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.
I bought the 55cm ledge and I want to show you five different ways to use it…
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.
2. Kitchen storage
Put the ledge in your kitchen and use it for spices, tins or kitchenalia you want to have on show.
These shelves are perfect for children’s rooms so that they can easily access their toys, or hang them high enough for lovely displays.
Also perfect for children’s books so that they can easily choose a book at bedtime.
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’.
I’m going to have to get a few more of these.