Shelving and Shelves Buying Guide

From wall boxes turned into nightstands to rows and rows of bookshelves for the avid hardcover collector, shelving and shelves are great for adding storage, function, and decorative items to your home.

Types of Shelving and Shelves

Types of Shelving and Shelves

Are you tired of tripping over books stacked at your bedside? Want to supply some order to the many DVDs and CDs you've collected over the years? Or how about your bedroom: Lacking space for a nightstand but need a spot to place a lamp and a clock? Shelves and shelving units can come to your rescue. Choose from bookshelves, media storage, corner shelves, freestanding shelving, glass shelves, floating shelves, metal shelves, shelf brackets, shelf organizers, shelving units, wall boxes, wall-mount shelving, and wire shelving.

Bookshelves

Bookshelves are common in nearly every size and style of home. They are typically about 12 inches deep, and vary in height and width depending on the design.

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Media Storage

Media storage may be drawers, doors, or shelves, sized appropriately to accommodate CDs, DVDs, and videos.

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Sauder
$165.99 $112.79

Made of engineered wood in a Carolina oak finish. Holds 140 VHS tapes and 120 oversized VHS tapes. Holds 272 DVDs or 352 CDs. Key ...lock for safe storage with 2 adjustable shelves. Dimensions: 23.47W x 13.82D x 43.78H inches. read more

Sauder
$39.99 $37.99

Find Media Storage at Target.com! Beginnings Multimedia 3 Shelf Storage Tower - Cinnamon Cherry - Sauder Size: 8.1 x 12.4 x 35.8. ...Color: Espresso. read more

Wood Shed
$193.47

About this item Finish: Honey Oak Eight shelves. Capacity: 112 CD's. Made from solid oak. 7.5 in. W x 6.5 in. D x 52 in. H Specifi...cations Shipping Weight (in pounds): 36.0 Assembled in Country of Origin: USA and/or Imported Origin of Components: USA... read more

Wood Shed
$176.53

About this item Finish: Honey Oak Capacity: 220 CD's. Made from solid oak. Honey oak finish. 24.25 in. W x 7.25 in. D x 24.5 in. H... Specifications Shipping Weight (in pounds): 45.0 Assembled in Country of Origin: USA and/or Imported Origin of... read more

Corner Shelves

Corner shelves tuck into corners, providing a function for what can be wasted space where two walls intersect.

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Freestanding Shelving

Freestanding shelving does not need to be placed on another piece of furniture or secured permanently to the wall, although it may have a mechanism that prevents it from tipping over. These units come in a range of heights and widths.

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Glass Shelves

Glass shelves may look delicate, but depending on the width and span, they can be extremely sturdy. These may be clear or another type of glass.

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Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are single shelves that appear to be suspended with no help at all; in fact, they are secured to the wall behind them.

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Metal Shelves

Metal shelves are often open on the sides and back, with shelves that may be adjusted to various heights.

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Shelf Brackets

Shelf brackets are the underside pieces used to support the shelf above. These may be decorative in nature or simple and functional.

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Shelf Organizers

Shelf organizers are an excellent way of dividing shelves into coherent spaces, each with a different function or dedicated item. These may be horizontal or vertical, and attach to the shelves or stand on their own.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$11.58 $8.69

Better Homes and Gardens 6-Shelf Organizer, Grey:Reinforced shelves resist saggingDurable metal hooks hang from most closet rods4 ...fabric side pockets for added storageDimensions: 12"W x 12"D x 54"H (30.48 cm x 30.48 cm x 137.16 cm)Closet shelf organizer is suitable for storing a wide variety of clothing items read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.88

Better Homes and Gardens 4-Shelf Organizer:Reinforced shelvesDurable Metal hooks hang from most closet rodsVersatile clothing bar ...for added hanging space read more

Hafele
$126.00 $100.80

4.5" Wide 2-Tier Base Cabinet Pull Out Organizer with Full-Extension Slides Turn a narrow cabinet into fully accessible pull out s...torage with this 2-tier pull out. This unit features full extension slides with self-closing action, can install on right or left and includes door mounting brackets. Hafele is committed to finding better ways and it shows in their innovative and beautiful line of kitchen products. These products will lead to better organization in your kitchen and the peace of mind that comes with Hafele brand products. Besides quality and beauty, Hafele is committed to reducing their environmental impact, so you can buy these products with confidence in every aspect. Features: 4.313" Width x 18.875" Depth x 19.313" Height Full-extension slides with integrated self-closing action Installs on left or right Includes door mounting brackets Minimum Cabinet: 4.5" Wide x 19.5" Tall x 19.125" Deep read more

Rev-A-Shelf
$234.05 $134.44

434 Series 3" Wall Filler Pull Out Organizer with Stainless Steel Panel Now everyone can utilize and personalize the space wasted ...behind decorative fillers with this ground-breaking storage option. This cabinet transforms decorative fillers into storage pullouts. It features full-extension ball bearing slides, black accessory hooks and pegs and magnetic grade stainless steel panel that provides endless storage customization from keys to kitchen utensils. Wasted space is a thing of the past! Rev-A-Shelf is the world's largest manufacturer of functional storage organizing products. Rev-A-Shelf can offer both the professional and the homeowner the finest cabinet storage solutions available. Features: Dimensions: 3" Width x 11.125" Depth x 30" Height Contains fully assembled organizer with a variety of hooks and pegs 100 lb. weight rated full-extension slides 1 shelf with magnetic steel panel Easy Installation: attach to adjacent cabinets and add a filler front and decorative only For maximum customizability, filler front panel is customer provided read more

Shelving Units

Shelving units are modular pieces that offer multiple configurations—shelves of differing heights, for example—that fit together as a single piece. These are sometimes attached to the wall or sit on the floor.

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Honey-Can-Do
$117.87

Create visible, accessible storage space instantly with Honey-Can-Do industrial shelving systems. Durable enough for the garage, w...orkshop, or commercial business; this unit is capable of withstanding an amazing 250 lbs. per shelf of evenly distributed... read more

Husky
$199.00

Perfect for organizing your garage or workshop, Husky's Steel Shelving Unit measures 78 in. tall, 77 in. wide and 24 in. deep. The... four adjustable wire shelves provide ample storage space to accommodate a variety of heavy items, each shelf supporting... read more

HDX
$125.99 $107.09

This 6-Shelf Wire Shelving Unit features a durable black finish and is easy to set up with no tools required. Its classic design f...eatures adjustable shelves to accommodate changing storage needs and a wide variety of item sizes. Perfect for home and... read more

Muscle Rack
$146.24 $131.62

This Muscle Rack features heavy-duty industrial grade welded steel frames and beams provide maximum strength. Up to 2000 lb. capac...ity per shelf of evenly distributed loads. Assembles in minutes without tools, nuts or bolts. 3 shelf levels with wire... read more

Wall Boxes

Wall boxes are just that: A box—sometimes with a back, sometimes not—that's secured to the wall. These offer the added benefit of a top shelf that can be used to display photos or other items.

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Wall-Mount Shelving

Wall-mount shelving uses screws or some other mechanism to secure the shelf to the wall. These may be small, single shelves, or larger pieces that offer more storage.

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Wire Shelving

Industrial in look and hardworking in function, wire shelving works well in contemporary spaces, as well as in closets or pantries that have doors to hide it.

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R&B Wire Products
$218.98

These bright shiny chrome plated units are as versatile as they are practical. Four sturdy 24in x 36in wire shelves have full shel...f length center supports for outstanding strength. Shelves are adjustable in 1in increments. Each shelf can hold up to 500... read more

Alera
$37.44

Specification Type: Drawer Cabinets General Brand: Alera Model: SW58-1818SR Features Features: Ideal storage solution for ind Size...: 18 x 18. Color: Black. Age Group: Adult. read more

Seville Classics
$156.99

Keep your mud room, garage or office organized with this heavy-duty, sturdy steel wire shelving system. The industrial strength sh...elving system offers durable shelves to store heavy tools, household supplies, machinery and small outdoor equipment weighing up to 600 pounds or 100 pounds when the wheels are attached. Wheel this organizing system from one room to the next so your tools and supplies are within reach, or assemble as a standalone unit to hold work boots and tools in the garage or umbrellas, coats and snow boots in the mudroom. This shelving unit also functions as an organizer for your laundry room, walk-in closet or pantry to keep your life and your household organized. Commercial-grade shelving system is constructed with metal for a sturdy support system in any room Zinc-plated steel finish matches existing wall colors or decor Includes five shelves measuring 18"(D) x 48"(W) for ample storage Includes four 72" poles to anchor the shelving unit into place and a set of four leveling feet and four 3" wheels Shelves can withstand up to 500 pounds when evenly distributed on leveling feet or 100 pounds when wheels are attached Unit includes enough necessary slip-sleeves for five shelves to keep your items in place The NSF certified shelving unit measures at 18"(D) x 48"(W) x 72-75"(H) Do not move when loaded Color: Clear. read more

Seville Classics
$68.49

Organize your home, office, warehouse, or storeroom with this zinc-plated steel wire shelving system. This shelving system will le...nd a clean organizational element wherever you may need it. UltraZinc Finish which provides a soft bright metallic finish This heavy-duty wire shelving system is NSF listed for commercial use Includes: Four (4) tier shelving system/16 pair slip sleeves Materials: Steel Finish: Zinc-plated Do not move shelving unit when loaded Assembles without tools, bolts or screws Can be easily adjusted at one-inch intervals Pole diameter: 1 inch dimensions Unit dimensions: 14 inches wide x 36 inches long x 54 inches high (57 inches with wheels) Weight limit: 350 pounds per shelf evenly distributed on adjustable leveling feet Assembly Required. Color: Grey. read more

Product Features

Product Features

You may have selected the most unusual, inventive bookshelf, made of an unexpected combination of materials and providing shelving or shelves that are unusual in appearance and function. Whether that's the case or your shelf or shelving unit is the most basic on the market, certain common product features apply. Those include material, dimensions/span, and compartments. Here's information to help guide your purchases.

Material

As demonstrated by the types of shelves and shelving, these storage pieces may be made of anything from wood to plastic to metal. The type and thickness of each material will affect the durability of the shelf and the weight it can support.

Dimensions/Span

Thoroughly review the items you need or wish to store on the shelf or shelving unit before making a purchase in order to best determine dimensions. For example, if you have oversize art books to store, you will want to find a bookshelf with more depth.

Compartments

Many shelves or shelving units are subdivided further into compartments, which may make it easier to store items based on type, color, or other factors.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

At first glance, shelves and shelving units may appear to be a straightforward purchase: a horizontal length of material on which to place books and knickknacks. But a few purchase considerations affect not only the use, but the setup commitment (or lack of it). Those include installation, anti-tipping, appearance, and placement. Before you purchase shelves or shelving units for your room or your whole home, review these factors.

Installation

For avid do-it-yourselfers, installing shelves and shelving may be a snap. But more complicated pieces have particular requirements—finding the stud, installing hidden screws—that you should be aware of.

Anti-Tipping

Any shelf that's placed on the floor against a wall should be secured in some way to prevent accidental tipping, either due to a person or the contents. This is particularly important when young children are in the home.

Appearance

For those shelving and shelf pieces that will be out in the open—design elements in a room much like tables and chairs—appearance is much more important than those hidden in a closet or pantry.

Placement

In order to add shelves or shelving to your rooms, you must have a place for them—be it inside a closet or under a window. Measure carefully and think about how the dimensions may affect aspects such as traffic patterns and placement of other furniture pieces.

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Better Homes and Gardens
$14.97 $12.93

Better Homes and Gardens Floating Shelf:Easy to mountMounting hardware includedWall floating shelf is made of particle board, stee...l and melamineAvailable in 12", 24" and 36"Available in black, espresso, oak and white read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$19.97 $18.73

Better Homes and Gardens Floating Shelf:Easy to mountMounting hardware includedWall floating shelf is made of particle board, stee...l and melamineAvailable in 12", 24" and 36"Available in black, espresso, oak and white read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.77 $9.15

Better Homes and Gardens 24" Floating Shelf, Oak:50mm hollow board with melamineHardware for mounting includedOak finishDimensions...: 23.625"L x 9.875"W x 2"H (60.01 cm x 25.08 cm x 5.08 cm) read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$19.97 $18.75

Better Homes and Gardens Floating Shelf:Easy to mountMounting hardware includedWall floating shelf is made of particle board, stee...l and melamineAvailable in 12", 24" and 36"Available in black, espresso, oak and white read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$19.97 $17.42

Better Homes and Gardens Floating Shelf:Easy to mountMounting hardware includedWall floating shelf is made of particle board, stee...l and melamineAvailable in 12", 24" and 36"Available in black, espresso, oak and white read more

Ironton
$69.99 $49.99

This Ironton Wire Shelving System is great for organizing your garage or office. The shelves are easily adjusted for changing need...s. Snap-together slip sleeve design can be assembled in minutes. Steel with black powder-coat finish. Includes posts,... read more

Kohler
$349.00 $261.75

Kohler K-99678-SH9-1WR Universal Natural Maple Adjustable Shelf with Electrical Outlets for 36" One Door/Three Drawer Tailored Van...ity. Bathroom Vanities > Accessories. This adjustable shelf includes built-in electrical outlets on the front edge, so you... read more

Kohler
$349.00 $261.75

Kohler K-99678-SH11-1WR Universal Natural Maple Adjustable Shelf with Electrical Outlets for 36" One Door/Three Drawer Tailored Va...nity. Bathroom Vanities > Accessories. This adjustable shelf includes built-in electrical outlets on the front edge, so... read more

Kohler
$149.00 $111.75

Kohler K-99677-SH9-1WR Universal Natural Maple Adjustable Shelf for 36" One Door/Three Drawer Tailored Vanity. Bathroom Vanities >... Accessories. Expand and customize your vanity storage, This adjustable shelf is designed to fit select vanities in the... read more

HDX
$125.99 $107.09

This 6-Shelf Wire Shelving Unit features a durable black finish and is easy to set up with no tools required. Its classic design f...eatures adjustable shelves to accommodate changing storage needs and a wide variety of item sizes. Perfect for home and... read more

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