Have you ever noticed how shelving options are kind of boring? It’s true that what is displayed on a shelf is considered more important than the shelf itself, but we believe a design looks best when both the items and the shelf are interesting. Certainly you can find some well designed and beautiful shelving options in the retail world, but if character is what you’re going for it might be best to take matters into your own hands. The most impressive shelving ideas we’ve seen to date are those that rely on something other than a shelf to act as a shelf.
For example, think about spice racks. You know, the old school wooden ones that were typically attached to a cabinet in the kitchen. Create something different by painting them to match a piece of furniture such as a dresser. Then, attach them to either side of the dresser and you now have adt’l shelf space. (This one works especially well in children’s rooms.)
Now that you have the idea, enjoy our list of suggestions for all sorts of items that can be transformed into very creative shelving. If you live in a small home with storage issues, you may want to try several of these!
Benches – Find backless benches intended for sitting. Use 2-3 and stack them on top of each other. They are now shelves! If you want the design to be especially imaginative looking, use benches of different lengths.
Magazine Holders – We’re referring to the ones that usually sit upright on your desk. They are a very cool option for shelving in small corners. Simply turn one sideways and attach it to the wall. Don’t use fewer than three of them, though, because they’re too small for just one to look right.
Wine Crates – Hang on the wall by screwing the bottom of the crate to the wall. The effect will be a 3D shelf that offers a lot of depth.