I recently did a post about shallow shelves that showed shelves don’t have to be merely practical but can be a design statement in themselves. However, the reality is we often surround ourselves with ‘stuff’ and have nowhere to put it so design has to come second. Ceiling height shelves offer the practical storage we need but can also look really good. Another advantage is that the foot of space that traditional shelves use, which is often too much of a sacrifice, is not needed for high shelves; they are positioned in space that will never be used, and don’t leave you feeling hemmed in.
We have recently put a high shelf above our bed for books (recognise the book ends from my previous post?); not only does this give us extra storage space but it also softens the room as only books can (when I say we, I mean Jules, although I painted). We also put a shelf above the door of our work-room. By positioning it above the door, when you enter the room, you can not even see the shelf and therefore do not feel the loss of space. We painted the shelves white and used white brackets because we didn’t want to draw attention to the shelf itself but you could make it a real feature if you wanted to.
Have a look at other ways people have used high shelves to interesting effect…
In the mean time my aim is to learn how to put up shelves myself instead of always relying on my dad or my boyfriend. I don’t have much confidence of this happening…just being honest. It’s so much more fun filling the shelves, rather than putting them up!