When shelves refers to open racks that serve as a storage area. This open front is the biggest difference to a closet, which in most cases is closed by doors. Roughly, shelves can be divided into two large groups: the pedestals and the wall shelves. Stand shelves are, as their name suggests, on the floor and are occasionally bolted to the wall for stability. A wall shelf, however, is attached to the wall and has no contact with the ground. The open fronts keep the contents visible on both types of shelves. Shelves can take on two functions in one room. On the one hand, shelves serve as a storage location, storage and storage space. Practical: With shelves, you can optimally use the room height and use it as additional storage space. On the other hand, shelves are also used to “display” books or memorabilia. Wall shelves often take over the purely decorative part in a room, as they are usually designed by wall mounting not for large loads. Wall shelves make large, free wall surfaces appear less empty. Particularly practical variants of the wall shelf can often be found in the kitchen as a plate shelf or spice rack. In the bathroom they have spare towels or small toiletries ready. Bathroom shelves are often made of metal or treated wood because of the high humidity.