The 9 Best Floating Shelves of 2021
Overall, we recommend the Gracie Oaks Joao 2 Piece Poplar Solid Wood Floating Shelf (view at Wayfair) because the set of two shelves is offered in multiple finishes and sizes, easy to install, and is made of durable wood. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the BAMEOS Floating Shelf (view at Amazon) because it's easy to install and is offered in multiple colors.
As you’ve probably noticed, floating shelves are available in all sorts of materials, from compressed cardboard to solid steel. Choosing the right material mostly depends on where your shelf will be placed. Steel shelves are the best option for kitchens or bathrooms since they’re the easiest to clean and won’t warp, and they generally have a sleek profile. Wood shelves, especially those with a live edge, can basically be considered decor on their own since they’ll add a rustic touch wherever you put them.
Before you buy any floating shelf, decide what you’re going to put on it. Some of the more budget-friendly options we love aren’t able to hold heavier items, such as a stack of books. Also, keep in mind that some floating shelves should be installed directly into wall studs and will require a stud finder. For smaller shelves or those loaded with lightweight items, you can safely install them with drywall anchors.
Yes, lips. Floating picture ledges, kitchen shelves, and bathroom shelves should ideally have some kind of raised edge that prevents toiletries (or precious artwork) from tumbling to the ground. For artwork, a shelf with a lip is non-negotiable, whereas, for bathroom or kitchen shelves, you could go either way. It mostly depends on your style preference, but keep in mind that a raised lip or guardrail will help you keep spices or toiletries neatly in place day after day.
Because they'll be holding potentially heavy decor — and are often heavy themselves — floating shelves often come equipped with installation hardware that includes drywall anchors. Simply follow the instructions that came with your floating shelves. Keep in mind for optimal sturdiness you should hang your floating shelf on a wall stud, which you can find with a stud finder. A leveler can help you ensure you're hanging it straight, too.
Floating shelves are a good way to make use of vertical space in any room, and depending on what type of shelf you buy, they can be versatile. Lighter-weight floating shelves are great for picture frames. vases, candles, and small plants. Heavy-duty floating shelves in kitchens, bedrooms, or living rooms can be used for storage, displaying books, or decanting. Add in decor of your choice to boost the room's aesthetic.
That's up to you. In general, aim to hang floating shelves as you would artwork, ideally 4-6 feet from the floor. If you are hanging a floating shelf above furniture, such as a desk, dresser, or couch, hang it 10-12 inches above the top.
Tim Minerd covers furniture, home decor, and lighting for MyDomaine and The Spruce. He enjoys organizing spices alphabetically, testing out towels, and long walks through IKEA, and is the proud father of 11 succulents. To make this list, he considered each pick's weight capacity, lips, and material. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Abramson, a writer who has worked as editor for local print and online publications. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, InStyle, MyDomaine, and more.
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It’s in the $ 100 Room Challenge that I made these long floating shelves. It was my third participation in this challenge. If you want to see all the adventures I had this time renovating the family room, click on the following links:
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5
Long floating shelves
If you have already read some post on my website you probably know that I’m a big fan of Shanty 2 Chic. It’s on their website that I found instructions on how to make these floating shelves.
But my shelves, in addition to being stuck between two walls, were not the same size. So I stubbornly did what I thought and followed more or less their instructions. And, once again, I learned several things I shouldn’t do! Thanks to my husband for helping me, otherwise, I think I would still be trying to install them!!
It had to cost me as little as possible for the $100 Room Challenge. Therefore, the depth of the shelves was determined by the number of planks I was able to get into a 4 ‘x 8’ plywood.
If you watch closely you’ll say: Why 5 planks Natalie? For 2 shelves, you only need 4 (2 above and 2 below)?
Well, it’s because my wall measures 9 ‘- 6″ to complicate things 🙁
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Steps to follow and not to follow!
I cut 14 pieces of 7-3 /4″ length in the 2 “x3”. Then, I made 2 pocket holes with the Kreg jig on each piece at one end only.
To make sure it’s solid, I found the studs in the wall and marked the long 2″x3″. Then I drilled holes with a countersink drill bit so that the screws get in the studs. (With this picture, you understand that “I” is not me !!! 😉 )
That’s when I should’ve installed IMMEDIATELY the small 7-3/4″ pieces! But my husband had to leave and since we had to be 2 in order to set it to level, we installed the 2 “x3” on the wall immediately.
What I learned is that screwing through pocket holes takes some strength. Strength that I would have had if I had been on the floor with the drill pointing down. But now, with the drill pointing to the wall and my feet on a stool, it was simply impossible. So I was trying to save time but still had to wait for my husband to return to help me. Frustrating !!! 😒
You see the green pieces of tape? That’s the only good shot I did on this project!😂 It showed me where the small boards were when it was time to nail the top and bottom.
When buying the plywood, I immediately made the store cut 5 sheets of 9-1 /4″ otherwise it would not have even entered the car!
I undertook to immediately attach a piece of plywood to the other piece of 8 feet to fit the length of my wall. BIG MISTAKE. Using pocket holes in 1/2″ plywood doesn’t work very well.
Even to fix the front, it would pass through from time to time. I ended up putting a few brackets like these.
Here are the shelves once assembled.
A few coats of stain and varnish later …
The shelves were then fixed with a nail gun, taking care to nail in the 2″x3″ I had previously marked with green tape.
What I should have done instead
I should have simply cut the pieces and not attempt to assemble them together before putting them on the wall. It would have been so much easier to nail them on the anchors on pieces at a time!
- The walls are never fully levelled and it’s almost impossible to get everything to fit perfectly! (If you knew how many times we went back to cut the planks!)
- Do not try to skip steps to go faster, it never works!
- The pocket holes in a 1/2 inch of material, it is not recommended. I will definitely buy a 3/4″ plywood next time.
- Use a nail gun and fill the holes, it is totally doable even if you stain. (the girls from Shanty 2 Chic use this wood filler and I promise myself to buy and use it next time!)
- Make construction during winter in Quebec, between two snowstorms, when your tools are in the shed = never again! 😆
Remember to go take a look to see all the stages of the $100 Room Challenge
Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5
Especially the post about the making of this vintage map.
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UselessAudreyArrived broken so very cheaply made1
Just BeautifulLISAInstalled two shelves in my home office. They look so good. Only minor disappointment was the back edge was chipped and dented. Against the wall you cannot see it but better packaging on the bracket side would prevent that. Otherwise, it would have been straight 5 stars!5
Nice easy shelf to display the models I buildRobertI had been looking for a shelf like this that comes straight off the wall and this fit the bill. I build plastic models and display them on bookshelves but with our high ceilings I also wanted to use the wall. They are very light so this shelf fit the bill. Easy to install and it works perfectly.5
Great productThomFor the price, the quality and color selection are unmatched. I have about 6 of these shelves they are great.5
Great floating shelvesKristiI have these shelves in bedrooms, laundry room and mud room. It really fits into many decors and is a sturdy, well built shelf that can hold a lot.5
Great productRyanProduct looks great, and installs easy.5
Doesn’t secure to wall properlyMarkYou can’t put anything with any weight on this at all I’m gonna have to buy shelving brackets for the bottom pretty sad2
No-frills, great shelvesJessicaI purchased the largest size Lack and even with weight on it, it hangs straight and was easy to install. Note-- for a perfect hang, use ALL the hardware holes and make sure to anchor each. Yes it's tedious but you'll thank yourself.5
LackElizabethEasy to install , also metal bass provides enough support, looks really nice. I would recommend it to my friends and family.5
We got what we expectedBatiaLove the shelf. the only problem was the spacing of the screw distance. Otherwise easy to hand and holds well5
BeautifulPamela A.Love it! No brackets, holds a lot of weight.5
Easy to installVANESSAall you need is a level and drywall screws with anchors5
Love these!SusanLove these!5
Love this shelf!LThis shelf is beautiful! Wish I could buy a few more but it appears Ikea has discontinued this item5
Not suitable to everyone!ANNAWithout brackets, it can't be put up to my wall.1
Lack shelfSusan S.Perfect shelf. Easy place on wall. Excellent width and length5
Great ShelfEstherI wanted a shelf under a Billy wall-mounted bookshelf above my TV. The Lack does the job perfectly holding just a few books that we read often ... BUT, installation required drilling extra holes in the bracket so I could mount it on studs instead of just plaster wall. Lack isn't designed for the 16" standard stud spacing in the U.S., but I managed and glad I gave it a try. I'm a female handy-woman, age 78 ... and feel great that I made it work.5
just what we were looking forJames H.Building a set of shelving to go over the top of our queen sized bed. It is the perfect size and relatively easy to install.5
Good product with good valueHIROKIGood product with good value5
Lack loveShayI am in love with the lack collection. I have all pieces in different areas of my home. This extra long white I am currently using in my pantry for extra storage. They are pretty easy to put up, and look really good up. I have one over my bed, and I stuck a few LED push lights from dollar tree to the bottom. It's been great for late night reading. I highly recommend the LACK collection.5
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