How do you go about creating your own customised shelving? It's easier than you think. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- Bespoke alcove shelving doesn't need to cost a fortune, especially if you use MDF instead of wood. Even if you think your DIY skills are lacking, there are always other options - for instance use a joiner or a website like mdfcuttosize.com.
- Painting the shelves the same colour as your walls is a great way to really making your accessories stand out. Alternatively, you can try painting the alcoves a colour that will contrast with the main walls. A vibrant wallpaper or even a mirror cut to size are other ways to add maximum drama.
- Hacking a flat pack is another great way of getting the designer look on a budget. Plain metal supports or brackets can be given a new look with copper or gold spray paint, while the self adhesive vinyl is a can liven up chipboard shelves with any effect you want (this can include marble, felt or leather). You can find ideas at ikeahackers.net.
- You should consider lighting as a feature on your shelves - for example, LED light chains are a great option.