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Shelving Buying Guide

Useful in storing books, picture frames, knickknacks, and more, shelves will complement a room's décor. Available in many styles, sizes, and types, freestanding or wall-hung shelves can be an ideal addition to your décor, from a kid's bedroom to a home office. We take a look at six common shelf styles and set-ups.

1. Bookcases

Available in many shapes and sizes, bookcases are the standard freestanding shelving system. Generally they feature shelves, but bookcases can also have cubbies, doors, and drawers for additional storage. Commonly, bookcases have a solid back panel.


2. Étagères

Resembling a bookshelf without a back panel, freestanding étagères have an open, airy feel to them. Larger étagères are ideal for displaying extra plates and table linens in a dining room or trinkets in a living room, while smaller versions work well in bathrooms, bedrooms, and offices.

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3. Freestanding Corner Shelves

Featuring a 90-degree angle that fits right into a corner, freestanding, space-saving corner shelves are great for small spaces and bathrooms.

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4. Standard Wall-Mounted Shelves

On standard wall-mounted shelves, the bracket that attaches to the wall and holds up the shelf is visible.

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5. Floating Wall-Mounted Shelves

Some wall-mounted shelves can appear is if they are floating on the wall. On these floating wall shelves, the brackets are hidden. Be cautious when placing heavy items on floating wall shelves as they may not be as stable as standard wall shelves.

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6. Wall-Mounted Corner Shelves

Much like free standing corner shelves, wall-mounted corner shelves feature a 90-degree angle that allows the shelf to fit into a corner.

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