Decorating Ideas

Quirky Shelving Design Ideas

Shelves not only provide a practical place to store items, but they’re also a great way to add character to your home. Whether you’re looking for shelving ideas for your living room, bedroom or dining room spaces, you’ll find the perfect solution with our quirky shelving ideas guide.  

Check out our favourite shelving design ideas to help make your house a home.  

The room divider

Clever Cube storage shelves are a great alternative to traditional room dividers. A perfect storage solution, they’re also ideal for adding privacy and separating open-plan areas. Styled and painted according to your taste, you can add a mix of house plants, ornaments, and books to the shelves. Alternatively, our cube fabric inserts fit perfectly into our Clever Cube storage units and will allow you to tidy away clutter so it’s out of sight.

The feature wall

Creating a feature wall with decorative shelving will provide a striking focal point in any room. With an assortment of hexagonal or cubic wall shelves, you can create a stunning custom wall design that’s well-deserving of a spot on your Instagram feed.  

Perfect for displaying a range of aesthetically pleasing house plants or artificial plants, add a personal touch with photos, ornaments and home accessories.

The cosy corner

If you’ve got a free corner of your home that’s looking bare and lacklustre, then ladder shelving is a great solution. Whichever corner you choose, ladder shelves offer a convenient and characterful way to display your best belongings. Exhibit your favourite ornaments in the hallway, showcase potted plants in the lounge, or house your book collection in the study.  

If you have a larger bathroom, ladder shelving can also be used to display your most-loved skin care and hair products. Consider adding a towel ladder for an effortless way to organise your towels. 

Top tip: Check out our bathroom storage ideas for more practical and aesthetic home inspiration here.

The floating shelf

Floating shelves are the most versatile storage solution and are the perfect shelving idea for small spaces. With concealed fixings for a modern and seamless feel, maximise your storage in style.  

Whether you want aesthetic open shelving in your kitchen or a place to exhibit hanging plants in your living room, floating shelves will complement any home décor.  

Top tip: Check out our guide on how to put up a shelf here

The bookcase

Looking for somewhere to display precious family photos or treasured books? Bookcases are the ideal shelving solution for your living room and office. Explore our range of simple, traditional and contemporary bookshelves to find your perfect match. 

They can also be a fun and practical addition to your kitchen, to display decorative plates, cookbooks and recipes or to store your glassware.  

Check out more ways to transform the heart of your home here.

The DIY shelf

If you’re not afraid of a little DIY, why not make a shelf yourself? If you have a chest of drawers that’s taking up too much space, or an old drawer set sitting in the garage – don’t throw it away! Repurpose the drawers and add mounting brackets to create hanging shelf storage. You can customise the drawers with a lick of paint to match the décor of your room and create your own quirky shelving idea 

Before attempting to hang any shelving, we recommend you read our DIY Safety Tips guide along with your power tool manuals to keep yourself and others safe and protected. You can read our How to Fix Items to Walls guide here.

And those are our quirky shelving ideas! If you try any of them out, be sure to tag us @Homebase_uk in your photos on social media.  



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