Originally Posted by ahnafakeef
Thank you all very much for your cooperation, guys.
Now, I'm inclining more towards NOT using glass since colored ones probably aren't available. So I'll try to use MDF (as greywarden mentioned earlier) or whatever I can get that comes closest to it in quality and strength.
As for how much weight the suspended desk/shelf are going to have to bear, here's a rough estimate:
Top shelf: An amp + a DAC = 6.4lbs + 11lbs = 17.4lbs
Main desk: A monitor + a router + a keyboard + a mouse + a headphone with its stand = 15.4lbs (monitor) + roughly 5lbs (the others) = roughly 20lbs + the weight of the occasional leaning
i) Given those figures, should the weight of the components still be a safety concern?
ii) What would be the strongest equipment/hardware (clamps?) to uphold the suspended shelf/desk? I would like it to be as concealed as possible so as to not interfere with the aesthetics. I strongly urge you to provide images so that I can easily convey what I want to the guy who's going to build the whole thing.
iii) Is there anything that I am not yet taking into account but I should? Also, any recommendation/idea that you may have is most welcome.
Thanks again for your insights.
A good compromise, with the MDF desk top, would be something along the lines of this:
You'd still get the floating desk aesthetic, but the weight would be distributed better.
Basically instead of the bolt coming out of the wall having to deal with pulling, shearing AND bending forces, it only has to deal with pulling and shearing since the bending will be countered by the angled braces. Also, the additional anchor points into the wall will mean the weight and shearing forces are distributed over more bolts, reducing the individual's load.
Going off your weights, the top shelf could probably get away with being a normal shelf if you put the weight back towards the wall, and the main desk should hold up just fine if you essentially build what I posted. I still would be careful about leaning on it.