An Introduction to Floating Shelves — The Hardware Hut
Kitchen with Floating Shelves
Kitchen with Floating Shelves

An Introduction to Floating Shelves

The first time I saw a floating shelf, I was mesmerized. How in the world is that floating? Turns out, it is deceptively simple. Installers attach a U-shaped metal or metal/wood bracket to the wall, and they set the shelf around the bracket. The shelf itself is hollow on the back to allow the bracket to set inside. Because the backs of these shelves are hollowed out, they also make a great secret hiding place. However, we cannot recommend securing it by applying a thin silicone bead during installation.

Omega National Floating Shelves

We carry smooth unfinished wood shelves in six wood species from Omega National: Alder, Cherry, Hickory, Maple, Red Oak, and a Paint Grade. They are available in five widths: 24″, 30″, 36″, 42″, and 48″. All of the shelves are 2-1/2″ thick and 10″ deep. These shelves from Omega National have a rating of 15 pounds per foot of shelf, but you have the option to trim down the depth of the shelf to a minimum of 2″. This gives you a greater range of size options. Since the shelves are unfinished, you can apply a lacquer or stain of your choosing. If you plan on painting it, then purchase the Paint Grade version and save yourself a few dollars.

We also have a Stainless Steel shelf from Designs of Distinction. Yes, you heard that right: Stainless Steel. This shelf is 24″ long, 10″ deep, and 2-5/8″ thick. It can hold up to 100 pounds! Imagine a few of these in your newly remodeled bathroom.

Brown Wood Stainless Steel Floating Shelf

With either shelf you choose, the wooden one from Omega National or that ultra modern Stainless Steel one from Designs of Distinction, you can be proud knowing that you purchased a product made right here in the USA.

We are always expanding our offering of floating shelves. Expect to see more options coming soon.

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Johnny Quinn has been at TheHardwareHut.com since 2002 in Customer Service. He and his husband own three properties they rent out as part of their retirement plans. When not in the office you might find him in an airport heading out on some fun adventure. He's been to both Italy and Australia with plans of heading to Peru soon.