I love the look of open wall shelves and floating shelves. They are super good looking, functional and DIY friendly.
Cabinets are much more labor and material intensive. If you have a blank wall and a need for extra storage, wall shelves can be just attractive yet much easier to build than cabinets!
There are many ways to build wall shelves. Here is a collection of 16 inspiring DIY tutorials with detailed steps and many great variations on choosing brackets, supports, materials and finishes!
We will start with floating shelves first. These types of wall shelves are very popular because there is no visible hanging hardware and the shelves really look like they are floating. ( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. )
1, 2, 3 & 4. Hidden inner frames
First build hidden inner frames with 1x2s, and screw the frame to the wall studs. A magnetic stud finder is a great tool to help you find studs.
Paint the shelves white for a refreshing look, or stain them a darker color for a more traditional feel.
5 & 6. Got to Love Crates
7 & 8. French Cleat in Two Ways
A French Cleat is a linear bracket capable of supporting lots of weight.
We all know how heavy pallets are. A French cleat is a great solution for hanging a pallet shelf!
The next group of wall shelves are bracket shelves and hanging shelves.