The living room is a unique room designed for receiving guests, family gatherings, noisy feasts, playing with children and watching movies. This part of the house was created in order to unite all family members, which is reflected in the interior: each family member brings a piece of himself there.
It can be a shell brought from a honeymoon trip, an unusual Venetian mask, a favorite photograph, a painting, a vase, a service and much more that is dear to the heart and reflects the family from the inside. Such dissimilar things should not be hidden in different cabinets, it is better to find a worthy place for them on a suitable rack, which will allow you to stylishly combine any things.
Features of the
A rack is a piece of furniture, which is a structure of several shelves located one above the other. Its main feature is that the shelves can be of various shapes, sizes and textures. This furniture has its merits, let's consider the main ones.
Ease of construction
This can be a movable rack on wheels, which will make it possible to simply and quickly change the appearance of a room, or a capital (built into the wall) rack. You can build it yourself.
Whichever shelf you choose, it will resemble simple shelves, since it differs significantly from the cabinet.
Shelves can hold a lot of things. Some of them can be located on open surfaces (for example, a collection of plates, photographs in beautiful baguettes, voluminous vases that fit the style of the living room).
Other things (more often little things like sewing accessories, home first aid kit) are best hidden using doors or special boxes.
Maximum usable area
The variety of shelf shapes allows you to literally take every centimeter of the rack, freeing up space in the living room. Today in the interiors you can find deep corner models, shelves around the TV, the entrance arch, the desktop.
Everyone can purchase the model that will be ideal for a specific area and layout.
Furniture can serve as a kind of wall that subtly separates two functional areas of one room. By choosing a mobile shelving, you can use it as a screen when needed.
The shelving unit can fit into any design style. Subject to the criteria of each particular style, it will look harmoniously among the main part of the furniture. It doesn't matter if it's a loft, grunge, provence or classic.
Such furniture is appropriate in any style.
Such furniture is cheaper than display cabinets, dressers, bookcases. Of course, the price can vary depending on the type of material used in the construction and the complexity of the model.
What is it needed for?
The answer is one and unambiguous - for storing things. Depending on the type and size of things, you will come to the right decision about the size and material of the shelves. When choosing items to store in your shelving, it's important to consider the overall design of the room. For example, on a grunge-style metal bookcase, the location of the tea set would be inappropriate.
The shelves of your rack may contain:
- framed photographs;
- clocks, vases, figurines;
- TV, set-top box, joysticks, disks and other equipment;
- interior design accessories;
The modern furniture market offers the attention of the buyer a lot of varieties of shelving for the living room.
Let's consider the main types
- On racks… The structure consists of several horizontal shelves fixed on two support legs. The back wall is missing. Easy to manufacture model.
- Wall… There is a back edge and side walls. The shelves are divided into compartments. The rack is shaped like a lightweight wardrobe. Individual sections can be equipped with doors.
- Angular… It will appeal to people who value capacity and order. This model will help to make the most of the corner space of the room and hide a lot of things from the eyes.
- Ladder… Such models often have an open design (no bounding walls). The shelves, one after the other, consistently increase their size in length, as a result, the whatnot appears in the form of a kind of ladder. This option will fit into any modern style, it will be an unusual piece of furniture.
- Suspension… It is small in size. Wall mountable. Can have straight and corner shelves.
- Cylinder… The rack has a revolving rounded shape. Perfect for large rooms.
- Diagonal… It is a suspended wall-rack, the intersecting elements of which are rotated at an angle of 45 degrees.
- Built in… To install it, you will need a small wall niche, inside which special fasteners for the shelves are attached.
In the development of models of shelving for the living room, different raw materials are used.
It looks massive and expensive. Fits perfectly into the chalet style, emphasizes eco-design. Pay attention to the beech furniture. This material has a high density and an unusual natural pattern, combines quality and beauty, it is easy to paint.
MDF, chipboard, plywood, chipboard
These materials will serve as a great alternative to natural wood. They are unpretentious in care, differ in a democratic price. Available in a large assortment on the market.
Creates visual weightlessness and transparency. Able to support heavy weight. In shelving it is used mainly as a front door decoration.
Looks stylish and unusual. Depending on the type and quantity, it can be used for finishing the rack, as well as the frame itself and shelves. Withstands heavy weight loads. It is used in creative directions of the living room design.
Colors and decor
Whatever material you choose for your shelving, remember that you can always change its look. Today there are many techniques available, such as craquelure, decoupage and others, that will turn your shelving unit into an exclusive piece of art. The color of the shelving should match the range of the entire living room… Consider the color of the wallpaper and flooring you have chosen.
Pay attention to the shade of the existing furniture in the living room (sofa, TV stands, window frames, floor lamp legs, doors, accessories).
White furniture is traditionally considered universal for any interior. If you find it difficult to decide on a color, buy a white or milky shade. This solution works equally well with bright and white walls.
If you want graphics and brightness, choose rich colors, stop at the classic black or brown tone. Remember that natural shades are always combined with each other, they look natural and expensive.
If you have decided on the functions of the rack, roughly indicated the model and material of the product for yourself, the only thing left is to determine the most suitable place and put the rack there.
For this, it is necessary to take into account the size of the room.
If your living room is large, the rack can easily occupy an entire wall from floor to ceiling. A shelf 15-20 cm wide will slightly reduce the room and allow you to place a whole library of books. In such a wall, you can insert a TV or a large picture, as well as adapt the rack to divide a large room.
If the living room is medium or small, full-height racks are allowed.However, in length, they should not take even half the length of the room. It is better that the color of the furniture contrasts with the wall. This will create a visual stripe effect and stretch the height of the room. In such premises, it is not recommended to install bulky (with wide shelves and thick racks) whatnots.
For zoning space it is recommended to choose the light version of the open rack-partition… If the living room has an unusual ceiling, there are numerous niches and recesses, there are open pipes, air ducts that you would like to hide, order an individual rack. Disadvantages can be made advantages.
Pay attention to the little things. Buy quality fittings (handles, powerful wheels, shelf mounts). You should not save on stands, legs for shelving, special furniture fasteners to walls and ceilings.
So that the rack does not hide excess space, pay attention to models with mirrored walls or glass doors. The shelving used for zoning the living room should not obscure the light… Choose stands with good, adjustable feet to compensate for uneven floors.
Beautiful examples in the interior
In the living room, the rack can carry out various functions: dividing, storage, design, functional, depending on the interests of household members. Sometimes you can see children's toys on the shelves of this furniture. Below are beautiful examples of shelving placement in the living room interior. They will help you decorate your living room in the most harmonious way.
For even more examples of the arrangement of shelving in the living room, see the video below.