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The 9 Best Floating Shelves of 2021
Overall, we recommend the Gracie Oaks Joao 2 Piece Poplar Solid Wood Floating Shelf (view at Wayfair) because the set of two shelves is offered in multiple finishes and sizes, easy to install, and is made of durable wood. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the BAMEOS Floating Shelf (view at Amazon) because it's easy to install and is offered in multiple colors.
As you’ve probably noticed, floating shelves are available in all sorts of materials, from compressed cardboard to solid steel. Choosing the right material mostly depends on where your shelf will be placed. Steel shelves are the best option for kitchens or bathrooms since they’re the easiest to clean and won’t warp, and they generally have a sleek profile. Wood shelves, especially those with a live edge, can basically be considered decor on their own since they’ll add a rustic touch wherever you put them.
Before you buy any floating shelf, decide what you’re going to put on it. Some of the more budget-friendly options we love aren’t able to hold heavier items, such as a stack of books. Also, keep in mind that some floating shelves should be installed directly into wall studs and will require a stud finder. For smaller shelves or those loaded with lightweight items, you can safely install them with drywall anchors.
Yes, lips. Floating picture ledges, kitchen shelves, and bathroom shelves should ideally have some kind of raised edge that prevents toiletries (or precious artwork) from tumbling to the ground. For artwork, a shelf with a lip is non-negotiable, whereas, for bathroom or kitchen shelves, you could go either way. It mostly depends on your style preference, but keep in mind that a raised lip or guardrail will help you keep spices or toiletries neatly in place day after day.
Because they'll be holding potentially heavy decor — and are often heavy themselves — floating shelves often come equipped with installation hardware that includes drywall anchors. Simply follow the instructions that came with your floating shelves. Keep in mind for optimal sturdiness you should hang your floating shelf on a wall stud, which you can find with a stud finder. A leveler can help you ensure you're hanging it straight, too.
Floating shelves are a good way to make use of vertical space in any room, and depending on what type of shelf you buy, they can be versatile. Lighter-weight floating shelves are great for picture frames. vases, candles, and small plants. Heavy-duty floating shelves in kitchens, bedrooms, or living rooms can be used for storage, displaying books, or decanting. Add in decor of your choice to boost the room's aesthetic.
That's up to you. In general, aim to hang floating shelves as you would artwork, ideally 4-6 feet from the floor. If you are hanging a floating shelf above furniture, such as a desk, dresser, or couch, hang it 10-12 inches above the top.
Tim Minerd covers furniture, home decor, and lighting for MyDomaine and The Spruce. He enjoys organizing spices alphabetically, testing out towels, and long walks through IKEA, and is the proud father of 11 succulents. To make this list, he considered each pick's weight capacity, lips, and material. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Abramson, a writer who has worked as editor for local print and online publications. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, InStyle, MyDomaine, and more.
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Storage and organization are among the most important points in home décor. Shelving units, sideboards, dressers, buffets and other elements are necessary in every home and they can not only provide storage but also bring decorative value. This is totally true about hanging/ suspended shelves that we are going to share today. Why them? They perfectly fi modern, boho and just relaxed interiors looking lightweight while providing enough storage space. Let’s take a look!
Hanging shelves are super lightweight and cool – they can fit boho, industrial, minimalist, modern and contemporary spaces. You may hang wood or plywood shelves or go bold with rough wood or painted wood for a glam space. Ropes are traditional for many interiors from nautical to boho, threads for more minimalist spaces, leather cords for industrial and boho rooms, macramé cords for boho spaces. They can be larger or smaller, used for many kids of items and you’ll enjoy the non-typical look.
simple and elegant hanging shelves with several threads attached to the rings on the wall for a boho feel
simple and chic shelves with contrastign black threads and little rings on the walls for a modern or boho chic space
minimalist hanging shelves - two color block ones with a pastel edge on a wooden holder
a cool and easy hanging shelf of a thick wood slice and ropes can be easily DIYed and will add a dreamy feel to the space
a metal holder with several matching shelves that are different in size will add texture and a fun color touch to the space
mini hanging shelves with macrame cords and ropes and with tassels are nice to hold planters
hanging shelves of wood and leather like these ones can become your own rustic wall garden
creative minimalist shelves with sleek triangular shapes and air plants will be a perfect wall garden
chic wood and leather hanging shelves are fast to make and leather adds texture to the space
an easy hanging shelf of a cutting board and some macrame cords with a copper planter looks very boho-like
Hanging Shelving Units
Hanging shelving units are extremely popular for home décor, they have a great advantage: they look lightweight while holding no less stuff than usual shelves and they don’t take floor space unlike dressers and sideboards. Your hanging shelving units can be very different: you can go classics with regular placement of shelves or hang them asymmetrically on different heights making the unit eye-catchy. You may also go for different sizes and arrange the shelves as a triangle. As the floor space isn’t taken, you may place some crates and baskets there to hold even more stuff.
a boho hanging shelf composed of several tiers of various sizes, beads on a wooden holder
a fun hanging shelf for fruit with beads and ropes and some succulents on top is a cute and easy idea
a hanging shelving unit with white shelves and simple ropes with long fringe add a boho feel to the glam space
a large hanging shelving unit with thick rustic wooden shelves and thick ropes plus baskets under it for more organization
a large shelving unit with several tiers and thick ropes is a fresh take on a traditional console table that doesn't take floor space
a rustic hanging shelf with ropes and simple wooden shelves can be DIYed for any space of your home
a simple and smart bathroom hanging shelf with thick white shelves and ropes can be easily DIYed
a two-layered hanging shelving unit done with plywood and leather belts is a cool modern idea
a whole hanging shelving unit with several shelves and black ropes looks very contrasting and will fit any boho room
an industrial pipe with a hanging shelving unit with thin plywood tiers and ropes is a cool idea for an industrial space
an oversized hanging shelving unit with ropes and shelves going down to the floor and baskets on the lowest piece
shelving units hanging on ropes with tassels on both sides of the crib is a cool idea that brings a relaxed feel to the space
Shelves cool hanging
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