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163hrd

Something about the display shelves above a sofa makes me uncomfortable. I could not relax, and guests could not easily peruse the art / photos.

   
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Leela Landers

Fabulous! Loved the monochrome

   
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Sophie Windatt

@herladyship92 I realise you wrote your comment in January and may have had your question answered by now but in case you're still searching for help, I'd say it depends on the shelf depth and what you want to put on it as to what height it should be above a coach.


If it's a slim shelf like in the picture rail photo I'd say you can go for any height you like to make the most of the artwork you put on it. The larger the artwork, the lower it will need to be out of necessity but try mocking it up by cutting out the shape of the artwork from newspaper and sticking them to the walls. You could get some great effects at surprising heights.


If it's a deeper shelf you definitely want to make sure it's high enough that no one risks hitting their heads when they get up or down and they don't feel nervous about it while they're sitting there. I'd also avoid putting heavy items on there just for safety reasons!

   

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