Shelving is a must. Really. Whether you need something for storage or you want to add a bit to your décor, shelves are the perfect solution.
We have a great collection of 40 shelves you can easily DIY. They are frugal, easy, and will add beauty to your home. We have a shelf for every room and every budget. Whether you need something in the bathroom to store beauty supplies or in the nursery for baby items, there is a shelf in here that is perfect for you.
Some hang on the walls and some sit on the floor but all of them are going to add the perfect touch of décor and function to your home.
Take a few minutes and browse our collection. Then take a couple of hours and build your own shelves. You’ll be proud to display your DIY shelves and you’ll love the extra storage that they give you.
These “invisible” shelves are great. Not only are they good conversation starters (people will think that your books are simply floating on air), they’re also cheap and easy to build. What makes these great is that they can be installed anywhere that you may need them. They take up very little space and will hold loads of books. They’re perfect for dens, kids’ rooms, or your home office. Just stack the books on them and people will honestly think that your books are attached to the wall. If you are looking for fun shelves that do their job and hold your books securely, these are perfect.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Diyncrafts
Simple Wood Bathroom Shelf
If you have a corner of the bathroom or a wall that’s empty, you can easily create more storage space with this simple wood shelf. You need a piece of plywood and a few smaller boards to create the actual shelves. The great thing about this one (aside from the fact that it’s cheap and easy to build) is you can just stand it up in the corner and move it whenever needed. You can attach it to the wall if you want but it looks great just standing there and it will hold loads of bathroom supplies like makeup and jars of things.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thehousethatlarsbuilt
$7 DIY Bookshelf
We love shelves that cost less than $10 to build. This one in particular will only cost you $7 and it’s very unique. You need a concrete form and some old shutters to build this one. If you have just replaced your shutters, you’re halfway there. If not, you can pick up old shutters at most flea markets or even yard sales. Just paint or stain the shutters the color that you want and then cut the concrete form to fit the width. Create as many shelves as you want with the form and then just put it all together.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Girlinair
Easy Floating Shelves
These floating shelves are really long so they’ll hold loads of things and you can build them for less than $20. You don’t see any hardware when they’re up which is great and they are really strong even though you can’t see what’s holding them up. You can make them from half a hollow door and a 2X4 so they’re really cheap and you can finish them in about an hour or so. Use them to hold books, pictures, or even dishes. They will beautifully support anything you want to put on them and because they “float”, they’re perfect for any room in the house.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Familyhandyman
Repurposed Pallet Shelving
Repurposed pallets may possibly be our favorite form of DIY. These great shelves are made from old pallets so they’re really inexpensive and they’re easy to put together. You literally just have to attach an old pallet to the wall. You can sand and stain or paint the pallet beforehand if you want it to look a certain way but you don’t have to. These are great in the kitchen or pantry for holding all sorts of things and because the pallet already has a “lip”, you can keep things on there without worries of them falling off. The shelf is literally built for you already. You just have to attach it to the wall.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Apartmenttherapy
Crate and Pipe Shelf
For less than $100, you can create a beautiful shelving unit from old pipes and wooden crates. You just have to plan out how you want the shelf to look and then assemble your crates, connecting them with plumbing pipes and flanges. You should screw the crates into studs to make them secure and you can paint them whatever color you want first, so that they match the rest of the décor in your room. This is such a great idea and one that looks good in any room. Plus, if you have a few plumbing supplies or the wooden crates on hand, you can get away for less than $100 for the entire unit.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Bhg
DIY Ladder Shelf
An old wooden ladder and a few boards leftover from a previous project give you everything you need to create a beautiful shelf for plants, books, or anything else. You will love how easy this one is to make. You literally just have to set up the ladder and add the boards across the rungs for holding things. You can paint or stain everything beforehand if you want or leave them natural for a great rustic look. We do suggest that you use a relatively small ladder if you don’t have a lot of room and you can pick up old ladders at flea markets and yard sales for pretty cheap.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Funkyjunkinteriors
DIY Modular Shelves
This beautiful modular shelving unit is made from wine boxes. Now don’t worry, even if you don’t tend to drink enough wine to create a modular unit, you can talk to local wine stores in your area. They may actually give you the wine crates when they’re finished with them. Then it’s just a matter of staining and stacking to get the look that you want. You can also do this with other types of wooden crates and get the same look. It’s an easy project that shouldn’t take you more than an afternoon to finish. Just choose the design that you want and start stacking those crates. You may also want to screw them into the wall for added security.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Alightdelight
You may not believe that an old pair of wooden crutches could be used to create a beautiful shelf, but they can. You just have to have a pair of crutches and some boards to create the shelves. If you don’t have the crutches, you can find them at flea markets and such and probably for less than $5 per pair, which makes this a unique and cheap shelving idea. You hinge the crutches together to create a sort of ladder look that is perfect for plants or anything else you want to put on it. This would be great on the porch or deck for holding potted plants.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Mamiejanes
Reclaimed Wood Honeycomb Shelves
So honeycomb shelves are very popular and really easy to build. You can build them from wood reclaimed from other furniture which also makes them very cheap. You simply have to cut your old boards into the right sizes and use wood glue to hold them together into a great honeycomb shape. The more colorful the wood, the better. We love the different colors on these and because they’re reclaimed, you can get these for nothing if you have some old furniture that isn’t of any use anymore. You can also make as many units as you need so if you only have room for one, that’s fine or you can add enough to cover an entire wall.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Arrowandapple