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19+ Easy Storage Shelving Ideas You Can DIY Today

Are you ready to add both style and functionality to your home? DIY storage shelves are the perfect beginner project to try no matter what your style is. Even if you’ve never picked up a power tool before, we’ve got you covered with simple and practical shelf ideas that will add extra storage space to any room.

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Tips For Installing Shelves

  • Locate Wall Studs: Before mounting shelves, use a stud finder to locate wall studs. Attaching shelves to studs provides better support and stability.
  • Use Appropriate Anchors: If you can’t attach shelves to wall studs, use high-quality wall anchors suitable for the weight of the shelves and the items you plan to place on them. Just make sure you follow the recommended limits so that you do not put too much weight on these shelves.
  • Level and Measure: Ensure that your DIY wall shelves are level and evenly spaced. Use a bubble level and measuring tape for accuracy. No one wants a crooked top shelf.
  • Pre-Drill Holes: Before screwing or attaching brackets to the wall, pre-drill holes to prevent splitting the wood or damaging the wall.
  • Freestanding Shelves: Consider anchoring or using safety measures for any freestanding shelf or bookcase. You do not want a child to be able to tip a shelf frame over.

Easy Shelving Ideas

Not everyone wants to get out power tools, like a circular saw to build their own freestanding or wall shelves. While some of the shelves on this require some tools there are no crazy detailed woodworking plans required.

Here are a few easy DIY projects that can be done with minimal tools and time.


How can I build shelves without power tools?

Most likely you will want to use a drill to help install most wall shelving. You can always ask a hardware store to precut wood boards to size to limit the power tools needed.

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Building your own shelves doesn’t have to be hard and can easily reflect your style with the added bonus of adding extra storage. Whether you choose rustic, modern, or eclectic designs, these ideas can help you create a more organized and beautiful living space.

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