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Carpentry: Build Shelves For A Niche Or Alcove


niche shelvingModern homes have plenty or potential carpentry projects. If you have a niche or an alcove, you could add some display shelving to dress it up. You will have to think ahead on this one though as there are plenty of options to consider.

If you have a large niche in a wall, you could use wood shelving and either paint it or stain and varnish it to see the wood grain. Solid wood is more expensive and more challenging to work with, so you could try using plywood veneer with an end molding or iron-on edging. You could use ¾” thickness if the space is large enough, so that the thickness of the shelving won’t overpower the space. That thickness will also support a fair amount of weight.

If your niche is smaller, you can use glass shelving. The smaller size of the glass shelving will help the shelves to blend in more and won’t break up the space as much as wood shelving. I wouldn’t put as much weight on glass that you could on wood, but for a small space, it likely will be for display anyway.

For wood shelving you can install runners along each wall, creating a resting space for the shelf. Just make sure you use a level and have each runner level. You can secure the runners into the wall studs.

For glass shelving, you can also use runners or you can buy special support clips that will hold the shelf in place. Again, the clips should all be level with one another. For small spaces you will likely only need four clips total, two on each side of the shelf.



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