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.
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.
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.
Using shelf brackets is one of the easiest ways to install shelving. Pipe flanges can help turn that blank wall into extra storage. While this bathroom shelf uses reclaimed wood you can get a custom look to fit your home decor with different colors, wooden boards or wood stains.
You can use different types of shelves in unique ways. Spray-painting IKEA spice racks create a practical shelf for your baby's room. Be able to easily display small items and memories in very little time.
Again, a wall shelf with a bracket is one of the easiest open shelving you can make. You can even ask a hardware store to cut your wood boards for you. Just double check your brackets are level and have fun adding your own decor to the empty space.
This brilliant and easy shelf idea uses premade crates to create division in a studio apartment. We love that this bookcase provides storage and functionality to this small space. It is hard to believe that this was made for under $100!
Do you want to grow plants indoors, but just don't have access to natural light? This DIY shelving project is perfect to get you the extra storage to not only display those flower pots but also a place to let those plants grow.
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.
Erin Nutter is the DIY enthusiast, writer and photographer behind TheDIYNuts.com. She loves sharing her passion for do-it-yourself projects along with her husband, Eric. As an artist, mother, and lover of all things DIY she hopes to inspire you to be creative to make a life and home you love.