21 amazing shelf & rack ideas for your home


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Plenty of storage is a bonus, especially in contemporary homes with limited dimensions. Of late, interior designers have been experimenting with living spaces to offer added storage. In a house there are always unused spaces like vertical wall space, below the sink, underneath the kitchen bar, on/ under conventional furniture, the corners of the room or on that little terrace which looks lonely with only chairs. In all these spaces, your carpenter can easily build shelves or racks that you can conveniently use for storage, display/ decor, or simply to maintain an organized neatness by stashing away your accessories. Be it your bedroom, home-office, dressing room or bathroom, a little bit of your creativity & your carpenter’s help can transform the disused space into one loaded with practical poise and also add to the overall visual appeal.

In this homify article, we offer you 21 wonderful examples wherein the incorporation of shelves has injected functional flair to the room. These examples will definitely have you hurrying to the carpenter to copy them for your snug spaces. Take a peek!

1. A mix of open & closed cubbies under the stairs—trendy and absolutely useful!

2. Drawers underneath the countertop, open racks above the sink and at the back of the kitchen table—ample convenience guaranteed.

3. Employing wicker baskets in place of drawers will impart modishness with a homey touch.

 Living room by The Cotswold Company
The Cotswold Company

Farmhouse Ivory 9 Drawer Chest

The Cotswold Company

4. These vertical, open bookcases make for a comfortable arrangement in your sanctum of relaxation.

 Living room by Rachele Biancalani Studio
Rachele Biancalani Studio

Master bedroom—camera da Letto Padronale

Rachele Biancalani Studio

5. Narrow worked trunks as support for the open display racks add a soothing touch of nature.

 Living room by CORO furniture
CORO furniture

Bibliothèque en bois flotté sur mesure

CORO furniture

6. Yellow paneled wall cubbies lend a striking contrast with the dark colored wall alongside lighting up the space.

7. How about this designer meander for an interesting & utilitarian wall detail?

8. Adding a small wooden staircase with Bonsai planters housing ornamental greens, near the window, injects oodles of freshness into the dressing room.

 Bedroom by 3Deko

Vestidor en 3D


9. Illuminated open shelving is by itself a graceful style statement.

10. Floating cupboards with underlighting, at an appropriate height right above your work-desk/ dressing table, provide a smart solution for storage AND lighting.

 Bedroom by URBN

Area de trabajo


11. Bored of straight shelves? Try this original idea of a fun, cross-shaped bookshelf!

​12. Leaving a hole in the lower rack of an open rectangular wall cubby, you can fit in a narrow, thick-walled glass vase with some fresh flowers.

13. What do you think about this formal set of shelves in varnished wood, installed close to the floor?

 Living room by 江建築設計事務所

大屋根の家 TVカウンター


14. A clever use of corners is by incorporating staggered shelving, from the smallest to the largest—a nice way to add decorative elements.

 Living room by Volker Rueß

15. Wall-embedded open racks without apparent support present yet another elegant way to enhance tidy convenience at home.

 Living room by Something Wood
Something Wood

Chunky Oak Floating Shelves

Something Wood

16. Low height, shallow-depth vertical shelving is a smashing idea for an organized, small shoe cabinet in the mudroom or the walk-in closet.

 Dressing room by Tim Wood Limited
Tim Wood Limited

Walk in Closet with storage for Shoes and Handbags designed and made by Tim Wood

Tim Wood Limited

17. An existing chest of drawers can be converted into a cupboard by adding some shelves/ racks to it.

18. One of the walls of the washroom can be utilized to add a couple of ledges of natural wood.

19.Space underneath the sink/ washbasin counter is a great option for additional shelving, more so in small bathrooms.

20. An otherwise unusable space can always be customized into a set of shelves, as this vertical set of narrow shelves next to the shower.

21. Recycled wood can be used to make box containers for a wall-mounted herb garden next to the kitchen or for terrace decoration with some creepers.

 Garden by Luiza Soares - Paisagismo
Luiza Soares—Paisagismo

MÃO NA TERRA, Belo Horizonte, 2015

Luiza Soares - Paisagismo
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