6 Stylish DIY Shelves

Simple shelving ideas with innovative style can change the look and feel of your rooms. Check out our instructions for six different ways to build your own shelves with ease.

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A simple solution to many storage woes is as easy as installing a shelf. Leverage your extra space by filling it with artwork or using it as a small table or desk. Below, we'll show you our favorite shelving projects for various rooms in your home. You'll love the versatility of built-in shelves in the entryway and the functionality of a bathroom shelf that doubles as a medicine cabinet. Pick a favorite project and learn how to build your own shelves using our expert tips below. 

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Entryway Floorboard Shelf

If your entryway is too narrow for a table or bench, hang DIY shelves instead, and then use them to harbor mail and artwork. This foyer didn't need much extra space; just a place to drop keys and wallets as you walk in the door. A bracket shelf made from the home's old floorboards added the perfect amount of storge space to hold a small basket for drop-zone clutter. 

Learn how to make this unique shelf here. 

Hanging Rope Shelf

The key to a unique space is to rethink the ways you see everyday objects, such as tables, lights, or shelves. This bathroom needed some extra storage for pampering products, so instead of hiding behind cabinet doors, we put everything on display with DIY hanging shelves. The spa-inspired design is made with wood boards and heavy-duty rope. It's easy to make and matches well with every style.

Learn how to make a hanging rope shelf here. 

DIY Ladder Shelf

This project gives a whole new meaning to the term "ladder shelf." Instead of leaning against a wall with gradually increasing shelf sizes, this set of shelves stands on its own and is sandwiched between two ladders. Here, it works great in a farmhouse style kitchen hold everyday items to quickly grab and put away. This project is perfect if small wall shelf ideas just won't cut it for the amount of supplies you need to store. 

Learn how to make a ladder shelf here. 

Bedside Shelf

In a small bedroom, you may want to sway your bedside table plans for some smart shelving ideas. Elegant curved brackets and a plain board trimmed with carved molding make this dreamy bedside table. It boasts all the space you need for bedtime necessities and doesn't take up much-needed floor space. Use the open area below to store decorative baskets for blankets or install more floating shelves for a shoe rack. 

Here's how to build and install one yourself.

Cabinet Floating Shelves

It's hard to choose between cabinets and shelves, especially in the bathroom. This ingenious bathroom hack turn your cabinets on their sides to make custom floating shelves that have double, or triple, the storage space. Here, new drawer pulls make it easy to lower the cabinet door. You have the freedom to place candles, soap, and small frames on top of the shelves, and hide towels and messy bottles behind closed doors. 

See how we made these shelves here. 

Bathroom Shelf Combo

In a tiny bathroom, small floating shelves can stand in for a medicine cabinet. They can also be slighlty modified to hold a towel, too. We did both of those things with this double-duty DIY wall shelf in an all-teal bathroom. Use our tips to learn how to install a dowel rod between shelf brackets for a handy fix to a cramped space. 

Find the instructions here. 

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