Floating shelves are a perfect solution for small homes. They fit into tiny nooks, they take up less visual space by not using heavy brackets, and they can even do double duty as nightstands or entry tables. They also can update an old room scheme with their more contemporary and clean look. Try them in the nook over the toilet, turn a closet into a home office with floating shelf storage, or use them to create the perfect space to display your collections without using up valuable table space. We found some great DIY floating shelf projects for you from great bloggers, so think about where you can use these to save space and “modern up the place”!

DIY floating shelves



Our featured project, above, is from Desert Domicile. She shows you exactly how she made those DIY chunky wooden floating shelves for $15!

And just to show you that you can do this, Misadventures of the Cranes took Desert Domicile’s tutorial and gave it a shot on their own for their floating bathroom shelves. See how they did it too!



From Popular Mechanics, how to build a floating wall shelf, with plans!





From Vintage Revivals, these DIY industrial modern floating shelves are right up my alley. These would work in almost any style room, and remember what I said about updating? These would definitely do it! Great tutorial with lots of photos.

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The Sweet Survival made these mini bookshelves for their sons room, and they just go to show that you can make this design in more than one style, for many purposes. Great instructions on how they did this!



‘The Nest’ made these stylish shelves out of a pallet. They are designed a little differently from the other projects here, and I like their rustic tone.



From Honey Do This, these floating shelves from scratch are very modern looking and cool… love the instructions!



Jenna Sue Designs made these DIY rustic floating shelves for her kitchen, and I love them being used as open shelving! Great tutorial.



Kendra from Pots, Pans and Paintbrushes created this DIY floating mantel shelf as a guest post for Remodelaholic. I love how different it is, but definitely commands attention.



Lastly, From The Winthrop Chronicles, these DIY floating shelves were repurposed from old interior doors. What a great way to re-use!


Image Credits: the nest, Desert Domicile, Vintage Revivals, Honey Do This, Jenna Sue Designs, Remodelaholic, Winthrop Chronicles



  1. Wendi @ H2OBungalow May 1, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Excellent round up! Floating shelves are one of may favorite ways to add useable decorating space in our small home. Love the info you share. Following you on all medias now.

  2. Rick June 23, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Hey there Kathy! Really nice round-up! Thanks for the share!

  3. SuesAkornShop February 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    I adore all of these floating shelves!


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