The 5 Best Floating Shelves

Display your goods artfully with these pretty ledges

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"This clean-lined white...extra-wide ledge looks good alone or as a set of two or more if you’re trying to create a larger, bookshelf-style display."
"Just right for displaying objects or adding just a bit of storage in a dining area, living room or kitchen...Each shelf will hold up to 7.7 pounds."
Best Invisible Shelves:
Umbra Conceal Bookshelf at Walmart
"This book ledge conceals itself completely when you stack books on top of them, making the books appear to be floating along your wall."
"Add a rustic element to your kitchen, library or living room with this...deep shelf that is substantial enough for larger vases, mugs or bowls."
"Part shelf, part picture frame, this set of three cube shelves turns anything inside of them into featured artwork."

 

Best Picture Ledge Shelves: Wallniture Modern Design Display Ledge

Ready to create your own Pin-worthy gallery wall? This clean-lined white picture ledge is 46" x 2.3" x 3.7", with a lip in front to keep your framed artwork, books and collectibles upright. Use it to display a rotating collection of books or art in a living room, kids room, kitchen or dining space. The shelf is made of MDF wood and laminate and comes with the hardware and instructions to mount it. The extra-wide ledge looks good alone or as a set of two or more if you’re trying to create a larger, bookshelf-style display.

Best Corner Shelves: Shelving Solution Corner Wall Shelf Set

If you’ve got an unused corner in your home, this could be your fix! Available in black and white, and both a clean-lined and molding style, this small shelf is just right for displaying objects or adding just a bit of storage in a dining area, living room or kitchen. The set of shelves includes two 16.3" x 8.1" x 1.75" shelves that taper into a right angle. Each shelf will hold up to 7.7 pounds when mounted properly. Place two above each other, or one in each corner of the room for a symmetrical display.

Just a note before purchasing this set  — it does come with brackets and will only fit in corners that are 90 degree right angles so older homes might have an issue with this. 

Best Invisible Shelves: Umbra Conceal Bookshelf

Umbra Conceal Bookshelf

Wait — where’s the floating shelf? With a clever mechanism, this book ledge conceals itself completely when you stack books on top of them, making the books appear to be floating along your wall. The bookshelf is available in several configurations, including a small size, double-wide and vertical-mount version, and are available individually or as a set of three. The small shelf holds up to 15 pounds and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Pratt Institute as part of a program to help young design students, like the one who originally conceived of this shelf.

Best Rustic Shelves: West Elm Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelf

Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelf

Add a rustic element to your kitchen, library or living room with this streamline rustic wooden floating shelf that works well in farmhouse-style, industrial or even modern spaces. It’s available in three sizes: 2’  x 8”  x 2.9”, 3’ x 8” x 2.9”, and 4’  x 8”  x 3.5”, and has a weight capacity of up to 66 pounds for the smaller sizes and 100 pounds for the larger ones. The deep shelf is substantial enough for larger vases, mugs or bowls, in addition to artwork, and the largest width would work well above a mantel over a wide piece of furniture like a TV console table. The shelf is made from sustainably sourced, FSC-certified solid reclaimed pine with a wax finish.

Best Cube Shelves: MELANNCO Square Wood Shelf Set

Part shelf, part picture frame, this set of three cube shelves turns anything inside of them into featured artwork. Available in white, black or espresso (a dark wood tone), the shelves are made of MDF wood. The set includes three sizes, 9” x 9” x 3.5”, 7” x 7” x 3.5”, and 5” x 5”  x 3.5”, which will hold up to 12 pounds, 10 pounds and 8 pounds, respectively. The floating shelf set includes all the necessary mounting hardware and a level. Use them as a fun alternative to display collectibles, artwork and books in any room. Since the shelf space is small on these they are more decorative than utilitarian. 

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