5 Unique Shelf Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet

5 Unique Shelf Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 12, 2015
(Image credit: The Merry Thought)

Do you like shelves? Putting things on shelves? Looking at shelves? They are an integral part of many people's homes, and can be found and used in any type of room. But if you're bored of the usual offerings or are looking for a new way to use this basic design tool, look to these five unique shelf ideas you might not have tried yet.

1. The suspended shelf

You might have plenty of shelves on your walls, but how many do you have hanging from your ceiling? The ceiling, if you're able to drill into it, could be a valuable piece of real estate for shelves and storage. From single hanging shelves that can pull double duty as side tables to rope shelves, don't neglect this as a shelf option in your home. The above shelf spotted on The Merry Thought.

2. The shadowbox shelf

The shadowbox is so much more dramatic than a regular shelf! Particularly if you use color or pattern to make your shadowboxes stand out even more. You can really highlight a favorite collection by using boxes on the wall as shelves this way. This idea spotted on Design Sponge via Brit + Co.

(Image credit: Submitted by Veronica )

3. The cool shape shelf

In Veronica's One-of-a-Kind Mandala Bookshelf, she took a bunch of small box shelves and hung them in a spectacular way to create one seriously uniquely shaped shelf composition. How could you translate this idea in your own home?

4. The cool cut shelf

These built-in shelves certainly make the cut when it comes to showcasing sharp angles that really create a big visual impact. If you're handy, build your own angled shelves, cut down shelves that are hung on a wall or even just use paint to create the look of an angle. This idea spotted on Design Milk.

(Image credit: Brit + Co)

5. The solo shelf

Why not make a real bold impact by adding a small shelf or shadowbox in a surprising spot all by itself? It'll act as an exclamation point of storage and could add a lot of interest in a space. This idea (and DIY!) seen on Brit + Co.

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