Why You Need Heavy-Duty Floating Shelves by Castle Craftsmen

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Your cabinets are filled to the brim, and there is simply no way any other items can fit. The kicker? You have many more items that you need to incorporate into the space! Whether it’s a kitchen, family room, living room, den, or bathroom, our professional design team has a wealth of experience in implementing creative solutions to help our clients gain the most out of their space.

Floating Shelves

So, what’s an incredibly functional and stylish solution? Installing floating shelves!

Floating shelves can help you reduce clutter and maximize your storage space in a clean and sophisticated way while creating a modern and warm finish. This technique is guaranteed to enhance any room in your home and take it to new heights.

As always, it’s all in the details, so let’s discuss:

  • Qualities to look for in shelf materials
  • Ideas to take your design game to the next level using a floating shelf unit
  • How our team at Castle Craftsmen can help


We strongly recommend to all of our customers that they focus on shelf durability. First and foremost, ensure the shelf will have the capacity to handle a heavy load. Focus on long-lasting strength and weather resistance. After all, replacing a shelf after two years of installation is certainly not ideal.

Weight Capacity

It’s best to ensure the material you choose has all the support you’ll need. Whether you are storing large books or displaying a mirror or metal piece of art, it’s beneficial for a shelf to have a medium to strong weight capacity. Most high-quality shelf units can hold anywhere from 30 to 90 lbs.


It is always best practice to measure your wall and room before moving forward with shelves. When you work with our team, we will always ensure that the shelving solution you choose will not only properly fit into the space in your home, but maximize it.


When balancing price with quality, consider the overall value of the shelf. A shelf built with longevity in mind will often cost less in the grand scheme of things, so evaluate what your budget will allow.


We’re confident that regardless of whether you prefer traditional or contemporary décor, there is a floating shelf system out there for you. The minimalist design and unobtrusive style of a floating shelf can be mounted onto practically any wall.

With a wide variety of available materials, the possibilities are endless.

Shelf Materials

With so many different materials on the market, including various types of wood such as maple, cherry, teak, plywood, or medium-density fibreboard (MDF), it can be a daunting task to decide which material makes the most sense for your custom style, storage needs, and budget. A popular choice among our customers, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of working with maple.

Features of a Maple Wood Floating Shelf

Maple wood is warm, natural, and solid. Maple wood is white with a spattering of red-brown hues and with its great resistance to splitting, can easily withstand a heavy load.

This wood is an excellent choice for live edge floating shelves. These shelves retain their natural shape on their edge, which makes for a unique finish and statement piece, guaranteed to enhance your wall space.

Pros of Maple for Your Floating Shelf System

Durability: Maple wood is one of the hardest types of wood available. With a higher density than oak, this wood has undeniable strength, making it a great choice when considering durability.

Affordability: Unlike many other types of wood, maple wood is affordable. A beautiful floating shelf does not need to break the bank.

Natural: Maple wood retains a natural finish and feels even after production. Maple shelves will enhance your home with a warm and rustic smoothness.

Scratch Resistant: This wood is also naturally scratch-resistant, making it great for longevity.

Cons of Maple Wood for Your Floating Shelf System

Low Weather Resistance: We do not recommend maple wood to any of our customers who want to leverage it as part of their outdoor furniture as it does not fare well.

Susceptibility to Staining: Although this is likely not a deal-breaker, we feel it’s important to mention if you are considering installing a floating shelf in a high-traffic area of your home.

For more information on the materials we work with get in touch with us today! Our dedicated experts would love to set up a call to create a custom recommendation for you.

Five Great Ideas for Decorating

Cross a window or connect between windows in your kitchen! Create more storage space for delicate items like glassware.

Fill a nook. Store your favorite book collection and bring coziness to your space.

Offset an arrangement of shelves. Customize your wall with an asymmetrical look.

Round a corner. Continue a shelf unit into a new room for a sleek and modern look.

Create slim storage. Leverage a small wall space with vertical shelves.

Our Expertise

We hope you’re as excited about the effortless beauty, style, and storage a floating shelf unit will add to your space. Our dedicated team is ready to take care of and customize your entire project. We work with you to select all materials, from the type of wood to the best sets of studs and brackets, to ultimately ensure the perfect custom placement of your new floating shelves.

Our professional design team is highly advanced in our approach and integration of intelligent, digital, and modern home concepts and we can’t wait to hear about your vision. Get in touch with us today, we look forward to working with you!

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