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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Wrapping up, given the average cost to install a glass shelf you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.