10 Different Styles And Uses For DIY Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are almost endlessly versatile. They fit in every room and there’s a ton of cool and practical ways in which they can be used. Today we’re showing you ten different design styles which implicitly means ten different ways in which you can possibly use floating shelves. Although you could probably find ready-made shelves to suit each idea in stores, these projects are meant to be DIY-friendly which gives you the perfect opportunity to create something special and to make your home decor more meaningful.

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These bathroom floating shelves are just perfect for that little wall space above the toilet. They’re relatively easy to build and they have a solid look and a minimalist design. To build these shelves you need wood board, plywood, nails, a glue gun and your choice of finish which can be stain or paint or nothing at all if you prefer a natural look. Look for inspiration in the very room where you’re planning to install the shelves.

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The design decision should be made based on the function that the shelves will fulfill once they’re in place. For example, if you want some floating bookshelves which you plan to use for the display of children’s books, cards, pictures and other things, you should think about a picture ledge-style shelf. You can paint these shelves so they match the wall behind them for a clear and non-intrusive look or you can make them stand out using an eye-catching color or a contrasting finish.

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For spaces such as the laundry room or the garage you might want to consider some industrial or rustic shelves. There’s a very nice tutorial on shanty-2-chic which shows you exactly how to build the shelves from start to finish. The design is actually pretty versatile and you might also get away with it in spaces like the kitchen, dining room or the bedroom. You can always add more shelves later on if you think that’s necessary.

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Some species of plants enjoy direct sunlight but there’s only so much space on a window ledge so you have to get creative if you want to keep your plants happy. A cute idea can be to build a few acrylic shelves and to install them across the window, attaching them to the inner frame. If you have windows with side hinges this will prevent you from opening them so think carefully before you make a decision.

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A few triangle-shaped floating shelves would be just what an empty room corner needs. They let you put some dead space to good use and they can also look quite beautiful and eye-catching, not to mention that they can be very practical too when it comes to spaces such as the entryway, the bathroom or even the bedroom. Check out 4men1lady to find out more details.

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This sort of box-style floating shelves are attractive because they stand out more compared to other types of shelves. Their graphical nature also helps them be super practical since you can store and display things both inside and on top of them. You can have sets of two or more shelves arranged on a wall, sort of like a gallery but you can just as well use them individually. More details about this project can be found on contemporist.

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A floating shelf can also function as wall-mounted support for the TV in which case it can easily double as a media unit for accessories and connected devices. Check out the tutorial for this floating TV shelf featured on prettyhandygirl. It can give you a clear idea of what this project’s requirements are in terms of supplies, tools and also time and effort.

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Most often than not we use floating shelves to store, display and organize books. You don’t need to own a very large collection in order to be proud. In fact, small collections of books and magazines give you the opportunity to build some quirky floating bookshelves like the ones featured on familyhandyman. These are designed to be installed at an angle.

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Picture ledge shelves are perfect for display purposes because they allow you specifically to draw attention to your favorite framed photos or decorations and to create a gallery wall that has style and personality. The idea is great for spaces such as hallways, entryways or pretty much for any empty wall in the house. You can find more details about the project on thecraftpatchblog.

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If you like the look of natural, unfinished wood, especially of live-edge pieces or tree trunk tables, you can apply some of those concepts to make some really unique shelves. A super cool idea, for example, is to turn firewood into floating shelves by cutting the wood pieces so they have to adjacent flat sides. On instructables you can find all the details needed for this little DIY project.