Open floor plans are a great way to create a free-flowing space and utilizing wall mounted wood floating shelves can enhance this aspect even more. There’s lots of ways to create in-cabinet organizing solutions for upper wall cabinetry, but what about open shelving ideas?
We suspect you’re on the search for that very thing, if so, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled some affordable options that can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, home office or even in areas like hallways. Many of these are a simple DIY project easily handled over a weekend.
- Best Choice – Bleecker Station Shelves with Industrial Pipe Brackets
- Premium Choice – Del Hutson Designs Floating Shelves
- Best Value – SODUKU Wall Mounted Floating Storage Shelves
- Best Bathroom Shelves – KANKEI Rustic Wall Mounted Floating Shelves
- Best Shelf Brackets – BAYKA Floating Shelves Wall Mounted
- Best Rustic Shelves – Imperative Décor Rustic Wood Floating Shelves
- Best Display Shelves – Greenco Floating U-Shaped Shelves
- Best Sectional Wall Shelves – Greenco Cube Wall Mounted Floating Shelves
Best Floating Shelves
How to Choose Floating Wood Shelves
There’s lots of nuances when it comes to wood floating shelves. It comes down to working with your space efficiently and selecting the best options for your particular needs.
Floating Shelf Length
- There’s various lengths to choose from. From small 9 inch lengths all the way up to 36 inch lengths. Measure your wall space and select the best option for your room. *Often times open shelves can end up looking smaller in a room after you get them installed.
- Do you know what you are going to store on your floating wood shelves? Measure those items and make sure you are getting the proper length and depth of shelves. Whether it’s books, dvds, plants or dishes, knowing what you are going to use it for can help in the end.
Floating Shelf Weight Capacity
- Heavier items are going to require a solid wood shelf structure. Not only is the actual shelf important, but how you secure it to the wall is also crucial.
- Select a floating shelf made of real wood.
- Make sure your floating shelf has hardware to anchor it to wall studs.
- Most are rated for 10-50 pounds per individual shelf.
Best Wood for Floating Shelves
- The best wood is any hardwood like solid walnut, oak, pine, maple or mahogany to name a few.
- Rough cut wood is more raw and will show some impurities.
- Finished or unfinished? some floating shelves will come finished with a stain or clear coat and some will come unfinished and paintable.
Our take away…
We noticed that many options suggest to use wall anchors. Lots of the customer reviews on the products mentioned upgrading those anchors to add more stability.
When using heavier items on the shelves this can help secure and protect the wall and the shelves from any damages.
All of these are top rated products, so we do like many features of each. However, we like the Bleecker Station Wood Shelves. They seem to be more of a permanent solution, which may be good or bad depending on your ultimate goal. Also check out the Del Hutson shelves if you are looking for a longer shelf. They have a 36″ version to consider.
Nonetheless, these seem sturdy and relatively easy to install. Check out the DIY video included to make and assemble your own floating shelves too.
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