time. Its sustainable qualities and unique style have kept it in fashion for centuries. Strong, solid wood such as pine and oak, are great choices as they can hold a lot of weight, and they usually have rich grains to them, making them a popular choice. Unlike other materials such as metals and MDF, solid wood has the ability to be a renewable resource when using sustainable timber from FSC forests.
It's something you cannot replicate. Rustic wooden shelving brings so much character and blends seamlessly into any space. Each grain in the wood tells its own story, woven together to create a unique pattern that is both natural and timeless. So whether you're looking to create a warm and cosy atmosphere in a living room or add some functional storage to a kitchen, wooden shelving is the perfect solution.
When it comes to achieving a timeless look, quality is key. There is no doubt about it... handmade wooden products stand the test of time! Because wood is so versatile you can be sure that 10+ years down the line, they'll still look great!
Another benefit of wooden shelving is that it's a completely sustainable product. Being a natural product, it is able to be reused and recycled. We only use 100% sustainably managed FSC wood for all our products & for every tree we use, we plant 10! Check out our blog where we explain what is sustainable wood.
What to Consider When Choosing a Wooden Shelves | Purpose and Storage Needs
When choosing shelves for your home, it's crucial to first determine what you are planning to use the shelf for and what items will be placed on it. For heavier items, a stronger shelf base is necessary. Popular options include wire shelving and solid wood shelves. While solid wood shelves are not only strong, they also have a classic aesthetic that never goes out of style. MDF or plastic may be great for lighter items, although for a high-quality shelf that will stand the test of time and look great, solid wood is the way to go.
There may be situations where wire shelves or MDF are more appropriate, such as in rooms used only for storage like garages and lofts. Ultimately, the choice depends on your specific needs.
Examples of how to use wooden shelves in different situations
Also, you will want to consider the different features you need when purchasing wooden shelves:
Length: Shelves come in a range of lengths, so measure the space where you want to install them to ensure you get the right size.
Wall type: Consider the type of material your wall is made of. All our shelves are handcrafted from solid wood, making the floating shelves only suitable for solid walls - on a plasterboard wall, a floating shelf may slope. If you’re looking for a plasterboard or stud wall shelf, a popular option is our bracketed shelves with more supportive industrial-style hardware.
Weight capacity: Make sure to check the weight capacity of the shelves before purchasing them. This is especially important if you plan to use them to hold heavy items like books or electronics.
Finish: Choose a finish that complements your decor style and other furniture in the room. Our wooden shelves come in various finishes, such as Rustic Pine, Dark Oak, Shabby Chic and many more wax finishes. Check out our Colour Sample Pack.
Our Final thoughts | It's always your choice
It's always a tricky one to answer such broad questions such as “what is the best shelving?” or “what is the best material for shelving?"
There are so many different factors to consider...here our 3 key things to consider when choosing the right shelving type:
- Style of Home
- Room Type
- Storage - What & Where
By paying attention to these factors, you'll be sure to find a wooden shelf that will serve you well for years to come. So, whether you're looking to store your favourite books, display your favourite decor pieces, or simply create a more organised space, choosing the right shelving options can make all the difference. Get inspired with our guide on how to decorate your shelves.
Remember - Don't settle for cheap and unsightly shelving options. Invest in a good quality wooden shelf that is made from durable material, has a protective finish and comes with easy-to-use hardware, then you'll enjoy a beautiful and functional space for years to come.