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Best Ideas for Setting Up Floating Shelves


Floating shelves come in many shapes and sizes. There are so many different things you can do with these things. They work in every single room and there are hundreds of different designs for each!

It can sometimes be difficult to settle on one specific floating shelf idea for your home. That being said, don’t feel that you have to limit yourself!

We’ve put together a list of ten of the best ideas for setting up floating shelves. These ideas don’t come with highly specific designs, but rather give you ideas for locations that you could spruce up with one quite easily.

Feel free to take a look at the options and even change some of them to suit your needs. Enjoy!

1 – Above Your TV

Putting some floating shelves above your TV is a huge space-saver. You can put a couple of floating shelves directly above each other or separate them into four in a 2×2 position on either side.

Obviously, this is an ideal space to place your various DVDs, video games, and such. (Assuming you still use such things, of course) Other than that, you can always place some interesting trophies, house plants, or something up there.

The options are endless!

2 – Kitchen Dish Display

Do you own a set of dishes that you rarely use but want to show off anyway? Well, a kitchen dish display could be perfect for you!

If you have a wall space somewhere between your overhead cupboards, this would be an ideal place to set up a floating shelf or shelves.

You can display your fancy dishes with some supports glued onto the shelf to avoid risking them falling as well. That way, you can still easily take them down to use if you ever feel the need to do so!

3 – Floating Bookshelf (Bedroom or Living Room)

What could be better than a five-shelf bookcase? Why, five floating shelves designed for books, of course!

You can set up the floating shelves to be exactly in line or push them out in a symmetrical fashion to make it more interesting.

Obviously, you need to ensure that these shelves are quite well secured as books tend to be quite heavy when you put them all together.

4 – Laundry Room Fancy Storage

Let’s face it; we all have tons of weird chemicals and bottles that we keep in our laundry room for various occasions.

Typically, you keep all of these in an enclosed overhead shelf or a typical cupboard next to the washing machine.

Why not keep them all out where you can see them instead? With a well-placed floating shelf or two, you can easily place all of those bottles with their purpose facing forward to make the room look more interesting and to make it easier to find that pesky chemical that you need quickly!

This would also help you keep those chemicals out of children’s reach, should you have any.

5 – Organized Wall-Bookshelf

Do you have one wall in your living room that is almost completely empty? Have you ever thought how cool it would look with between 6-12 floating shelves spread out over it?

If you did so, you could even label each shelf in such a way as to locate a genre of books easily. It would be just like having your own living room library!

6 – Bedroom Spritzer-Upper

Now, you may have trouble keeping things from getting messy in your bedroom or perhaps your children’s bedroom. Either way, a floating shelf does wonders for increasing the amount of storage space you have.

Let’s face it. We’re all fond of collecting ‘stuff’ that ends up in our bedrooms. You may as well slap a couple of floating shelves in there to make your room look less cluttered, right?

7 – Bathroom Wall

Floating shelves in the bathroom are absolutely brilliant. One great idea is to place one next to your toilet and use it solely for toilet paper! (We all forget to pop a new one on sometimes, am I right?)

Another option is to set up a couple of floating shelves next to the bathroom sink. This allows you to get all the clutter of stuff off your sink top, making the bathroom seem much more organized.

8 – Back Hallway Wall

Do you have a hallway with a blank wall at the end of it? Walking down a hallway toward a boring, blank wall is no fun at all.

The typical option to fix that is to pop an ordinary shelf over there with some stuff on it. However, don’t you think a couple of interesting floating shelves would do the trick much better?

You could put almost anything on it. Maybe you have a collection hobby that you could display there? Or you could even place some motivational signs or something on it. The choice is yours!

9 – Did Someone Ask for the Library Room?

Have you ever looked at two bare walls in your living room, dining room, or bedroom and thought, ‘I could build a library there.’? Well, now you have!

The awesome thing about floating shelves is that they can be placed in such a way as to match another one at a 45-degree angle.

A cool idea for this would be to set up several floating shelves on either side of the wall as high up as you like! When you’re done with those, install a ladder so that you can climb up and reach these high shelves.

This is an awesome idea if you have a high ceiling in your living room and felt like using the upper portions of the wall a bit more.

10 – The Aesthetically-Pleasing Tower of Floating Shelves!

Finally, should you have a completely bare wall in the living room, you can set up shelves from the base of it all the way to the top.

Essentially, you end up with an ordinary shelf, except that each surface is hanging instead of being stuck together. You can arrange the shelves in whatever way you like to make the wall look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. For instance, if you love plants, you can call the floating shelf your plant shelf.

These are just a few cool ideas from iirntree.com that you could use for choosing your floating shelf idea. Do you feel inspired yet? I sure hope so!

Nate Berkus
Nate Berkus, a distinguished interior designer with a Bachelor’s in Design and Environmental Analysis, has been transforming spaces with his unique aesthetics for over two decades. His professional journey includes working with top design firms before venturing into freelance design consulting. His expertise was cultivated through years of working on high-end residential and commercial projects. He joined our editorial team and offers readers a blend of contemporary style and practical decorating solutions. He is also an ardent traveler, drawing inspiration from different cultures to enrich his design philosophy.

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