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What would you put on these shelves?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (26784points) September 24th, 2010

I have this set of shelves, it is approximately 5’ tall, 2’ wide and 1’ deep. Guesstimate. It is black metal (I’m not sure if it is actual wrought iron), but it has a wrought iron look with the scrolls and everything. The shelves on it are slatted, so I would be afraid to put anything fragile on it, or anything that might need to be balanced on a flat surface.

I used to keep shoes on it, because it is attractive and it matched my kitchen, so it was functional like that for a while. I’ve since redone my kitchen and have a new place for storing shoes, so I carried that rack up the stairs. I carried it by myself, and that sucker is heavy! And I never made it past the top of my steps with it. It now sits on the landing at the very top of my steps and I have really grown to like it right there. However, I don’t have a clue what to put on it. I feel silly having an empty set of shelves, but I can’t think of anything that would look nice and work since the shelves are slatted. I considered towels or blankets, but I just think that would look sloppy. Maybe I should just move the rack and give up? lol

Any thoughts?

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rodydoe89's avatar

I think towels or blankets would be ok. You could neatly roll them like you see in the Martha Stewart magazines. :) Color coordinate.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@rodydoe89 I like the idea of rolling them up, actually. I don’t normally roll my towels or blankets, but I do roll up my washcloths and I always thought that it looked tidier that way. Do you think that would be odd at the top of my stairs though, not in a bathroom?

Cupcake's avatar

Plants? Photographs (maybe on top of a tray if you’re worried about the slats)? Board games?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Cupcake I would LOVE to put plants, but I fear my cats would eat them. :) I think plants would have been the ideal option, at least for the top shelf.

partyparty's avatar

How about books, or maybe some family photographs. Perhaps a vase or some of your favourite ornaments.

Seek's avatar

I have one of those in my bathroom. It’s stocked with assorted baskets, each dedicated to a certain function.

One full of individually wrapped toothbrushes and sample-size shampoos and soaps, for when I have guests over.
One has all of my bath goodies and oils and such
One for hair barrettes, etc.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Books or is there anything you collect?

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr I have a set of shelves in my bathroom like that, since we don’t have a bathroom closet. (Old house=very limited closet space.) I love the baskets with their designated contents. I wish I could think of something non-bathroom related to keep in the baskets, because I really like the way it looks in my bathroom and I would love to replicate that in a different way in the hall. I will have to really think about that.
@Adirondackwannabe and @partyparty I love the idea of books. I wonder if they would fit? I will have to try that out. I am totally open to mixing it up, as well. If I were to end up with a combo of plants, books, and baskets for example.
Thanks for all of the good ideas.

Seek's avatar

A combination would be great! Add in a pretty bowl of potpourri to make the hallway smell nice, and you’ve got it made!

Neizvestnaya's avatar

My mom had a similar issue with a “found” shelf and solved it buy cutting strips of heavy mylar, the kind sold for rolling out dough on to keep items frm getting off balance or slipping through. She used the shelf to display a collection of pottery, a few plants and a few curios mixed in.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Neizvestnaya the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that I should do something just like that. It would make this so much easier if the shelves were solid.

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