Garden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered FriendsGarden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered Friends


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Garden Bird Houses: A Sanctuary for My Feathered Friends

I'm a dedicated nature lover. Anything I can do to ensure the well-being of my feathered friends makes me happy. Observing avian wildlife in my backyard is even better. This is why I own several birdhouses. My favorite is the acrylic birdhouse that clings to my French patio door. This birdie sanctuary is transparent and crystal clear. It allows me to view nesting birds without disturbing them. The themed birdhouses I've purchased at various garden stores and specialty shops add a splash of color and exciting decor to my yard. In my small collection are farmhouse themed birdhouses, nautical themes, colonial themes and even a birdhouse "mansion". As you can tell, these birdhouses bring me as much pleasure as their intended occupants. You might say these pieces are "for the birds", but I know they're more than that.

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Creative Uses For Shelf Support Brackets

While they may seem fairly mundane, shelf support brackets are actually pretty valuable. Over-engineered to produce the greatest amount of stability at the lightest possible weight, shelf support brackets can be used for a number of interesting applications throughout your home.

Use Hidden Support Brackets for a Kitchen Bar

You can use hidden support brackets to connect a countertop directly to your wall. This countertop can be at bar height so you can add some bar stools and create additional surfaces and seating in your kitchen. This is an especially useful option if your kitchen doesn't have a lot of space.

With the right brackets, you can also have a bar that folds up and down, so you can place it against the wall when you don't need it. 

Organize Your Closet With Large Support Brackets

Large support brackets can be attached to the wall to provide additional closet space. Rather than placing a single pole in the closet, you can instead use brackets to place multiple poles that are well-suited to the type of clothes you use.

The brackets themselves can also be used to organize clothes on, with clothes moving from the back of the closet to the front rather than side to side. 

Add Bench Seating With Hidden Support Brackets

Like a bar, benches can be attached directly to the wall. Bench seating is an attractive addition to any room, though it does need to be carefully bolstered to studs so that it won't fall off. Hidden support brackets give the seat an interesting "floating" look for your bench. It's perfect for both a contemporary or a retro styled kitchen.

Add Decorative Brackets to Moldings and Corners

Decorative brackets can be added anywhere in the home to give it some flair. Metal copper or silver-toned brackets can be added to shelving to separate your items, while wooden brackets can be added to moldings and corners and then painted like trim.

Decorative brackets often cost only a few dollars, and you can place them throughout the entirety of your home to create a comprehensive style. 

Just remember that when you place support brackets, you absolutely need to follow the directions and anchor them properly. If they aren't properly anchored, then they will eventually fall. Most hidden shelf support brackets need to be connected to a stud; you can use a stud finder to make the installation process easier.