A simple shelf with innovative style can change the look and feel of your rooms. Check out our instructions for three different ways to get this look.
If your entryway is too narrow for a table or bench, hang a slim shelf instead, and then use it to harbor mail and artwork. We topped a trio of sleek metal brackets with a rustic antique floorboard. Installing basic brackets and shelves is easy: Mount brackets to wall, trim shelf as desired, affix to top of brackets, and enjoy.
Elegant curved brackets and a plain board trimmed with carved molding make a dreamy bedside table. Here's how to build and install one yourself.
Get more easy how-tos from Better Homes and Gardens' Cabinets and Shelves. Find it at local bookstores.
In a tiny bathroom, a shelf can stand in for a medicine cabinet. Attach a wood dowel between the two brackets and you get a built-in towel bar. Paint the shelf to match the walls, and perk up its edges with wood disks (called dowel plugs) glued along the front and sides.