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Shelf Shade

Martha Stewart Living, April 2004

The things we store on shelves aren't always worthy of prominent display. When you want to put items under cover, a roller shade will do the trick nicely. Pick a reverse-roll shade in a color or pattern that will compliment your decor, and have the merchant cut the shade to fit inside your bookcase. Use ceiling-mount brackets to install the shade on the underside of the shelf above. You can pull the shade down over one or several shelves at a time, depending on how many you want to hide.


Comments (17)

  • ellasc 10 Nov, 2010

    atremper Martha had a great idea last week..used a wire basket attache4d to the underside of the desk..with plug in bar inside and labeled plugs in from the bottom.

  • rubyinga 10 Nov, 2010

    Great idea! Thanks so much!

  • Pixyled 10 Nov, 2010

    So tidy but installing the brackets would be a pain for me. I love the spring-loaded rods

  • chgreatdane 12 Oct, 2009

    what a great idea!

  • brutuses 7 May, 2009

    What a fabulous idea!!

  • Archangels 29 Dec, 2008

    I agree, this is a wonderful idea. I'm not very mechanical and completely stupid when it comes to installing things. I would like to do this myself rather than ask my husband to do it for me. So here goes, wish me luck.

  • joriddle 6 Dec, 2008

    I would paint a cool design on the shade to show when it is pulled down and used in a prominent place in the house. Really like this idea!

  • sw0728 6 Dec, 2008

    I love this idea! I'm going to use this idea in my pantry. I have a large walk in pantry, with 5 shelves across the wall and 5 shelves on the other wall. when i have installed the shades I will have a wonderful organized pantry with no cluttered look

  • WindDancer3001 6 Dec, 2008

    I use a curtain valance on a small spring-loaded rod inside a section of my entertainment center to keep dust off CD, DVD and vinyl media stored there. It also hides the headphones and portable players I keep stored there.

  • karlakrafts 5 Dec, 2008

    I like this idea for basement shelves, too. Someday, I 'm going to finishing inventorying and cataloging those shelves. I could just add a letter or number to one corner of each shade.

  • shambles 5 Dec, 2008

    What if you used clear material for shades, adding a stained wooden slat at the bottom, and then you could have a faux barristers bookcase!

  • moj400 5 Dec, 2008

    I'm going to use this idea to hide the jumble of supplies on the shelf above my washer and dryer!

  • emilysl 5 Dec, 2008

    I hide cords under my desk by screwing a few cuphooks into the underside of the desk (not a drawer) and using cable ties to bundle cords together and hang onto the hooks. Works for me!

  • atremper 5 Dec, 2008

    does anyone have ideas for hiding cords under a desk?

  • Sipzy 5 Dec, 2008

    I use a similar idea to hide things in my built-in floor-to-ceiling bookcase located in one of my hallways. I use two matching table runners, positioned at the left and right edges of the bookcase, each of which is tucked under heavy books from the top shelf. These form 'curtains' and you can still see into the middle of the bookcase. It adds some nice color and hides my messier sections. Also, it's easy to change the look because nothing is installed.

  • asfinlay 27 Jan, 2008

    Ooh, I like this idea for my basement shelves. Things get so dusty from our wood shop equipment. This would keep my lesser used shelves dust-free.

  • JDK 15 Nov, 2007

    Shades on my sewing room shelves keep the sun off my fabrics, but still accessible.