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Rustic wooden shelf ideas for your home

Shelves are the underestimated king of home décor and storage – they’re both functional and attractive, and in recent years have even taken on a personality (just search #shelfie on Instagram to see just how valuable they’ve become!).

Not only do they fit into a variety of spaces and room designs, they provide great storage for all kinds of items, and can really add something to a space.

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Different styles of shelving

There are loads of different types of rustic wooden shelving styles available, from ones with concealed brackets to heavy duty industrial brackets and steampunk piping.

But what shelf is best for you?

Rustic floating shelf with concealed brackets

A lot of people want to know, what is a floating shelf?

Essentially, they are just a shelf that is secured with internal fixings, so you can’t see any brackets. But it doesn’t mean they aren’t just as sturdy – depending on the shelf you can still put fairly heavy weights on them, as long as your walls are solid and it’s fixed on properly!

If you want a slick, clean look, they could be exactly what you’re after. You can get simple styles, rustic floating shelf ones, and we can also make bespoke floating shelf versions to suit your needs.

Industrial scaffolding shelf brackets

A popular design in many houses today, these industrial scaffold shelf brackets designs give a great mix of rustic and modern. It fits in with a lot of different room decors, and holds a lot of weight. Check out these for an idea of how they could look:

Steampunk industrial pipe shelves

Similarly, these scaffold board shelves give a more industrial look, and again can hold a lot of weight. The industrial steampunk piping gives a nice twist to standard shelves. This steampunk shelf range is something a little bit different.

Narrow wooden floating shelves

These narrow slim line floating shelves are ideal for using in small spaces. The narrow tops also work perfectly for fitting in kitchen alcoves and storing your spices and teabags.

Narrow Floating Shelf

Freestanding steampunk shelving units

There are many types of freestanding shelf unit, such as rustic shelf ladder styles, slim shelf unit designs, as well as our bespoke steampunk shelving unitswe do it all! If you need a custom shelf cut to size, or anything in between, get in touch. Our rustic wood shelf range range could be just what you need.

After something completely different? Then checkout our Industrial wooden cabinets with steampunk shelving units. The number of shelves and sizes fully customisable, or how about swapping out the wine rack for a cupboard. Get in touch for further details.

Shelf décor

Once you’ve picked the shelf style you want, you then need to decide how you want to style it. There are so many options, and it does depend what your room needs. Why not check out some Pinterest and Instagram ideas? We’ve also got some great ones that you could try to get your décor wall shelf looking just right!

You could try adding some lights to create ambience, with a floating shelf with lighting. You can find some great lamps that fit most room styles, and sit neatly on shelves. Or how about creating a shelf with led lights which can link up to your Google home assistant – to create a fun and interactive look.

Plants are another great addition to your shelf designs – some styles are great for a plant shelf, or you can mix it up to have plants alongside books or other items.

Maybe you like having a shelf for photo frames, you can always mix and match the frame sizes and designs to get a quirky look to your shelf styling.

And of course, one of the most popular uses is to display your books. A bookshelf for walls is a sturdy and timeless piece for your home, and is both stylish and practical. Why not play around with organising your books by colour for an aesthetically pleasing shelf, or maybe you prefer to have a nice mix of colours and sizes! However you organise it, shelves of books add a homely feel to any home.

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What are rustic wooden shelves?

Rustic wooden shelves are decorative and functional storage units made from reclaimed wood with a distressed or weathered appearance. They are designed to give a vintage, countryside charm to any space while providing storage and display options.

How do I install a rustic wooden shelf?

Installing a rustic wooden shelf typically involves a few steps. First, you’ll need to determine the desired location and mark the position for the shelf. Then, using appropriate tools, such as a drill and screws, you can attach the shelf to the wall. Full instructions on how to install all the different types of our shelves are provided.

What are the benefits of rustic wooden shelves?

Rustic wooden shelves offer several benefits. Firstly, they add a touch of natural beauty and warmth to any room, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. They also provide practical storage space for displaying and organizing items such as books, plants, or decorative pieces. Additionally, rustic wooden shelves are versatile and can complement various interior design styles, including farmhouse, cottage, or even modern industrial.

How do I maintain rustic wooden shelves?

To maintain rustic wooden shelves, it’s essential to keep them clean and free from dust. Regularly dusting the shelves with a soft cloth or using a gentle cleaning solution suitable for wood can help maintain their appearance. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that could damage the wood’s surface.

Final Thoughts

There are many ways in which you can add some creative extra storage space to your home with a rustic wooden shelf. From floating shelves with concealed brackets to chunky industrial style and steampunk pipes, there are endless possibilities for what you can do with reclaimed wood shelving. We hope this list of our range of wooden shelf ideas gave you some ideas of your own to transform your home!

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