These Stylish Floating Shelves Add Storage Without Taking Up a Ton of Space

updated Sep 22, 2021
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Shelving solutions can be kind of tricky. While the practicality is always there (I mean, who in the world couldn’t use a little extra storage space? I’d like to meet you… ), they’re not always the most aesthetically pleasing. Oftentimes, many shelf styles can come across as utilitarian or too bulky, swallowing up precious wall space and visually cluttering a room without upping the style quotient much. 

Not these babies, though. From glam to modern and every vibe in-between, these floating shelves bridge that tenuous gap seamlessly, marrying form with function for a decor addition that’s as practical as it is pretty. Shop some of our favorite floating shelf styles below and be prepared to fall in love with at least a few — don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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West Elm

Perhaps the most traditional of the bunch, these West Elm shelves are insanely versatile. Not only can you choose from four different wood finishes (including a rich dark walnut and sleek black) but you get your pick of a variety of lengths too, ranging from one to four feet.

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The Container Store

When a shelf is designed by the Organizational Queen herself (that’d be Marie Kondo), you know it’s going to be good. While this charming style is technically marketed for kiddos, there’s no rule that says it can’t work in an adults-only space, too. Made from durable bamboo and available in a variety of playful hues (including a sunny yellow and chic lilac), the style is perfect for displaying books, records, or art.

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These unique shelves from Overstock marry the best of rustic and industrial decor into one stylish design. Hang one in your bathroom to house your skincare MVPs or stack a few in your living room to display your favorite vintage pottery.

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OK — are these not the cutest little shelves you ever did see? Available in a variety of diameters ranging from four to eight inches, their unique shape makes them the ideal spot to place your favorite plants or create a “gallery wall” of coffee mugs you’ve collected from your travels.

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Crate & Barrel

Calling all lovers of shiny things: You literally cannot beat the dazzling sparkle this next pick will bring to your walls. Constructed from sturdy steel and topped with an electroplated finish for metallic appeal, this storage essential is a beautiful way to corral knickknacks or display treasures. Bonus: Each shelf can hold up to 50 pounds, so you don’t have to worry about what you choose to store atop them.

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Funk things up a bit with this zig-zag floating shelf, made from natural mango wood. You could leave the angled portion empty and allow it to stand out on its own, or use the unique shape to hold wine bottles or books (kinda genius, right?).

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Pottery Barn Kids

No matter what your favorite color is, you can rep it in your home thanks to these streamlined and saturated floating shelves from Pottery Barn Kids. Available in a bevy of beautiful shades, they’re 24 inches wide, providing you with plenty of space to organize and highlight your favorite pieces. Honestly, we kind of love the idea of a ROYGBIV rainbow of these taking up one whole wall.

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Urban Outfitters

Scallop details are trending in a big way this season, and if this charming shelf from Urban Outfitters is any indication, they aren’t going anywhere soon. Made from sturdy mango wood and available in two lengths (19 inches and 37 inches), they’re otherwise simple, save for the playful, shapely edge.

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West Elm

Modern decor lovers will swoon over these airy acrylic floating shelves from West Elm. Accented with just a kiss of color (pink, yellow, and blue are your options), they’ll quickly transform your living room gallery wall into a museum-worthy display.

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Ballard Designs

For a little something extra, look no further than these graceful gilded shelves. Featuring an elegant shape, glass surface, and gold-leaf frame, they’re a glam way to spotlight small pieces of art or candles. Choose from a small, medium, or large size, or splurge on all three for a darling, dynamic display.

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MoMA Design Store

With a playful Memphis-inspired design, this MoMA floating shelf is just begging for a moment in the spotlight. Hang it in a petite entryway for an easy (and stylish) way to keep chaos at bay.

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These slim CB2 shelves are basically an art display in and of themselves. Finished in beautiful antique bronze, the three pieces are meant to be arranged “interacting” with one another, resulting in a bespoke look that’s unique and functional.

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Call a small space home? These barely-there shelves from AllModern may be the perfect solution for you. Constructed from durable transparent methacrylate, they really lean into the floating aspect of floating shelves, displaying your pieces in a chic and airy way that won’t lead to additional visual clutter.