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Creative wall shelving ideas

Struggling for storage? Creative wall shelving could be the answer.

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Tired of overflowing closets? Wall shelves are a great way to maximise storage space without sacrificing aesthetics. Unlike bulky floor furniture, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials to seamlessly integrate with your existing decor.  

Whether you’re looking for a minimalist floating shelf or a more dramatic rustic reclaimed wood design, there’s a wall shelf solution to elevate your space. This article provides creative wall shelving ideas to spark your inspiration!

Mounted wall shelving

Mounted wall shelf

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 still be very functional.

Bonus: Getting rid of standalone shelving against walls also means no more marks on floors and carpets and more seating space.

Industrial wall shelving

Industrial wall shelfUsing 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.

Cube shelves

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 will enable 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.

Design your own wall shelving systems

Design your own shelf

Push your artistic side to the limit by constructing a 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 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

Wire shelving

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.

Leaning shelves

Leaning shelf

Leaning shelves are freestanding and 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.

Geometric shelving

Geometric shelfTake your shelf styling to the next level by decorating your walls with artfully shaped shelves in various sizes. Think triangles, rectangular prisms, circles and hexagons. Stack them against each other, spread them out, or consider random placement.

Using geometric shelving made 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.

Repurposed personal items

Can’t let go of those cherished belongings? Breathe new life into them by transforming them into shelves! For example, turn your beloved acoustic guitar into a wall shelf, a unique way to showcase your musical passion. Also, take a peek around your garage or shed; hidden storage solutions might be waiting to be discovered! Feeling inspired? Find furniture assembly services to help you achieve your shelving vision!

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FAQs on wall shelving

In small spaces, opt for floating shelves for a sleek look, corner shelves to utilise unused space, narrow shelves for display, or tiered shelves to maximise vertical storage. Consider incorporating cubbies or baskets for better organisation.

Wall shelves come in wood (solid wood, strong and beautiful) or manufactured boards (MDF for painting, plywood for versatility, chipboard for budget options). Glass and metal are also popular choices for specific styles.

Choosing a wall shelf size involves balancing aesthetics with functionality. Measure your wall space and items for the shelf. It should be proportionate to the wall and avoid overwhelming the space. Then, use painter’s tape to mock up shelf dimensions and visualise the look. Consider multiple shelves for larger walls and future needs.

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