Advancements in technologies such as those responsible for the toughness, heat resistant properties and strengths of materials have been responsible for the birth of floating glass shelves, one of the newest things to hit the furniture industry today. These engineering and design wonders offer an almost unrealistically beautiful space for placing almost anything on, with installation being via a simple system that does not require any sort of complicated frames and hardware to do so, making this not only one of the most beautiful, but also one of the easiest type of shelves to install these days.
Their name speaks for itself: glass floating shelves are transparent shelves that, if installed properly, give off the impression that they are simply floating on the side of the wall of your house. This is done through the use of special connectors that are almost invisible in their smallness and due to the fact that the material they are made of is usually transparent.
This floating illusion, as said above, gives the items you place on the shelves the appearance of floating on the glass floating shelves as well. This makes for a surreal aesthetic experience on the part of the person looking at whatever you have placed on your shelves, as the items will look as if they are suspended in midair. It is an effect that must be seen with your own eyes, and all the more entertaining when the items placed there are ones you intend to display the most prominently: antique bric-a-brac, books, magazines, gadgets, collections of every shape and size and the like are very likely to attract even more attention when displayed in one of these shelves.
With the ease and little effort involved in the installation of floating glass shelves, one can also vary their arrangement for different aesthetic impressions: either arrange them in a staggered pattern for a select few antiques, or simply keep them lined up in order to store either wider and longer objects, or an entire collection you wish to display as a whole. Either way, you will see the shelves do their job in both looking unobtrusive and in giving a surreal angle on the objects placed on them.
With this all said, take note, though, that there are still a few things to keep in mind before you go off and install your own set of floating glass shelves in your home. For one thing, it is important to know that there are several types of glass used in these shelves, with different types having different strengths: glass for small objects is much more brittle, for example, than the glass used for larger and heavier ones. Also, keep in mind that shelves for small items may be easier to see when placed close to each other and within eye level, while larger ones have to be spaced with consideration for their objects’ height.