22 Easy DIY Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a perfect solution for small homes. They fit into tiny nooks, they take up less visual space by not using heavy shelf brackets, and they can even do double duty as nightstands or entry tables. They can also update an outdated space with their more contemporary and clean look. Try bathroom floating shelves in the nook over the toilet, turn a closet into a home office with DIY floating shelves, desk & storage, or use them to create the perfect space to display your collections. We found some easy DIY floating shelves for you from some great bloggers, so think about where you can use these to save space and “modern up the place”!



DIY Floating Shelves



DIY Floating Wall Shelves

We are huge fans of using live edge wood in DIY projects. These DIY floating shelves made from alder are perfection. And they are easy! From Rachel at ‘DIY in PDX‘, you can take one look at these floating kitchen shelves and be ready to pull the trigger for your own kitchen! LOVE THESE!


Want free plans for your DIY floating shelves? Try ‘The Sawdust Sisters‘, not only do they have plans for you, they have step by step instructions and photos. These floating shelves could really be used in any room of the home. Easy project!


Learn how to build floating shelves with this how-to from ‘BHG‘. These are a fresh take on wall shelves that gives this room an instant update.


Build floating box shelves with these step by step instructions from ‘Bob Vila‘. These are great for storage in a bathroom or kitchen.We love the geometric shape of these as well from a design perspective.


Fix This, Build That‘ made these incredible DIY floating shelves from firewood. Yep, plain ol’ firewood. They win most creative wall shelf project!


Try these cheap DIY shelves from ‘Desert Domicile‘. She shows you exactly how to make floating shelves for just $15! We love the chunky wood look of these, they look like built ins!

DIY floating shelves


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 shelves. See how they did it too!



From ‘Vintage Revivals‘, these industrial modern DIY 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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Hey There, Home‘ used “Vintage Revivals’ plans (above) and did her own version of these floating wall shelves. You can pick up tips at her tutorial as well!


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



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


DIY Floating Bookshelves

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



DIY Floating Bathroom Shelves

From ‘Not Just a Housewife‘, these DIY floating bathroom shelves are easy and inexpensive to make. She used simple plywood to create the shelves. The wallpaper behind the shelves is the game changer here. Just remember, styling is more important than almost anything else in home design. It doesn’t matter if these shelves cost $500, or just $5, the wallpaper makes them look high end. Great tip!


Lindi from ‘Love, Create, Celebrate‘ shows us how to make these easy DIY floating shelves for the bathroom. Simple project, simple to follow tutorial!


If you want a DIY floating shelf project that is also a towel rack, you’ve found it! From ‘Anika’s DIY Life‘, this ladder wall shelf adds charm to this bathroom, and gives you double duty storage.


DIY Floating Shelves for Plants

These DIY floating shelves for plants are from ‘Fall for DIY‘. They are made from simple birch rounds, and they add so much style to houseplants! You could make a whole vertical garden with these wall shelves.


Want floating shelves for your windows? Try this tutorial from ‘Design Sponge‘! It’s perfect for growing plants in the kitchen or bathroom without blocking light. They use acrylic sheets for these DIY shelves, but you could use glass as well.


DIY Floating Corner Shelves

Got a really tight space? You can squeeze storage and display opportunities out of the smallest spot! These DIY floating corner shelves from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘ are… well, beautiful! Good tutorials with lots of step by step photos. Take back those corner spaces!


More DIY Floating Shelf Projects

From ‘Mother Daughter Projects’ via ‘Instructables‘, try these DIY floating shelves with storage. We love the antique drawer front they used to make the front of this wall shelf.


You can use the floating shelf idea to create more than just “a shelf”. From ‘The Merry Thought’ via ‘Ana White‘, make this DIY floating shelf nightstand! This is perfect for a small bedroom. Genius!


A Burst of Beautiful‘ has the perfect solution for a small home with no home office space. Their DIY floating shelves and desk turned an unused corner of their kitchen into an place to do bills, run a business, or have the kids do homework.


Finally, we love, love, love this DIY floating nightstand with drawers from ‘Jen Woodhouse‘. She has complete plans for this project, and she shows you how to hang it!

We hope you loved our post on DIY Floating Shelves! We think you will also enjoy our posts on How to Hide The Ugly: Outdoor Eyesores and Tiny Bath Makeovers! Also check out Easy Shelf Decor Ideas over at TBD!



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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs: TheBudgetDecorator.com, OhMeOhMyBlog.com and TheGardenGlove.com.

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Justin
    May 28, 2020 / 4:41 am

    Arrghh I just love how stylish but simple floating shelves are, they look great! I absolutely love the natural wooden shelves in the first pic. I’m going to have to try some some.

  2. July 27, 2018 / 1:52 am

    Lovely and useful! I saved this page as a bookmark on my browser. Thank for sharing.

  3. May 21, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I love the modern, minimal look of the floating nightstand as well! And I wish I had windows deep enough to add some floating glass shelves. That looks so lovely!

  4. June 23, 2014 / 10:53 pm

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

  5. May 1, 2014 / 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.

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