22+ Beautiful DIY Floating Shelves to Save Space

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Who needs heavy cabinet storage that occupies all the floor space when you can create your storage instead. DIY floating shelves are a spectacular way to display frames, books, or other personal items that look presentable and save tons of space. It is a must-have modern furniture item for smaller rooms and having empty vertical space (walls) instead. These amazing ideas will help add interest and character to your room by allowing you to display some of your favorite items. You can also use them in your kitchen or laundry areas, or even for creating a book corner or coffee station! Don’t forget to check out these DIY Hanging Shelves Ideas and other Home and Garden Projects.   

1. Classy Black DIY Floating Shelves

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This simple yet elegant DIY floating shelves idea by laurenkostercreative is perfect for any space in your home that needs storage. The shelves are painted in black for a modern and sophisticated look. They are chunky and sturdy enough to hold heavy items. You can hang these shelves in your kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, or laundry area. A tiny rod is also connected to one of the shelves for hangers or towel rolls.  Here is the complete tutorial

2. White Vintage Plank Shelf

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A lone floating shelf is just as elegant and preppy as a couple of them together. This idea by wedreamincolonical uses one long thick lumber piece roughly painted in white. The shelf is streamlined with the couch below. Also, the length of the shelf is sufficient for holding large frames or showpieces. It is sturdy, quick, and way less effort than what is needed for making multiple shelves! Check out the tutorial here.

3. Basic Beige DIY Floating Shelves

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If you do not want to fill up the lengths of your walls with shelves, this idea by hunnerrezek is the one. It uses minimal space, effort, time, and budget and looks extremely stylish. The wooden planks have a textured finish and are placed in a vertical line of three. These shelves are smaller but broad enough for storing crockery, plants, toiletries, displaying frames, etc. Here is the full video tutorial

4. Textured Wooden Boxy Shelves

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Here are some stunning and sturdy DIY floating shelves by makingitwithabby suited for any room’s corner. They look very classy and are compact enough not to take up much space. You can use the chunky shelves to hold heavy books, plants, frames, etc. What makes it even more modern is the deep brown stain with hints of beige paired with the wooden finish.  Here is how you can recreate this DIY.

5. Sleek Wall to Wall Shelves

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DIY floating shelves can be over the top and bold to be used as wall decor pieces. The emphasis on material and shape transforms their look entirely from mainstream and boring to unique and classy. This DIY by intentfulspaces has a pair of “wall to wall” long floating shelves that have a neutral, linear, and clean display that is grounded and approachable. The texture, colors, finish, everything comes together beautifully! Check out the complete tutorial here.

6. Thick Wooden Kitchen Shelves

This DIY floating shelves idea by morning.cup.of.heather uses two long beige-toned shelves placed linearly above the kitchen counter. They are thick and sturdy, perfect for holding heaving crockery like bowls, plates, mugs, glasses, etc. The light tone of the shelves is suitable for any room and adds a rich look to any wall, from bricked to ceramic to painted. 

7. Modern Sturdy Bracket Shelves

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I love the theme and style of this entire floating shelves corner created by itsshannonlong. It uses two tiny wooden shelves attached to the wall using big black brackets. The counter below it has a beautiful flower vase placed on a round wooden board. This corner is an excellent idea for creating a coffee station, dressing up your breakfast nook, etc. I love the simple yet aesthetic look of this DIY.  

8. Farmhouse Style Rustic Shelves

Boxy shelves have a very farmhouse vibe but look very stylish. They are also sturdier for holding heavy jars, glasses, or other decorative items. These DIY floating shelves by creativedecorbybrooke are a pair placed linearly. They have a dark polished finish with a light wooden design on them. This is a budget-friendly and easy to recreate DIY project. Here is the complete tutorial.

9. DIY Floating Shelves Open Cupboard

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If you have any narrow three-walled space, you can transform it into this fantastic DIY floating shelves open cupboard by ahostinghome. All you need to do is prepare as many shelves as you want according to the measurements that fit the space. Place these shelves at equal distances, and that’s it! Your open, easily accessible cupboard is ready. This idea is great for kitchen pantries or the mudroom. Check out the blog tutorial here.

10. Storage Maximizing DIY Floating Shelves

This DIY floating shelves idea by staceykasdorf is not just for creating storage but also for adding a super adorable touch to your home walls. Recreate this idea, preferably on a smaller wall or a corner wall. Start by hanging a top wall to wall shelf, followed by three to four smaller shelves of the same size. This placement would create a fun and unique look and is great for entryways, mudrooms, or laundry rooms. You can add hooks to the empty wall space for hanging caps, bags, etc. Here is how you can make this DIY. 

11. Sophisticated Floating Shelves Wall Decor

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Floating shelves are also a great addition to any wall decor project! This DIY by jen_bedard_real_estate uses the shelves as a connected piece for displaying frames, beautiful plants, fancy tea sets, etc. You can choose to make practical use of the shelves as well instead of display. I love the walnut stain of the shelves; it gives a very sophisticated and stylish look.

12. Fresh & Boho DIY Wall Shelves

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Give your boho bedroom a beautiful wall display with these bright beige DIY floating shelves by athome_withchelsea. This set of two tiny and chunky shelves paired with bright green plants will add an extremely aesthetic touch to your boho bedroom/living room. The color of the shelves is suitable for literally any wall, from black, white to bricked, etc. Check out this link to make them! 

13. Easy Access Kitchen Display

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Here is another tiny floating shelves kitchen cabinet by brandnewfixerupper that is great for placing everyday use items, coffee mugs, some plants for freshness in the kitchen, etc. It is a great corner decor idea for any room and allows quick and convenient access to the necessary items. You can also turn it into a morning essentials corner by placing some coffee/tea mugs, books you read every day, and other items. Here is how you can make them. 

14. Narrow No-Bracket Floating Shelves

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This is a bracket free way of installing some cute and useful DIY floating shelves in your home. The shelves are light neutral colored suitable for any space, and have a narrow and long design. It is great for storing sleek and flat items like frames, glass bottle plants, plates, etc. This idea by hallihome is a quick and straightforward way of adding some storage to any room. Here is the video tutorial

15. Straight from the Woods Wall Shelves

Another great way to use floating shelves is to use them in a planned theme like in this idea by thenavagepatch.com. These DIY floating shelves are set in a natural forest theme. The planks have a wood textured finish with plants covering them. Along with that, some matching decorative items are placed to fill up the space. These shelves stand out beautifully against the plain white background. And the theme idea is a creative way of customizing your floating shelves. Here is the blog link

16. Chic & Dainty White Corner Shelves

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The floating shelves in this neutral Scandinavian styled space by theblushhome.com are meant to blend in seamlessly with the white walls. You can recreate this design if you have a similar space and want your shelves to disappear instead of distracting. It is an excellent way of focusing on the items placed on the shelves rather than the wooden planks themselves! Check out the complete blog tutorial here

17. Thick Modern Display Shelves

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These thick white floating shelves by nestingwithgrace.com are just so clean and bright! I love how they complement the white bricked wall perfectly. These are great for living rooms or laundry areas, and you can recreate them in a few simple steps. You can’t go wrong with white, so they are perfect if you are a beginner! Check out the blog link here.

18. Heavy Duty Crockery Display Shelves

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Floating shelves are an excellent addition to pretty much any room in the house, especially the kitchen. This is because they make it very convenient to grab items while you cook instead of reopening the closed cabinets every time. They also allow you to display some stunning crockery pieces that would otherwise be sealed in a dusty box. This DIY floating shelves idea by homedepot.ca is just the one for your kitchen! Do try it out to make your chef life way more comfortable. Here is the full tutorial

19. Simple & Tiny DIY Floating Shelves

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Have you ever seen a more neat and pleasant set up in a bathroom? Everything from the classy white paint on the walls to the tiny adorable shelves corner is undeniably beautiful. These bamboo colored wooden DIY floating shelves by bitterrootdiy.com are stained the perfect sandy tone, perfectly placed, and add a modern charm to the bathroom. Plus, they are smaller in size, thus easy to make and hang! Here is the full blog tutorial

20. Sleek Vintage DIY Display Shelves

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These DIY floating shelves by cdn.protoolreviews.com are wooden, sleek, bold, and add a charming vibe to this vintage living room. There are four floating shelves, two on each side of a large center painting. You can easily customize the size and stain of each shelf and also decide what to display. Each shelf has different items displayed, giving their unique aesthetic to the wall! Check out the tutorial here

21. Elegant Multi-Stained Shelves

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This DIY floating shelves idea by images.squarespace-cdn.com is more than a home project, and if you are into the farmhouse style, you will love this idea. The stenciled walls in this laundry space are perfectly complemented by two floating wooden shelves. This tutorial lists the steps you need to follow to recreate these rustic yet stunningly bold and beautiful wooden shelves. 

22. Simplistic Long White DIY Shelves

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When you add floating shelves to all the rooms in your home, why leave the kids’ bedroom? The bright blue paint makes these white floating shelves by wagnerspraytech.com stand out stunningly. These shelves are chunky, sturdy, and go from wall to wall. They are perfect for storing books, toys, frames, and other items that usually lay around on the bedroom floor. Here is the full blog tutorial

We hope these ideas inspire you to give these DIY floating shelves a try. They are an upcoming, modern way of using the minimal available space in the maximum possible manner. You can customize any of these ideas very easily to suit the needs of your home. 

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