Shelving types are perhaps the last thing on your mind when you’re thinking about your home. But, there are different types of shelves and each has a unique use and style.
Fixed Bracket Shelves
Fixed bracket or suspended shelves are a common type of shelf. These are shelves that have fixed brackets installed in a wall (or other surface) which holds the shelf in place.
In the photo is an example of a fixed bracket shelf. It’s 9.75 in. x 7.75 in. white elegant shelf bracket that supports up to 100 lbs. when mounted to wall studs – it’s available at The Home Depot.
Floating shelves may look like a fixed bracket shelf but there’s a noticeable difference. Can you spot it?
If you look at the above image and the featured image at the top of this article, you see that there is no bracket holding the shelves up.
The nails and screws that keep a floating shelf secure are hidden from view. Of course, there are special types of screws to achieve this but the overall style these types of shelves bring is unmatched.
Built-in shelves offer a lot of storage space without actually taking up too much space in your home.
Normally, you fit them in empty spaces or build them into corners of your house.
Some are made of different types of plywood, engineered wood, metal, etc. and are very easy to install. You just need to get the measurements for the space you want to place the shelf and you’re good to go.
Corner shelves come in many different styles and designs and they are great for, well, corners.
They aren’t nearly as big as built-in shelves so if you are low on space, then you can install a simple corner shelf instead.
The same Gold Wood Decorative Corner Shelf seen here with ornaments and toiletries. You can also get it at Wayfair.
These types of shelves are what you would see hanging from the ceiling, the bottom of a cabinet, or from a wall.
This is the Littleton Hanging 2 Piece Wall Shelf Set. The leather straps are handcrafted in Wyoming from new, heavy duty leather and vary from medium brown to dark brown. The boards are reclaimed wood milled from recycled Wyoming snow fence planks that are custom whitewashed. – This piece is available on Birch Lane.
Hanging shelves are stylish and provide a simple way to clear up a cluttered room while not taking up too much space.
You can install the shelves on top of each other, next to each other, or on separate walls. Since these shelves are made from naturally aged reclaimed wood, natural imperfections such as worn edges, scrapes, knot holes, and nail holes are likely to be present. But, the imperfections only add to the natural look! Birch Lane.
These types of shelves don’t need to be mounted or fixed to a wall. These shelves come pre-assembled or require minimal setup.
Pictured is the Mainstays No Tools Assembly 8-Cube Shelving Storage Unit. This white shelving unit comes in a selection of other colors and is easy to put together with no tools needed. – Walmart
Free-standing shelves are the most flexible in that you can move them around and fit them into other rooms or spaces around your home.
I think of these as cabinets. Call them what you want but pull out shelves are another option if you are low on space.
Medium Wood Base Cabinet Pull-Out Drawer – The Home Depot. It’s easy to install with only 4 screws and the charming wood dovetail design is an excellent addition to any cabinet.
You can install them inside of your closet, cabinet, cupboard, etc. Wait, aren’t these drawers?
You can turn your staircase into a series of shelves or you can get a shelf that looks like a staircase. Either way, both ideas work.
This Manhattan Comfort Cascavel Stair Cubbies Bookcase has six open cubbies that stack into a modern stair style. You can mount it to a wall (brackets included), or leave it freestanding on the floor. It’s made from engineered wood and you can get it in your choice of available finish. As seen on Hayneedle.