Desk with storage above

Shelves above the desk keep clutter to a minimum.Shelves above the desk keep clutter to a minimum.

Smart shelving can keep your office organized, whether you have a whole room, a corner or just a closet for your computer desk. Installing shelves above a computer desk provides storage for office supplies, computer accessories, books and other essentials. Shelves above the computer desk need to be functional, sturdy and well-organized to make the most of the space available.

Adjustable Shelving

One of the easiest, most versatile and most affordable shelving options for your home office is adjustable, wall-mounted shelving. To install these shelves, install the standards, available at your home improvement store, above your computer desk. Add shelf supports, simply snapping them into place, and pre-made, purchased shelves. You can easily move shelves up or down to accommodate changing needs, and these shelf and standard systems can easily support books and other heavy items.

Boards and Brackets

If you only want a single shelf, installing standards may not be practical. Instead, purchase basic or decorative shelf brackets, as well as lumber or pre-finished shelving. Install the brackets into the studs or use drywall anchors for support, allowing one bracket for every 20 to 24 inches of shelf. Screw the shelf into place. While brackets installed into the studs will be quite sturdy, drywall anchors may not successfully support as much weight.

Floating Shelves

For a more attractive and modern look, replace standards and shelves or basic brackets with stylish floating shelves. Floating shelves consist of a hollow outer shelf casing and an open wooden structure that serves as a bracket for the shelf. Screw the bracket into the wall studs or secure it with drywall anchors. Fit the shelf into place over the bracket. The bracket should be fully covered by the shelf, leaving no visible supports.

Using Your Shelves

Open shelving has a tendency to get messy, particularly in functional spaces like a home office. Opt for attractive baskets or storage boxes to hold smaller items, like office supplies and computer peripherals. Color coordinated magazine boxes, file boxes and binders will keep your office both neat and functional. For open shelving, consider bookends if you're storing books, binders or other upright items on the shelves above your desk.

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