Wall shelving ideas

If you don’t have spare cupboards or a lot of space, utilising shelves becomes important for decorating and storage. There "Wall shelving ideas"

Wall shelving ideas

If you don’t have spare cupboards or a lot of space, utilising shelves becomes important for decorating and storage. There are so many different styles of shelves that will fit within your decor. So, we’ve put together an inspiring collection of wall shelving ideas, using different materials that can be used to construct wall shelving in a fun and functional way.

The only other thing to consider is how to put it up without ruining your wall. Good news, we’ve got you covered with one of our Airtasker Handymen who will be able to take care of installing your wall shelving.

wall shelving ideas

Mounted wall shelving

Standalone shelving is out, and mountable wall shelving is in! Get creative with design, display and styling – think ‘open’ spaces and the ‘floating’ look.  Mounted wall shelving has a nice aesthetic and can still be very functional.

Added bonus: getting rid of standalone shelving against walls also means no more marks on floors and carpets, and more bench space.

mounted wall shelving ideas
Source: Apartment Therapy

Industrial wall shelving

The use of pipes, cast iron, copper and other metal materials for shelving creates a trendy, industrial look.  Go for a typical ‘edgy’ style that industrial design is known for, or take a different angle by using colour, a copper finish, or light to create a unique, fresh style.  Push the limits!

industrial copper wall shelving
Source: Steel Roots Design

Love this look? There’s plenty more from where that came from in our Industrial wall shelving ideas for your home post.

Cube shelves

Cube or cuboid shelves are a great way to bring a unique, uncomplicated style to life in a home. The infinite range of colours, sizes and styles they come in will allow you to experiment with different looks.  Try positioning them in a variety of ways before mounting.

cube wall shelving ideas
Source: Urban Outfitters

Design your own wall shelving systems

‘Design it yourself’ wall shelving systems are like a grown up version of Straws and Connectors; they’re your own art project on a wall. Think steel frames and wooden boards connected with joins in any arrangement you’d like.  You can jigsaw puzzle pieces together to create a unique, modern feature.

If you’ve got an idea of what you’d like in mind, Airtasker has some very talented Handymen who can help bring your design to life.

design your own wall shelving
Source: Design Milk

Wire shelving

Wire shelving is no longer just for the pantry or shower. Gain storage space and achieve a homily feel by mounting wire baskets on walls as storage nooks, to display greenery, hang prints and jewelry.

wire wall shelving
Source: Pinterest

Leaning shelves

Leaning shelves are freestanding shelves that are angled against the wall to give a ‘leaning’ or ‘ladder’ appearance. The depth and width of each shelf can be uniform for a patterned effect, or varied for the asymmetrical look. Individual shelves can even serve a specific purpose, such as storing a computer.  If you want to use it as a storage rack for items such as towels, go full ladder style (i.e. use a real ladder) and drape towels over each rung.

leaning wall shelving
Source: Oleander + Palm

Geometric shelving

Take your styling to the next level by decorating your walls with artfully placed shapes and sizes – think triangles, rectangular prisms, circles and hexagons. Stack them against each other, spread them out, or consider random placement. Using geometric shelving made out of natural materials against a white wall will give a contemporary, fresh look. Minimalism is the way to go when considering what to display on these shelves.

geometric wall shelving
Source: I Spy DIY

Repurposed personal items

If you’ve held on to personal items that you don’t use anymore but can’t bear to part with, consider whether or not you could repurpose those items in to something more functional. How about a hanging acoustic guitar wall shelf to represent your love of music? Take a look at what you’ve got laying around the garage and think outside of the box.

repurposed guitar wall shelving
Source: ReFab Diaries

Feeling inspired? We also have some beautiful bathroom shelving ideas that you might want to take a look it.

Beautiful bathroom shelving ideas

Looking for inspiration to solve a storage issue and enhance your bathroom design? In addition to some great ideas we "Beautiful bathroom shelving ideas"

Looking for inspiration to solve a storage issue and enhance your bathroom design? In addition to some great ideas we have on how to plan your bathroom design and small bathroom design, we’ve collated some beautiful bathroom shelving ideas for you to enjoy.

industrial bathroom shelving
Source: Bodie and Fou

Mounted bathroom shelving

Create a great looking storage space by mounting shelves. Brackets used to position the shelving can easily work as part of the design if you choose your materials and colour scheme wisely. Position the shelves on a back board and add additional hooks for hanging towels, or go for the ‘no back board’ option.

mounted bathroom shelving
Source: The Frugal Homemaker

Floating shelves

The ‘floating’ look is a variation of mounted shelving where the shelves are slipped over a protruding support attached to the wall and appear to float against it. They look really effective in white or natural wood.

floating bathroom shelving
Source: Bless’er House

Industrial shelving

Bathrooms are full of pipes and plumbing, so if the you’re in to the industrial look, the bathroom is a great place to implement it. Achieve the look by exposing pipes and plumbing, and complimenting their aesthetic by installing industrial style shelving, towel racks and toilet roll holders. Teaming industrial elements with reclaimed wood gives a really nice effect.

industrial bathroom shelving
Source: Etsy

If you’re inspired by this look and want to take it out of the bathroom, we have some more Industrial wall shelving ideas for your home.

Cube shelves

Clean lines and symmetry; there’s nothing nicer. Give your bathroom fashionable, modern character by installing cube shelves. Use them to display lotions and towels, or to house a little hint of greenery. You can DIY your own by using old drawers.

cube bathroom shelving
Source: Pinterest

Recessed shelves

If you don’t have space for shelves to be mounted or freestanding, you could recess them in to the walls between studs (if you own the place, or the owner gives you permission, of course). The little ‘nook and cranny’ look can be really beautiful.

If you need shelving installed or built in to your bathroom walls, take the fuss out of it by hiring a Handyman on Airtasker.

Princess Margaret Residence
Image credit: Carriage Lae Design-Build Inc.
Source: Houzz

Freestanding and hanging shelving

If you don’t have the option of drilling in to walls, consider using a freestanding or hanging bathroom shelving solution. Freestanding storage racks come in many different designs, are cost-effective and moveable. Hanging storage racks are a great option if you’ve got a towel rail you can hang them over, or even just a wall hook for lighter items.

hanging racks bathroom shelving
Source: Remodelaholic

Leaning shelves

Leaning shelves that have the ‘leaning’ or ‘ladder’ effect are wonderful; their height, varied depth and sturdy base allows you to store plenty of essential bathroom items.  Store hampers on the bottom shelf.

leaning bathroom shelving
Source: Love Chic Living


Ladders are perfect alternative to bathroom shelving to use as towel racks! See if you can find an old one that’s feeling a bit unloved – sand it down and paint it in a nice accent colour before rehoming it in your bathroom.

ladder towel rack bathroom shelving
Source: funky junk interiors

Reclaimed wood

Reclaimed wood is a great look for any bathroom and will suit almost any colour scheme. Old wooden pallets are easy to get, often free, and are perfect for wannabe DIY carpenters to work on at home.

reclaimed wood bathroom shelving
Source: Viva Terra

Do you have other rooms in need of some shelf-spiration? If so, we have a wonderful collection of wall shelving ideas for you to muse over.