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How to Properly Select the “Top” Shelf System

Shelf System Applications

How to Properly Select the “Top” Shelf System

With the wide variety of shelving styles and systems available in the market, it can be a daunting task to determine what decorative shelf system to choose. This resource has been created to help in the shelf system decision making process -- allowing you to identify the key factors needed in your particular application -- Be “shelf-ish” and choose what works best for you!

Shelf System (Shelf + Support)

Shelf SystemCarry CapacityDimensions (in)Finishes
Low Profile Floating Shelf System 50 lbs 24 x 10 x 2

MDF/White

Corner Floating Shelf 50 lbs 17 x 12 x 1.7

MDF/White

Classic Floating Shelf Systems 100 lbs

24 x 10 x 3
36 x 10 x 3
40 x 10 x 3

Maple
MDF/Coffee
MDF/White
Satin Silver
Stainless

Our shelf systems are the all-in-one solution for your shelving needs. The Low Profile Floating Shelf System and Corner Floating Shelf have carrying capacities of 50 lbs. with White finish MDF shelves. These shelves make a great low-profile system, providing a minimalistic decorative appeal to your walls and corners when a less noticeable shelf is desired along with a heavier carrying capacity.

Low Profile Floating Shelf
Corner Floating Shelf

For a little more carrying capacity in your system and some size variations, you’ll want to look into the Classic Floating Shelf System. This system comes in three different lengths at 24”, 36”, and 40”. The Classic Floating Shelf System has more standard finish options than the other systems with MDF varieties as well as different metal materials. 

Classic Floating Shelf System

Support Only (No Shelf Included)

SupportCarry CapacityDimensions (in)Finishes
Hidden Shelf Bracket 30 lbs 8 x 2 x 1.65 Black
Low Profile Floating Shelf Bracket
50 lbs 19.75 x 8 x 0.88 Black
Floating Shelf Support Rods 50 lbs/rod 6 x 1.75 x 1.5
10 x 1.75 x 1.5
Unfinished Steel
Black
Floating Shelf Bracket
100 lbs 8 x 34.5 x 1.65
8 x 22.50 x 1.65
8 x 16.75 x 1.65
8 x 9.75 x 1.65
Black
Stud Mounted Shelf Bracket
100 lbs/bracket 8 x 0.25 x 2
12 x 0.25 x 4
Unfinished Steel
Stud Mounted Shelf Rod
100 lbs/rod 8 x 2 x 4
12 x 2 x 4
Unfinished Steel
Universal Shelf System Hang: 200 lbs/pair
Stand: 350 lbs/pair
2 x 12.5 x 29 Unfinished Steel
Hidden Shelf Bracket
Sliding MDF/White Veneer Shelf Box over Floating Shelf Support Rods

For individual support arms that can be used in multiples to create lengthy or custom shelves, we’ve got a few options from which to choose. The Hidden Shelf Brackets and Floating Shelf Support Rods are meant to be fastened to the studs through the drywall. Spacing will be determined based on the 16” spacing between the studs for the entire length of your shelf. If you want more carrying capacity and if you have access to the wall studs before the drywall is installed, a more permanent solution may be appropriate. For those conditions, we suggest using our Stud Mounted Shelf Brackets or Stud Mounted Shelf Rods. The stud mounted supports will fasten to the side of the stud, and the support arm will penetrate through the drywall surface.

Stud Mounted Shelf Rod
Stud Mounted Shelf Bracket - Wall Cross Section Side View

The Floating Shelf Bracket and the Low Profile Floating Shelf Bracket are single units with two arms. That means you will only need one of these brackets to support an appropriately sized shelf top or box. These brackets are the supports used in the Classic Floating Shelf System and the Low Profile Floating Shelf System previously mentioned. The Floating Shelf Bracket comes in multiple lengths ranging from 9.75-34.5”. Its carrying capacity is among the highest available. The Low Profile Floating Shelf Bracket comes with a cross rib member for added support.

Floating Shelf Bracket
Low Profile Floating Shelf Bracket

For an even heavier duty carrying capacity, you can trust the Universal Shelf System to get the job done. This system has three tiers of shelf supports built into the design, so if you’re looking for a single shelf, this isn’t for you. The height that comes with this system’s design allows you to arrange a couple systems in a way to create your own desk. As shown below, you can configure the desk with two shelves underneath on each side. This standing configuration has a carrying capacity of 350 lbs. per pair of brackets.

Universal Shelf System - Standing/Desk Configuration
Universal Shelf System - Hanging Ceiling/Wall Configuration

Alternatively, you can fasten the Universal Shelf System to the wall or ceiling as an open kitchen shelf (shown above), but the carrying capacity will be reduced to 200 lbs. per pair in this hanging configuration. Try to be creative when planning out your shelf systems in order to achieve a unique look that stands out from the rest.

Shelf Only (No Support Included)

ShelfCarry Cap.Dimensions (in)Finishes
Back Painted Glass
Dependent on
support used
36 x 12 x 0.5
-
Contact for
custom sizing

Black
Tan
White
Bronze

Back Painted Glass Sample Box
Back Painted Glass on Shelf/Countertop Supports

If you already have a support system or you’re only interested in purchasing the shelf by itself, then we can offer Back Painted Glass as an individual shelf unit. There are multiple colors in stock to choose from, some with gloss and frosted variants, and you can also order a custom color of your choice. These glass shelves are non-porous and great for clean up. You can use the Back Painted Glass shelves as a secondary counter, a bookshelf, or even a wipe-erase message board. Get creative with it!

For additional information concerning our Decorative Shelf Systems and Supports, don’t hesitate to contact us at support@federalbrace.com.

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