Glass Shelving Guide

Glass Shelving Guide

If you have a wall or living space and are looking to give it a bit of class without breaking your budget, adding something like glass shelves can have an immediate effect on the look and feel of your room.  Most glass shelving can be relatively inexpensive and there are all sorts of options in regards to space and size.

Glass shelving options for a living space such as the living room….


One of the most popular use of glass shelves in the living room is to use them as storage within an entertainment center.  Store media components, DVD’s, CD’s and other things on them.  Sometimes, the glass shelves actually becomes the focal point of the room giving a very simple elegance and sophistication to the room.


The most common place for glass shelving is usually found in the bathroom though. Usually, it is used to make a statement against the opposite side of the sink and is used to place bathroom knick-knacks and toiletries.  While not necessarily decorative, the wall unit can provide a bit of style by understating the “look”.  Some of the more popular glass shelf designs come from the likes of Kohler and many are part of an entire collection so when you buy, you are giving your bathroom a completely new look.

The hardware for glass shelves typically is just as understated as the look.  Unless they are fitted into cabinets, the hardware usually consists of brackets that match the transparency of the glass to give it a more streamlined effect.  Because this type of shelf usually “floats” on the wall (floating shelf), they are easy to fit to any wall and can be done with little to no home improvement experience.

Some things to consider

There are really only a couple things to consider when choosing the right glass shelf for your room….
  1. Color of the glass–  Believe it or not, while you would typically think of glass as transparent, there are some cases when frosted glass may be a better fit for a place like your bathroom.  For things like media, you may consider black glass since most components are black.  Transparent glass is the best for displaying art and photos but smudges easily and requires a bit more upkeep.
  2. Use Tempered Glass only–  While most windows and doors don’t use it, tempered glass should be a priority for shelving because it will limit chipping and breakage and tends to handle weight better.  Thick, tempered glass is the only way to go if you are using glass shelves to hold heavier items like TV’s.
  3. Choose the right shelf according to the type of wall you have–  If you are installing a floating shelf into your bathroom and have plaster walls, you may want to find where the studs are in the wall so you can fasten them in securely.  In other cases, you may be better off using a suspended shelf, which attaches to the ceiling and is perfect for walls that can’t handle the weight of a hanging shelf.