Five ways to style a picture ledge

I wrote a post last year about shallow shelves that I love because they are so versatile. At the time, a few of you got in touch to ask where you could buy them from, and I drew a blank. The only thing I could suggest was to make your own.

Well, I’ve got good news. Ikea are now selling picture ledges  and they are super cheap at £4.90. Boom!

And what’s so special about these ledges compared to a normal shelf? They are only 9cm deep so they are not imposing in the same way as a normal shelf. It also has a lip so that pictures/books/ornaments won’t slip off, which makes it perfect for pictures. Also, if you paint the ledge the same colour as your walls, you will barely notice it is there. It is 55cm long and you can put two together, if you want a longer ledge or a 115cm ledge is also available.

5 ways to use an Ikea picture ledge | Apartment Apothecary

I bought the 55cm ledge and I want to show you five different ways to use it…

1. Pictures

I love the flexibility of these ledges, especially if you are not confident about hanging prints or even plates. Simply pop them on the shelf and change them around as and when without having to deal with filling holes in your walls.

5 ways to use an Ikea picture ledge | Apartment Apothecary

2. Kitchen storage

Put the ledge in your kitchen and use it for spices, tins or kitchenalia you want to have on show.

5 ways to use an Ikea picture ledge | Apartment Apothecary

3. Toys

These shelves are perfect for children’s rooms so that they can easily access their toys, or hang them high enough for lovely displays.

5 ways to use an Ikea picture ledge | Apartment Apothecary

4. Books

Also perfect for children’s books so that they can easily choose a book at bedtime.

5 ways to style an Ikea picture ledge | Apartment Apothecary

5. Decorative

Use the ledge anywhere in your home just purely for decorative purposes to display your favourite things. Here I have used vintage bottles with single stems. It really does look pretty in ‘real life’.

5 ways to style an Ikea picture ledge | Apartment Apothecary

I’m going to have to get a few more of these.

Katy x

 

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4 Comments

    • katy 9th October 2014 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks, KP. Would be good for lots of lovely vintage cameras x

  1. Aileen 8th October 2014 / 2:54 pm

    I have that ikea ledge! Love all these ideas. Mine has nail polish & beauty supplies on it. But I may need to get a few more, it seems!!

    • katy 9th October 2014 / 2:47 pm

      Yes, they are so good for crafty bits and bobs, too, like cotton reels or bottles of paint etc. I need more! x

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