Oak shelving is one of the most useful methods of storage in the home that enables you to store things both hidden away behind cupboard doors or in plain view. The key feature of any form of shelving furniture item is that it maximises the use of vertical space.
When it comes to oak shelves and shelving units for the home, the appropriate model for the job will depend on the room. For example, a freestanding unit with multiple shelves is perfect for the front room or in a bedroom, but is not typically a practical option for the bathroom. However, a single floating wall shelf is flexible and discreet enough to be implemented into any room in the house without being obtrusive.
Websites listing for sale the larger, multiple shelf units can refer to the same style of item as either a bookcase or a shelving unit. The term bookcase is of a more historical origin, when this type of storage was used primarily for keeping books. Of course in today’s modern home, the bookcase/shelving unit is used to store all sorts of things in addition to being used exclusively as a place to display framed photos and other personal items.
The freestanding oak shelving units can be further categorised as either being primarily designed for storage or as a novel design feature that offers limited storage capacity – a kind of hybrid display unit/side table such as those found in the Nero solid oak furniture collection.
As with the majority of oak furniture pieces another huge benefit is that you have plenty of contrasting options with regards to the form of the unit itself. If floor space is limited then you will have no problems in finding a taller, narrower unit, and if you have the room can find wider units with up to 8 individual shelves which should be more than capable of delivering enough space for the more demanding of households.
For smaller sized bedrooms, the bathroom, or simply as an alternative approach, a floating oak shelf offers itself as a stylish solution and is a well-received upgrade from the dated visible wall brackets and shelf approach of previous years.
The old method of fixed wall shelving involved attaching long metal brackets directly to the wall which would enable the connection of metal brackets to support the shelves above – quite the visible eyesore. With an oak floating shelf however, the mechanism for fixing the shelf to the wall is hidden within the edge that connects to the wall. This is why it gets the “floating” name because of this visual effect.
Floating shelves can be used to great effect in the bathroom in place of the more traditional sink unit, with the sink basin placed on top of the protruding wall shelf.
In a child’s bedroom they can be used to provide an alternative to a bedside table – which is particularly useful when floor space is in short supply – while still enabling the child to keep a nightlight close to hand.
If price is a concern it needn’t be as both the oak shelving and floating shelf units can be found in models accommodating to both high-end and low budgets.