Empty off all the shelves. Yep. This is going to be a chore, but in order for you to be successful in getting your book shelves to a professional decorated status you need to start with a clean slate. And besides... I bet your shelves need a good dusting anyway.
Find a set of really nice small lamps you love to place on either side of the arrangement. Placing lamps on the top of a book shelf is a perfect way to add some mood lighting to the room. And they look great! You are going to be amazed at how great your room looks once you've made these simple changes to your book shelf. They're going to look like you hired a decorator to come in and arrange your shelves. Gone are the cluttered, unslightly book shelves... now you have neat, organized book shelves that display your personality.
The corner shelf can also be a great place for a small television. You don't want to put a lot of weight on them, but a depending how it was mounted to the wall, some can handle up to 50 pounds. Screwing them directly onto the studs can dramatically increase the amount of weight they can bear. So be sure to follow all the manufacturers recommendations and limitations to avoid a disastrous situation.
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