Hanging shelves on a wall is nothing new, but the empty space over an interior door or window is just begging to display treasured items. Check out these tips and decorating ideas for adding a shelf over a a door or window.
Shelf and Brackets

Window d├ęcor can take many shapes from simple mini-blinds or panel curtains, to elaborate draperies and Roman shades. Interior doorways may have solid or glass doors, or no doors at all. No matter what the decorating theme is, there is a shelf design and brackets to complement it.

Brackets used to support a shelf are L-shaped and may be made of metal or wood. Spray paint can be used to change the color of the brackets to contrast or match the room’s paint color.

A shelf 8 inches or less wide and made of wood or metal can be used. Paint the shelf the same color as the brackets or a contrasting color. The length of the shelf can be the same width as the door or window. For doors or windows with frames, the brackets can be set in the frame or to the outside of the frame.

Decorating Ideas for a Shelf Over Door or Window

Kitchen. Use the shelf to display a collection of kitchenware, like salt and pepper shakers or teacups. Old cookbooks or small baskets can add a quaint touch to an over-the-window shelf.

Kid’s Room. Small stuffed animals that are no longer played with but yet your child cannot part with them can chum-up on the shelf. Vacation or school mementos, model car collection or trophies can find a place on the shelf.

Family Room. Display the kid’s craft work, baby shoes, or your own craft work. As talents and tastes change, so can what is displayed. Dedicate the shelf over a window or door to each child in the family and let them choose what they want to display.

Bathroom. A clock to remind you of the time or ceramic collectibles can take their place on a shelf in the bathroom. Glass or clear plastic canisters can hold additional supplies like bar soap or Q-tips.

Bedroom. In a frilly room, drape lace napkins from the shelf and top with small colorful vases. An artificial vining plant or vase with dried arrangement can give a touch of subtle color. Small antique collectables will be safe high on a shelf over a window or door.