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Wall shelving ideas

By Kirstine Pedersen

Updated: November 27th, 2020

Struggling for storage? A creative wall shelving solution could be the answer.

Don’t have a lot of closet space in your home? Wall shelving is a simple and space efficient solution. Putting in some shelves can help resolve your storage struggles in a stylish way. And shelves aren’t just functional, you can get truly creative with them too.

There’s a huge number of shelving styles to suit any type of home decor. So, where do you even get started?

We’ve compiled a list of creative and quirky wall shelving ideas to inspire you.

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wall shelving ideas

Mounted wall shelving

If you’re limited on floor space, mountable wall shelving is a great idea. You can get really creative with the design, display and styling. Think ‘open’ spaces and the ‘floating’ look.  Mounted wall shelving can have a quirky 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 seating space.

mounted wall shelving ideas
Source: Apartment Therapy

Industrial wall shelving

The use of pipes, cast iron, copper and other metal materials for shelving can help you create that highly desirable industrial chic look.  Opt for the edgier and grittier 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.

industrial copper wall shelving
Source: Steel Roots Design

Cube shelves

Cube or cuboid shelves are a great way to add a contemporary edge to your home. The infinite range of colours, sizes and styles available will allow you to experiment with different looks. Try positioning cube shelves in a variety of ways before mounting. This is a style of shelving you can get truly creative with.

cube wall shelving ideas
Source: Urban Outfitters

Design your own wall shelving systems

Push your artistic side to the limit by constructing your own DIY wall shelving system. Think steel frames and wooden boards connected with joints in any arrangement you’d like. You can jigsaw puzzle pieces together to create a modern shelving feature that’s completely unique to your home.

If you have an idea of what you’d like but need some help with construction,  connect with a local professional handyman.

design your own wall shelving
Source: Design Milk

Wire shelving

Wire shelving doesn’t have to be limited to the kitchen or the shower. Gain additional storage space by mounting wire baskets on walls as book nooks, to display plants, or to hang prints.

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 a more asymmetrical look. Individual shelves can even serve a specific purpose, such as storing a home computer.  If you want to use your shelf 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 shelf styling to the next level by decorating your walls with artfully-shaped shelves in an assortment of 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 your home a contemporary and fresh look. Keep this look minimalist by displaying just a few items on these shelves.

geometric wall shelving
Source: I Spy DIY

Repurposed personal items

If you’ve held on to personal items that you can’t bear to part with, consider re-purposing these items into something more functional. For instance, could you turn your beloved old acoustic guitar wall into a shelf to represent your love of music?

Have a browse of what’s been laying around your garage or shed for ages, and consider how you could turn it into a creative shelving unit.

repurposed guitar wall shelving
Source: ReFab Diaries

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