One of our favorite small space secrets — one of those little things that takes a space from good to great — is wall mounted shelving. It's definitely a bigger commitment than a bookcase, but the advantages are manifold. Wall mounted shelving takes up less visual space, less actual space (because there's no back, only the wall), and can be mounted over furniture and in the tiniest of tiny nooks. Here are some of our favorite sources for wall mounted shelving and shelving systems, in a huge range of prices that should work for pretty much anybody.
The Good Old Hardware Store
For the workspace in Jacqueline's West Village studio, she used standard uprights and brackets from the hardware store, along with shelves that she cut to fit and painted, to create this adjustable shelving system. You can find uprights and brackets at the Home Depot, or, if you don't mind your shelves not being adjustable, make use of these simple shelf brackets.
The IKEA Algot system, pictured above, is meant to be a closet system, but you can also configure it to store books. Lots of different lengths and depths of shelves mean there are plenty of options — you can even add an extra deep shelf to be used as a desk.
The IKEA Ekby system (seen here in an interior from Nordic Days) includes lots of options for shelves and brackets. The ones pictured above are the GÄLLÖ brackets, which combine with the shelves for a nice, minimal look.
You can also pair the Ekby shelves with a myriad of other brackets, including the Ekby Valter, as seen on The Design Chaser. Ekby shelves can even be installed on sloping walls with the Riset bracket.
The Rakks shelving system (which can be pole or wall mounted) is popular in university libraries for its minimal look and incredible versatility.
The Container Store's Elfa system (as seen in this room from Hemnet), provides a lot of options . The shelves also come in a huge variety of finishes, and you can purchase bookends that clip into the uprights to keep your books looking neat.
Now we're getting into the really fancy stuff. Vitsoe's 606 shelving system, designed by Dieter Rams in the 1960s, may set you back a bit — but it sure does look good. As with many of the other systems, you can also buy drawer, cabinet and desk components. (Image from Dwell.)
These modern shelves are another design classic (as seen in a Swedish home from The Style Files). String comes in a huge variety of colors and finishes, along with auxiliary components like cabinets, drawers, and shoe storage. You can build your custom String system at their website here.