Greetings and Salutations budding Shelfologists! So, you’ve got a book collection to float on your wall. Put your worries aside friends, you’re in the right place for the solution to your bookcase design!

We can unequivocally state, “Yes!” Your radical Shelfology floating shelves can hold lots of books! Here’s the why and how we are ready to float even your sweet collection of Easter Island replicas with confidence...

It’s all about capacity and how much weight our shelves are designed to hold. This starts inside the shelf with our Shelfology Aksel Floating Shelf Bracket. While other big box stores may put out some cutesy floating shelves, take one look at the hanging hardware, and you’ll know you’re in trouble! 15 pounds won’t get you anywhere past a couple of Curious George books. And little teeny hooks don’t inspire confidence when they’re positioned over your head. Yikes! I don’t know about you, but I’m not hanging anything up unless I know it’s not coming down.

Enter our Aksel Floating Shelf System, which incorporates our über strong Aksel brackets. The Aksel bracket is often imitated but never duplicated. With plenty of solid hardwood options and finishes to choose from, we've got the right match for your style. Each Aksel floating shelf system features carefully hand-selected hardwood and ships ready-to-install with our world-famous Aksel invisible floating shelf bracket. Beyond the flexibility of our colors and wood choices, these sophisticated shelves keep doing what the big box stores can’t - they customize. Made to the inch, Aksel Floating Shelves are guaranteed to literally be the right fit for your space. Down to the inch isn't good enough? No problem! Give our MOMS a call and they’ll help you get the size that works for your space.

So what makes your floating shelf system able to secure your latest library haul? Made from ¼” hot rolled all American steel, the internal Aksel HD brackets have solid back bars professionally designed to line up with 16” studs. Notice how the bracket fits snugly into the back of the shelf? That’s not just good looking for show. No, the lock and key fit not only provides support across the wall when installed, but the support rods extending into your shelf create the backbone required to stay level and support the shelf. When installed into studs and blocking you’re going to get the max capacity out of your shelf. Your entire Manga collection will rest easy.

Check out this bodacious install from Bette Abbott interiors. Talented photog Sarah Anne Risk captures exactly what we’re talking about here. Bibliophiles, unite! I mean, come on, is there anything more beautiful than a wall of books?! It makes me happy just thinking about it! No question that these White Aksel Floating Shelves and their partner brackets are more than capable of holding this collection of books for years to come.

So, let’s talk about bookshelf numbers!

To find out how many Penguin Classics your shelf can hold, base your weight capacity on that famous support “backbone” that will be inside your shelf system: the Aksel HD. Our team of Shelfologists recommend a 10” deep and 1.75” thick shelf to get the most weight capacity for your Encyclopedia Britannicas. You’ll start with a minimum of 90 lbs and each successive bracket size will have you going upwards of 100 pounds in strength as your shelf grows in length. Check out the specs here: Aksel HD floating shelf systems.

When planning for your bookshelves, it’s important to remember Rule #2 from our Shelfology Capacity blog.“Generally, the deeper your floating shelf is, the less weight it can hold, or the stronger the floating shelf bracket needs to be. ... For example, if you are floating a bookshelf, typically your shelf won't need to be deeper than 10" since most books are less than 9" deep.” Use this rule to plan your depth and pull the greatest amount of weight from your bookshelf project. Our MOMS know best in this department and can help you choose the right dimensions for the books you have. Large or small, from 10” to 17” in deep, we’ve got you covered!

Bottom line: whether your shelf is un petit choux for Winnie the Pooh, or a full wall floating library, Shelfology has the shelves to house everything from Frankenstein to those Wheel of Time novels you’ve packed away. Let’s break out those beauties and give them a new home!


(And don’t forget, our Design M.O.M.S. are on call at 949.244.1083 to help you design the perfect floating bookshelf for your space!)

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