The Best Floating Shelves That Blend Into Any Aesthetic

The Gracie Oaks Joao 2-Piece Wood Floating Shelf is our top choice

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Floating shelves are a minimalist, versatile solution for everything from displaying plants and books to storing kitchen and bath items.

We researched dozens of floating shelves, evaluating them on sturdiness, ease of installation, and overall value. Our top choice is the Gracie Oaks Joao 2-Piece Wood Floating Shelf for its solid construction, variety of sizes and colors, and easy installation. 

Here are the best floating shelves.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Gracie Oaks Joao 2 Piece Poplar Solid Wood Floating Shelf (Set of 2)

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Floating Shelves

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What we like
  • Available in multiple finishes

  • Available in multiple sizes

  • Includes mounting hardware

  • Includes two shelves

What we don't like
  • Color can vary slightly from pictures

What do buyers say? 1,400+ Wayfair reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

Gracie Oaks' solid wood floating shelves are our favorite pick overall, thanks to their quality construction, minimal profile, and the number of finishes available. Like most floating shelves, they’re really easy to install—the set includes mounting hardware you'll need, including drywall anchors.

The shelves are offered in three finishes—natural, white washed, and coffee bean—each of which would work in a farmhouse, bohemian, and minimal home. Be warned that some customers reported that the color differs a bit from the picture. Still, the wood finishes seamlessly transition from rustic to modern decor, depending on your taste.

They’re sold in sets of two, giving you lots of extra storage or display space over your desk, in your living room, or in the bathroom. Customers confirm they are easy to install and feel sturdy, so displaying anything from books to plants is a breeze.

Material: Solid wood | Weight Capacity: 14-15 pounds | Lips: None

Best Budget: BAMEOS Floating Wall Shelf (Set of 2)

BAMEOS Floating Wall Shelf (Set of 2)
What we like
  • Available in multiple finishes

  • Easy to install

  • Minimal design

  • Short estimated installation time

What we don't like
  • Made of lightweight material

If you're looking to spruce up your space on a budget, the BAMEOS Floating Shelf Set is a great option. The wallet-friendly find has a minimal design and offers about two feet (each) of extra storage space for smaller items like succulents, vases, or books.

The shelves are made of a lightweight composite material, so they're not exactly ideal for heavy items like books. However, if you’re looking for a set of floating shelves to help you display some decorative objects, these may be your best bet. The set is offered in four finishes, so you're sure to find one that fits your home aesthetic. Plus, they can be installed in as little as 15 minutes for a seriously quick decor upgrade.

Material: Fiberboard | Weight Capacity: 22 pounds | Lips: None

Best Invisible: Umbra Conceal Bookshelf

Umbra Conceal Bookshelf
What we like
  • Includes three shelves

  • Minimal design

  • Durable material

  • Includes installation hardware

What we don't like
  • Doesn't have lips

Let your books become shelves themselves with Umbra’s clever Conceal Shelves. After installing a simple piece of hardware, all you have to do is slip a hardcover book onto it. From there, the shelf's lip will hold the cover in place and you can stack a few more books or accessories on top, giving the illusion of a true floating shelf.

The set includes three metal shelves, each of which is the same size. Each individual shelf in the set can hold up to 20 pounds, so it's best for cookbooks, extra coffee table books, or heavier accents, like candles and plants. The set makes for an eye-catching display when hung together, but they're also ideal for creating extra storage and decor in different spaces around your home.

Material: Metal | Weight Capacity: 15-20 pounds | Lips: Yes

Best Wood: Three Posts Baby & Kids Rutter Solid Wood Alder Floating Shelf

Three Posts Baby & Kids Rutter Solid Wood Alder Floating Shelf
What we like
  • Chip-resistant

  • Includes three shelves

  • Includes mounting hardware

What we don't like
  • Available in one finish

This shelf set is designed to help keep kids’ toys, books, and accessories tidy, but if you're also looking to organize your own library or office, they're certainly worth considering. The set of three shelves are made of solid wood with a dark stain that'll elevate any space in your home.

At 28 inches wide and 4 inches deep, each shelf can hold 25 pounds, so they're a great spot for books and other accessories. The chip-resistant shelves make a statement when displayed together but make for a nice addition to a wall when hung solo as well.

Material: Solid wood | Weight Capacity: 25 pounds | Lips: Yes

Best Set: Ebern Designs River Ridge 6 Shelves Wall Shelf Set

Floating Shelves

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What we like
  • Available in multiple finishes

  • Durable material

  • Includes six shelves

What we don't like
  • Expensive

  • Available in one size

Whether your home office needs additional storage or your living room needs a spot for your favorite photos, a set of floating shelves will always come in handy. Take this Ebern Designs River Ridge Wall Shelf Set, for example, which includes six identical floating shelves that can work in any space of your home.

Made of durable metal, each shelf features a u-shaped design that can hold 20 pounds worth of books, photos, candles, and other home accents. The shelves arrive assembled as well, and include all the necessary installation tools so setting them up will be a breeze.

Material: Metal | Weight Capacity: 20 | Lips: Yes

Best Corner: Home Decorators Collection 12-in. Floating Shelf

Home Decorators Collection 12-in. Floating Shelf
What we like
  • High weight capacity

  • Includes mounting hardware

What we don't like
  • Available in one color

  • Available in one size

If you think corners are a lost cause, think again. Thanks to this Home Decorators Collection Corner Shelf, you can transform an unused space into additional storage in any room.

Whether you use it to store spices in the kitchen or display a houseplant in your living room, this shelf makes it easy to make the most of a small space. It's available in white, so it'll match just about any decor style, but you can also paint it to complement your existing decor.

Material: Composite | Weight Capacity: 30 pounds | Lips: None

Best Picture Ledge: Shelfology Fat Lippie Picture Ledge

Shelfology Fat Lippie Picture Ledge
What we like
  • High weight capacity

  • Durable construction

  • Available in multiple sizes

  • Available in multiple colors

  • Designed with lips

What we don't like
  • Expensive

  • Long shipping time

Shelfology is a site that—you guessed it—specializes in all types of shelving. And if you're looking for a customizable option, their Fat Lippe Picture Ledge is the way to go. From custom widths and rail depths to a choice of 30 colors, you're sure to find the perfect fit for your home.

Each picture ledge is custom-made from extra-sturdy powder-coated steel, so they're durable and designed to last. Since these are bespoke shelves, orders take up to two weeks to ship, but it’s worth the wait if you’re looking for the perfect picture ledge to display a great work of art.

Material: 10 gauge steel | Weight Capacity: 36 pounds per foot | Lips: Yes

Best Kitchen: Yamazaki Home Magnet Spice Rack

Yamazaki Home Magnet Spice Rack
What we like
  • Durable construction

What we don't like
  • Low weight capacity

  • Can only be used on magnetic surfaces

Yamazaki Home makes lots of clever organization and storage items, but their ingenious magnetic spice rack is certainly a stand-out. The shelf instantly gives you a convenient extra kitchen shelf for spices, condiments, or even kitchen tools, so you'll never have to scramble in the kitchen while you cook.

Its strong magnet supports up to three and a half pounds without slipping, which is plenty for storing spices and seasonings. Two or three of these would be enough to store an entire spice collection, which could free up a whole shelf in your cabinet or pantry.

Material: Steel | Weight Capacity: 3.3 pounds | Lips: Yes

Best Bathroom: Ebern Designs Akeeyla Wall Shelf

Ebern Designs Akeeyla Wall Shelf

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What we like
  • Durable construction

  • Includes mounting hardware

What we don't like
  • Low weight capacity

Small bathrooms can benefit immensely from floating shelves, where toiletries and toothbrushes tend to take over. And if you're going to spruce up your space, metal shelves are best for bathrooms since they’re easy to wipe clean and won’t warp over time due to shower steam.

The Eberns Design Akeeyla Wall Shelf is a great option thanks to its clean design and metal and glass construction. It’s clean, simple, and durable, and while it would look great in any bathroom, this shelf also might come in handy for an office as well. The shelf, which comes with the necessary mounting hardware, has a low weight capacity, so it's ideal for makeup, perfume, and other lightweight items.

Material: Metal, glass | Weight Capacity: 10 pounds | Lips: Yes

Final Verdict

Overall, we recommend the Gracie Oaks Joao 2 Piece Poplar Solid Wood Floating Shelf because the set of two shelves is offered in multiple finishes and sizes, easy to install, and is made of durable wood. For a budget-friendly option, we recommend the BAMEOS Floating Shelf because it's easy to install and is offered in multiple colors.

What to Look for in a Floating Shelf

Material

As you’ve probably noticed, floating shelves are available in all sorts of materials, from compressed cardboard to solid steel. Choosing the right material mostly depends on where your shelf will be placed. Steel shelves are the best option for kitchens or bathrooms since they’re the easiest to clean and won’t warp, and they generally have a sleek profile. Wood shelves, especially those with a live edge, can basically be considered decor on their own since they’ll add a rustic touch wherever you put them.

Weight Capacity

Before you buy any floating shelf, decide what you’re going to put on it. Some of the more budget-friendly options we love aren’t able to hold heavier items, such as a stack of books. Also, keep in mind that some floating shelves should be installed directly into wall studs and will require a stud finder. For smaller shelves or those loaded with lightweight items, you can safely install them with drywall anchors.

Lips

Yes, lips. Floating picture ledges, kitchen shelves, and bathroom shelves should ideally have some kind of raised edge that prevents toiletries (or precious artwork) from tumbling to the ground. For artwork, a shelf with a lip is non-negotiable, whereas, for bathroom or kitchen shelves, you could go either way. It mostly depends on your style preference, but keep in mind that a raised lip or guardrail will help you keep spices or toiletries neatly in place day after day.

FAQ
  • How do you install floating shelves?

    Because they'll be holding potentially heavy decor — and are often heavy themselves — floating shelves often come equipped with installation hardware that includes drywall anchors. Simply follow the instructions that came with your floating shelves. Keep in mind for optimal sturdiness you should hang your floating shelf on a wall stud, which you can find with a stud finder. A leveler can help you ensure you're hanging it straight, too.

  • How do you decorate floating shelves?

    Floating shelves are a good way to make use of vertical space in any room, and depending on what type of shelf you buy, they can be versatile. You can decorate lighter-weight floating shelves with picture frames, vases, candles, small plants, and other small items you want to display. Heavy-duty floating shelves in kitchens, bedrooms, or living rooms can be used for storage, decorated with books, or decanting. Add in any decor of your choice to boost the room's aesthetic.

  • How high should you hang floating shelves?

    That's up to you. In general, aim to hang floating shelves as you would artwork, ideally 4-6 feet from the floor. If you are hanging a floating shelf above furniture, such as a desk, dresser, or couch, hang it 10-12 inches above the top.

  • How do you hang floating shelves without drilling?

    You can hang floating shelves without drilling by using self-adhesive mounting strips. First, obtain a shelf that is lightweight and hollow. It should weigh no more than 3 pounds. Then find durable, self-adhesive mounting strips. These will usually have one sticky side and a velcro-like material on the other.

    Now, clean the space on your wall where you want to hang the shelf and the mounting side of your shelf with isopropyl alcohol. Let the alcohol dry and then prepare your strips.

    To prepare your strips, press the velcro sides firmly together. Then remove the protective liner from one of the sticky sides and press that against the mounting area on your shelf for 30 seconds. Repeat this process with the rest of your strips, evenly spacing them out across the mounting area on your shelf. Now, remove the remaining protective liners and press the shelf into the wall for 30 seconds.

    Next, carefully separate the velcro pieces so the shelf is separate from the wall. There should be an adhesive strip on both the wall and shelf with the velcro side of the adhesive strip exposed. Push down on each strip separately for 30 seconds to ensure that they adhere completely. Then leave them separate for one hour and reconnect the shelf to the wall.

    Now, you can decorate your shelf with small, lightweight items.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Tim Minerd covers furniture, home decor, and lighting for MyDomaine and The Spruce. He enjoys organizing spices alphabetically, testing out towels, and long walks through IKEA, and is the proud father of 11 succulents. To make this list, he considered each pick's weight capacity, lips, and material. Additional reporting was done by Ashley Abramson, a writer who has worked as editor for local print and online publications. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Allure, InStyle, MyDomaine, and more.

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