Versatile Bedroom Decor: Shelves Above the Bed

Versatile Bedroom Decor: Shelves Above the Bed

Adrienne Breaux
Nov 2, 2014
(Image credit: Nuevo Estilo)

There are a lot of things you can do with the empty space above your bed, but perhaps one of the most versatile things you can do is install a shelf. Whether you have a headboard or not, a straight shelf of any width will create a look of sturdiness and interest.

And no — if you live in a geographical location prone to earthquakes, a shelf above the bed is probably not the best idea unless you secure every object on the shelf first (which might put a thorn in the versatile, change-it-up kind of vibe we're implying this shelf idea can provide). You might also consider doing extra dusting if you fill your shelf up — objects on a shelf can accumulate dust and that won't be great being so close to your head while you sleep.

Pictured above: A simple floating shelf overhangs just on the sides of the bed and is filled with an interesting array of objects. Seen via Nuevo Estilo.

Flanked by wall-mounted task lighting, this shelf is low and creates a cozy feel over the bed. Spotted on Design*Sponge.

This shelf is cute and compact and is the perfect spot for a nice bright green plant. Seen on Design*Sponge.

(Image credit: Oakdale Onward )

This floating white shelf is a great contrast to the wall paint and a perfect place for an array of framed photos. Spotted via Oakdale Onward.

A sleek wood headboard and a minimal bedspread are the perfect complement to a similarly simple natural wood shelf with a minimal spread of objects. Seen on Miss Moss.

A white shelf floats nearly invisibly in this white and bright bedroom. We love that the shelf is crowded with tall framed art with a lot of white space. Seen on Miss Moss.

For an industrial themed feel in the bedroom, consider being inspired by the shelves in this bedroom. Spotted on Style Me Pretty.

A floating shelf doesn't have to be filled with fancy framed art; the sturdy straight line of a shelf adds sophistication to even a casual array of leaning art pieces. Seen on Breathe Happiness.

(Image credit: Via Door Sixteen)

Don't feel like you've got to fill the entire shelf up, either. Empty space says as much as objects, too. Seen on Door Sixteen.

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