By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Stylish glass shelves appear to float on a wall, creating a place for a collection of colorful ceramics or pottery. The clear surface of tempered glass makes it an attractive display area that doesn't distract from what it's holding. For a more utilitarian use, glass shelves provide storage that's clearly visible and ideally suited for a small corner in a bathroom where space is at a premium. The shelves are easy to install and adaptable to many locations, no matter how you put them to use.
Floating glass shelving is installed into a wall with a tongue-in-groove system that actually makes the shelf an integral part of the wall. You use a template to mark the position of the grooves and a saw to cut the grooves in the wall. Then apply adhesive caulking on the edge of the shelf and push it in place. A handyman will charge $430 to install three 24-inch long glass shelves, which includes labor and material. You can buy the shelves for $215 and install them yourself, saving $215. Videos at www.floatingglassshelves.com illustrate how to install the shelves in a corner and on a wall.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020