38 DIY Shelves: The Ultimate Guide on How to Build a Shelf

By: Eugenia Kang, Editor, DIYideaCenter
38 DIY Shelves

Learn how to make the perfect homemade shelves for any room!

Got way too much clutter and not enough space? Shelves are the best way to organize all of your stuff without taking up too much room. After all, what better way to get your dream shelves than to build them yourself? Lucky for you, we’ve compiled this collection of 38 DIY Shelves: The Ultimate Guide on How to Build a Shelf. Whether you want rustic wooden shelves or unique shelves that look as beautiful as art, you will find everything you need to know from this collection! Rather than splurging on store-bought shelves and installation, put on your carpenter cap and build these DIY shelves, instead.
Learning how to build a shelf doesn’t have to be stressful. For some of these DIY shelves, you don’t even need to pick up any power tools! If you want to find a project for a specific room, then no worries – we have DIY shelves ideas for every room, from the bathroom to the kitchen. There are even tutorials on how to build floating shelves, which are all the DIY home decor rage. The possibilities are endless when it comes to these homemade shelves ideas. Plus, you get automatic bragging rights after you finish building. 

DIY Bathroom Shelves

Modern Wood Towel Rack and Shelf

Sick of knocking over the bajillion things scattered on your bathroom sink? You can add some gorgeous decor and keep your bathroom effortlessly neat with any of these DIY shelves. Let’s be honest: usually the bathroom isn’t the neatest room in the house. Even if you just plop your toiletries on these shelves, your bathroom will still look clean and organized.

Want your bathroom to look expensive and elegant? These Luxurious DIY Marble Shelves will transform your bathroom for a fraction of the price of a renovation. Need something to hold your towel and your decor? This Modern Wood Towel Rack and Shelf does double duty and looks one-of-a-kind.

DIY Bedroom Shelves

DIY Plywood Shelf and Mirror

No matter how old you are, keeping your room clean can be a struggle. Easy, affordable, but sturdy, these homemade shelves are fantastic ways to make cleaning your bedroom a breeze. Rather than stuffing everything under your bed, keep your belongings organized on some shelves.

Plus, all of these shelves are impressive enough to double as decor for your bedroom. No matter how tiny your bedroom, you will be able to fit these shelves, easy. You can’t say that about most store-bought shelves! 

DIY Kitchen Storage Shelves

Genius Pantry DIY Storage Shelves

To make sure that you actually know where all of your ingredients are in the kitchen, build any of these DIY kitchen shelves. Shelves will help you take advantage of any wasted space in your kitchen without breaking bank. They are a great storage alternative if extra cabinets aren’t in your budget.

The best part about these DIY shelf ideas is that you can adjust the dimensions and design of your shelves to match your kitchen. There is even a tutorial on how to add customizable shelves inside your pantry! Now you can finally keep all your ingredients and kitchen tools organized without breaking a sweat. 

DIY Basement Shelves and DIY Laundry Room Shelves

Small Laundry Room Design

If you use your basement as a storage room, then you know how irritating it can be to attempt to organize all the random junk in your basement. Building DIY shelves will help you maintain your sanity and keep your basement clean. This Basement DIY Shelving can handle anything, from endless toys to old books.

Got a laundry room that looks more like a closet? Do you have a huge family and endless piles of clothes that make you dread doing laundry? Regardless of the reason that you need more organization in your laundry room, these homemade shelves will give you some peace of mind. These DIY organization ideas will help you keep track of all your laundry bins in order. 

DIY Floating Shelves Plans

Easy Modern Wood Slice DIY Shelf

If there’s any way to revamp your room with minimal effort, it would be building floating shelves. Floating shelves are definitely booming in the home decor world; and, with these home decor projects, you can build them yourself! No matter what kind of decoration style you prefer, you will find shelves that match your style – there are rustic, industrial, elegant, and even artistic shelves in this collection. Plus, these floating shelves will look fantastic in any room that you install them.

DIY Storage Shelves

Simply Chic Hanging Homemade Shelves

For some social media-worthy shelves, try any of these unique homemade shelf ideas. Remember those shelves you ooh and ahh-ed over while flipping through a fancy home decoration magazine? You will find similar (and way cheaper) DIY versions in this collection! These DIY shelf ideas will make you wonder, why get conventional shelves when you can build them in incredible shapes, instead? 

Which of these DIY shelves would you love to try?

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