Floating shelves are incredibly versatile and have become a part of all our homes, offices and almost any other type of space you can imagine. They’re in stores, restaurants, workspaces and so on and they can be used in lots and lots of different ways. Floating shelves also come in tons of different styles, shapes, sizes, materials, etc. so there really is something for everyone out there. The best floating shelves tend to be those that can easily adapt to different contexts, usage scenarios and decors. Here are some examples:
You can usually get floating shelves in sets or two, three or more. This for example is a set of three shelves. Each has a different size and they range from small which is 9” x 4” x 2.83” to medium measuring 12.87” x 4” x 3.5” and large which measures 16.85” x 4” x 4”. They can be installed individually at different heights in areas such as the living room, office, bedroom or even the entryway or the bathroom. You can use for storage or to display certain items on such as planters, vases, collectibles and others. Installation is easy and all the necessary hardware is included in the set. We should also mention that these shelves are made of laminate MDF boards and are very durable.
Some types of shelves are designed specifically for certain types of spaces or are meant to serve specific functions. One example from our list is this set of two floating shelves, one of which has a built-in towel holder. That makes these shelves great for spaces such as the kitchen or the bathroom because you can use them to store and organize spice jars or toiletries and they provide a handy bar to hang a towel from. The shelves are made of wood and are resistant to moisture and to heat. Both of them have protective metal guards which prevent the stored contents from falling off the edges. The towel holder is removable and doesn’t necessarily have to be attached to one of the shelves. It can also be installed separately on a wall.
The dimensions of the shelves are 16.53'' x 5.83'' and the set comes with all the necessary mounting hardware included.View Deal
If you like clean and minimalist designs there are plenty of shelves that might suit your style. These ones are exactly what we had in mind. They’re perfect for displaying decorative items and all sorts of other things and they’re very simple-looking which allows the focus to be on the items that they hold and not the shelves themselves. They’re also small enough to fit in just about anywhere so you have an empty space above your desk, between two windows or anywhere else this should fill in the gap quite nicely.
Floating shelves that have the mounting mechanism hidden are really great because they actually look like they’re floating. They’re excellent for modern, contemporary and minimalist spaces in general. Of course, other styles can apply as well. These for example are some rustic-looking shelves made out of pine wood. The mounting brackets remain hidden and each shelf measures 2” H x 24” W x 5.5” D. They can be used to display framed pictures, potted plants, books, collectibles and various other items.
Floating shelves are also excellent for corner spaces. These ones are specifically designed to fit in corners. They’re made of MDF and laminate wood and they have a white finish which makes them very versatile. All the mounting hardware is included and also hidden which gives the shelves a really clean and simple look. They measure 16.3” x 8.1” x 1.75” and can each hold up to 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg). They come in sets of two and you can add them to any type of space. They can either be used for storage and organization or for display purposes.
If your purpose is to display pictures, books or magazines on a shelf then this is the design that you need. These display ledge shelves are created just for that. They’re slender and shallow and they have a built-in ledge that prevents the items from falling off and also keeps them at a nice angle so they can be looked at. The design as expected is minimalist which allows the shelves to blend in with the decor and to fit into a variety of different spaces and interiors. They’re made from LDF and laminate wood and they’re very compact.
As versatile as minimalist floating shelves are, they’re not for everyone. If you prefer something a bit more on the traditional side there are definitely some interesting options out there. One is this set of walnut ledges, all 4” deep and with different lengths: 12”, 18” and respectively 24”. They can be mounted flush against the wall using the included brackets and the only tool needed for this process is a hammer. Installation is easy and can be done by one person. The design of the shelves as mentioned before is traditional. This is the walnut finish version and if you prefer something else you can also find this set is black and in white.
Getting back to the minimalist side, there’s one type of floating shelf in particular that stands. It’s not really a shelf per se since you can’t really see it. The whole point is for it to be invisible. This is meant to serve as a cool and unusual way of storing and displaying books. This is basically an L-shaped shelf that becomes completely hidden behind the books, making it seem as if they’re floating in mid air. It’s great for small spaces but more importantly it looks really cool (and by that we mean the books look cool and the shelf is nowhere to be seen).
These acrylic floating shelves also hide in plain sight. They’re transparent and made from 1.4” pure A-grade acrylic and retain their clarity overtime. You can use them as ledges for displaying pictures, books or magazines and they actually show the underside of the item as well which is not something we get to see very often. They’re great for offices, nurseries and various other spaces and they’re very easy to instal. Each shelf measures 3.5” W and can hold 4 rows of books. You can have as many as you need, depending on the type of items that you want to display and the space available.
There’s one more type of floating shelf that we really want to mention here: the square-shaped kind. These geometric pieces are really great at framing the items that they hold and they’re also interesting-looking even when they’re empty. These ones come in sets of 3. There’s one small, one medium and one large shelf, all sharing the same design and structure. They have an elegant espresso finish that can fit in all sorts of different decors and spaces. You can have them displayed as a group or separately and organize them however you see fit.