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- Floating book shelves that become invisible behind a stack of books
- Hidden mounting hardware for floating effect
- Turn your storage shelving into a work of wall art
- Mounting hardware included, Holds up to 15 lbs
- Portion of proceeds donated to Pratt Institute
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Umbra Conceal Book Shelf
For a fresh, ultra-minimal look, the Conceal bookshelf from Umbra mounts to the wall and becomes invisible behind a stack of books, giving the books the appearance of floating in mid-air.
Attach the sturdy, L-shaped steel Conceal Shelf to the wall with the included mounting hardware.
Place the first book so that the shelf ledge is between the pages and the back cover, using the two hooks underneath to hold the back cover in place.
Stack additional books on top of the first book until the Conceal Shelf is hidden from view. This gives the stack of books a floating appearance.
Available in two sizes, the Large Shelf holds up to 20 pounds of medium to large books; the Small Shelf holds up to 15 pounds of small to medium books.
The Conceal Shelf, designed by Miron Lior, is a winner of the annual Umbra-Pratt Institute Design Competition. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this product are donated to the Pratt Institute School of Design in New York City.
Each year, students of the Pratt Institute's Industrial Design program are invited to submit their designs to a panel of judges, who award the products that best reflect the Umbra design sensibility and incorporate originality, wit and manufacture-ability.
Winning designs are considered for manufacture and distribution by Umbra. If the design is put into production, the student and the Pratt Institute receive a portion of the proceeds from the product's sales.
“Design is at the center of our business at Umbra. We rely on bright new designers to fuel our creative growth. We are honored to be able to work with distinguished design schools like Pratt and talented new design graduates.” -- Paul Rowan, Co-Founder, Umbra
For an ultra-minimal look, the Conceal bookshelf from Umbra mounts to the wall and becomes invisible behind a stack of books, giving the books the appearance of floating in mid-air. Attach the sturdy, L-shaped shelf to the wall with the included mounting hardware and slide one book onto the ledge so that the ledge is sandwiched between the book's cover and pages. Secure the cover in place using the integrated clips beneath the ledge. Stack up to 15-pound (or 8-inch) of medium to large books on top of the first book until the shelf is obscured from view. Conceal is constructed of strong, powder-coated steel and is available in two finishes. This model measures 5-1/2 by 7 by 6-1/2-inch. Also available is a smaller size for small books and a wider model that holds two stacks side by side. The patented design by Miron Lior is the winner of many design awards including the Umbra Pratt Design Competition. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this item is donated to the Pratt Institute School of Art and Design. Designed by Miron Lior for Umbra- original, modern, casual, functional and affordable design for the home.
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Items needed to do install: 1-drill 2-hardware 3-1/4 drill bit 4- stud finder
Best of luck! Hope this helped.
I bought two of these large ones, 3 of the small ones, and 5 of the double-wide ones.
I made corner shelves with one of the 'single' ones and one of the '2 wide' shelves (See my customer images). For these, I used toggle bolts that are rated for something like 200lbs. (I use them for everything that I'm putting up not into a stud. You can get them on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Toggler-Toggle-FF-B-588-D-Specifications-Threads/dp/B0051IAQN2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1362412360&sr=8-4&keywords=snap+toggle) The holes were slightly too small for the standard sized bolts I was using, so I just drilled them out a mm or two bigger. Not a hard fix, just a bit irritating when I realized it on the first one when I was on the ladder. The small one also had this problem. One convenient thing is that the anchor holes on the large one and the small one are in the same spot. If you find you need a different size, you can always replace it.
This large one won't work with a regular-sized hard back book, (ie Harry Potter hard back sized). I have a bajillion books, so finding one that worked wasn't hard, but it can't be just any hard back book. The smaller sized ones can deal with a regular sized hard back book or even a 'book club' sized hard back. It just makes the shelf smaller. I wish the smaller size was made with the same thickness of metal as the larger size. I think it would help with any sagging issues. That being said, I adjusted the books I had on each shelf until they were the right heaviness - I couldn't put all high quality/heavy paper/academic books on one shelf and all trade paperbacks on another - I mixed them up.
I originally wanted to use the large ones to hold my hubs stash of D&D books (hard back, about 12" tall, 9" deep, 1" thick), but the shelf started sagging after adding 7-8 books. The books were heavy, and add up fast. I wasn't too broken up about it as I had plenty of other books to take their place.
I'm very happy with this product and I'm excited to have space for more books. I turned it into a completely custom built-in book case that holds 150 books for about one hundred dollars.
The mounting hardware worked great for securing the 3 areas of attachment with the screws. To mount the shelf, I began by using a level to mark out the holes. With a 1/16 drill bit, I drilled in 3 pilot holes. I managed to hit one stud (so I used a screw by itself for it) and then drilled larger pilot holes with a 3/8 bit to insert the enclosed anchors and remaining screws into the drywall. The plastic anchors didn't bend or break when I tapped them into the wall with a mallet.
I was hoping to use the shelf for my kid's high school textbooks. While it did physically manage to hold all 6 of them, the books were just too massive. They drooped from the shelf; yet, the shelf remained secure and undamaged. I ended up placing some novel sized books on the shelf instead.
I'm curious as to if the single large shelf unit would work for massive textbooks?