I love the look of open wall shelves and floating shelves. They are super good looking, functional and DIY friendly.
Cabinets are much more labor and material intensive. If you have a blank wall and a need for extra storage, wall shelves can be just attractive yet much easier to build than cabinets!
There are many ways to build wall shelves. Here is a collection of 16 inspiring DIY tutorials with detailed steps and many great variations on choosing brackets, supports, materials and finishes!
We will start with floating shelves first. These types of wall shelves are very popular because there is no visible hanging hardware and the shelves really look like they are floating. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
1, 2, 3 & 4. Hidden inner frames
First build hidden inner frames with 1x2s, and screw the frame to the wall studs. A magnetic stud finder is a great tool to help you find studs.
Paint the shelves white for a refreshing look, or stain them a darker color for a more traditional feel.
5 & 6. Got to Love Crates
7 & 8. French Cleat in Two Ways
A French Cleat is a linear bracket capable of supporting lots of weight.
We all know how heavy pallets are. A French cleat is a great solution for hanging a pallet shelf!
The next group of wall shelves are bracket shelves and hanging shelves.
Next group of wall shelves are supported by brackets-
9 & 10. Right Angle Brackets
The most common shelving brackets are corner brace right angle brackets like these which are simple to work with, slim and easy to hide.
Attach the angle brackets on either top or bottom of the shelves.
Screw the brackets into the wall studs or if you cannot find the studs, use dry wall anchors that can hold up to 75lbs per anchor.
Place the shelves onto the brackets and secure with wood screws.
A beautiful selection of objects will hide the brackets and add much interest to the wall.
Sources: Our Vintage Home Love | Mommy Suite
11 & 12. Ikea Brackets
The brackets in the two photo above are Ikea Ekby Bjarnum Brackets, which come in 7″ or 11″ wide, and Ikea Ekby Valter Brackets which also come in two sizes.
13 & 14. Make your own wooden corbels
A corbel is a type of bracket and often an architectural element. It can be as simple as a triangular piece of wood, or as grand as carved marble.
These two floating shelves incorporate corbel as supports. The reclaimed wood shelf is finished with a coat of non-toxic butcher block oil that really brings out the beauty of the wood grain.
Key hole hangers are usedto hang the vintage “book shelf”.
15 & 16. Pipes and Ropes
If you love industrial style, galvanized pipe like these with floor flanges and pipe caps make gorgeous supports for these stylish shelves.
Space-saving and collapsible, this hanging rope shelf has a charming boho vibe and is totally beginner friendly!
Before we end today, there are more eye-candies for you to check out- 25 stunning kitchens and cabinet paint colors.
Have a great weekend! =)