Floating shelves can be a great way to put your most prized and valuable goods on display while maintaining a clean and refined looking room. Floating shelves come in a wide variety of styles and some even boast special features such as cable management in order to hold electronics in a home entertainment system while maintaining a clean look and preventing cluttered cables. To help you keep your beautiful home looking tidy and organized we’ve compiled a list of five of the best floating shelves available and included some information below regarding what to look for when picking a floating shelf unit.
Best Floating Shelves of 2018
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|Ewei's HomeWares U Shelves (Editor's Choice)||Floating U shelves||3||Large: 17 x 4 x 4 in, Medium: 13 x 4 x 3.5 in, Small: 9 x 4 x 3 in||MDF, laminate||Walnut; Espresso; White||No information||3.79 pounds|
|Dakoda Love Shelves||Wood floating shelves||2||24 or 36 x 5.25 x 1.5 in||Pine Wood||Espresso; Autumn; Bourbon; Greige; Natural; Unfinished||No information||9.75 or 12.65 pounds|
|Wali Tempered Glass Shelf||Floating shelf for TV Accessories||1, 2 or 3||16.5 x 12.2 x 3.4 in, 16.5 x 11.9 x 4.3 in or 22.6 x 13.8 x 3.1 in||Tempered Glass||Black||17.6 pounds per shelf||4.9, 8.9 or 13.5 pounds|
|Ahdecor Ledge Wall Shelves||Floating shelves set||2 or 3||15.75 x 4 x 1.75 in (set of 2) or Large: 18 x 4 x 1.75 in, Medium: 12 x 4 x 1.75 in, Small: 6 x 4 x 1.75 (set of 3)||MDF||Black; Espresso; White||8 pounds per shelf||2.6 or 3.1 pounds|
|Artori Design Superhero Shelf||Floating bookshelf||1||5.1 x 4.7 x 6.3 in||Metal||Black||6.6 pounds||1.04 pounds|
1. Ewei’s HomeWares U Shelves – U-Shaped Design Keeps Books Upright and Prevents Things from Rolling Away
The first of the floating shelves on our list is the Ewei’s HomeWares floating U shelves. These floating shelves come in a set of three, each with a slightly different size, and boast a unique design that is intended to keep things on the shelf and prevent something like books or magazines from toppling over. At each end of the shelf is a vertical section giving these floating shelves a shallow u-shape. The shelves are made from medium density fiberboard with a laminate finish that comes in three different variations that are designed to give the look of real wood. The shelves are easy to mount and come with all the necessary screws and hardware. It only takes a few minutes and a hammer or screwdriver to set them up.
The largest of the three shelves comes in at 17 inches wide while the medium shelf is 13 inches, and the smallest shelf is only 9 inches across. All of the shelves have the same 4-inch depth and the vertical segments at each end range from 4 down to 3 inches tall. The vertical parts at each end of the shelf act as bookends to keep books or magazines upright and can help prevent other things on the shelf from rolling away or falling off. The shelves are available in a walnut finish that is a medium brown, a white finish that does not have any wood grain in it, or an espresso finish that is very dark brown and has an artificial wood grain look to it.
2. Dakoda Love Shelves – Beautiful Real Wood Shelves with Simple Design
For those looking for floating shelves made from real wood, the Dakoda Love shelf set is a great option. These pinewood shelves are constructed out of furniture grade materials and come with hidden brackets to ensure that they are completely flush with the wall they’re mounted on. They feature a simple design and come in a wide variety of colors to suit any decor or room. The beautiful pinewood is given a hand wiped stain and clear coat finish for durability and to show off the beautiful natural grain of the wood. Each of the floating shelves in this set of 2 is the same length and come in either 24-inch or 36-inch variants.
The colors available range from midnight and espresso which are very dark browns, to Autumn and bourbon, and even include greige and cloud colors for those who want a very light or white shelf. The included brackets are exceptionally sturdy and can hold about 30 pounds each. The company also plants a tree for every unit sold so these real wood shelves are eco-friendly and highly sustainable.
3. Wali Tempered Glass Shelf – Best for Electronics with Cable Management Built In
Next in our roundup are the Wali tempered glass floating shelves for TV accessories and electronics. This unique design features a single vertical wall plate on which the shelves are placed and can be adjusted up or down along the column. This wall plate is made from black plastic and the tempered glass is given a dark tint as well. Each glass shelf measures 15 inches by 11 inches and the 5 mm thick glass can support about 18 pounds per shelf.
These shelves come with tons of mounting hardware and require much more assembly than most of the other floating shelves on our list, but this is largely due to the fact that it will likely be holding valuable electronics that are very important not to drop. For this reason, the included mounting hardware and the shelves themselves are slightly over-designed to ensure your valuable electronics are safe. The wall plate in the back holding the shelves together features a channel for cable management to prevent the various wires and power cords from your DVD player, game consoles, or cable box from cluttering the wall behind it. These floating shelves are available in one, two, or three shelf configurations and come with an impressive 10-year warranty. Each shelf can be adjusted up or down individually in order to make sufficient room for any devices you need to place on the shelves.
4. Ahdecor Ledge Wall Shelves – Modern Convenience with Traditional Style
For those looking for a nice set of floating shelves that have a little bit more character and a traditional style than the simple shelves that are common on the market, these Ahdecor shelves are a great option. These shelves feature a tapered trim around the sides as well as a slightly raised lip around the edge of the shelf. The shelves are not made from real wood but are rather constructed of medium density fiberboard given a laminate finish that is available in three different colors. The available colors are white, espresso, and black and the shelves are available as either a two-piece set or a three-piece set with each shelf in the three-piece set coming in at a slightly different size.
Both of the shelves in the two-piece set are 15 and 3/4 inches long and 4 inches deep, while the three piece set has a large shelf that is 18 inches long, a medium shelf that is 12 inches long, and a small shelf that is only 6 inches long. These shelves come with very sturdy mounting hardware that is easy to install in any material or wall and each shelf can hold around 8 pounds.
5. Artori Design Superhero Shelf – Unique and Fun Design for the Superhero and Comicbook Lover
The final floating shelf on our list is the Artori Design superhero floating shelf. This shelf features a very cool and unique design that is great for anyone who loves comic books or superheroes. Once fully set up this shelf gives the illusion that a small superhero with a cape is holding a large stack of books above his head with a single hand. To create this illusion the shelf features a single piece of metal coming out from the wall and a single book is placed with the back cover on the bottom side of this metal and the pages of the book on top. Any number of additional books can then be stacked on top of this and a small magnet featuring the silhouette of a superhero can be attached to the bottom of the metal shelf through the cover of the book.
This design gives the cool illusion that the books are floating in the air above the superhero. The Shelf, as well as the magnet, are made from metal that has been painted black and this shelf makes a great gift or conversation starter for guests. The shelf can hold up to 8 pounds of books and is easy to install with two simple screws holding it to the wall. The drawback to this shelf is that it cannot really be used for anything other than a stack of books making it less than ideal for anyone trying to store and organize knick-knacks, collectibles, or anything that isn’t exclusively books.
Each of the floating shelves on our list were selected for a variety of reasons ranging from their style to their overall performance. Each of the floating shelves on our list excel in different aspects and determining which of the floating shelves on our list is best for your needs starts with looking at several factors. In this short buyer’s guide, we’ll go over the most important things to look for in a shelf and what could potentially make each of these shelves right for you. We’ll start by looking at what materials each shelf is made from and what benefits these have to offer, then move on to looking at the weight and storage capacity of each shelf, and finally, we’ll discuss an important note about mounting floating shelves and some precautions you should take.
The first thing to consider when picking floating shelves for your home is what material the shelves themselves are constructed of. The material has an obvious impact not only on the overall look of the floating shelves but also on their functionality. Many pieces of furniture nowadays are made from medium density fiberboard, or MDF. MDF is made by breaking down wood into wood fibers and then combining it with a resin binder to create a lightweight but dense form of engineered wood. Both the Ewei’s Homeware shelves and the Ahdecor shelves are made from this medium-density fiberboard and are then given a laminate finish over the top to either simulate the look of real wood or simply give it a solid colored finish. This laminate cover is smooth and often resistant to moisture which can make it a good choice for placing potted plants or other potential sources of water onto. Laminate is also very easy to clean thanks to its smooth finish. While lightweight, the laminate can have a tendency to peel off over time and the fiberboard can become weak and brittle where the screws are holding it to the wall. This makes shelves made from MDF less durable and less than ideal for holding heavier objects.
For those who prefer real wood, the Dakoda Love floating shelves are an excellent option as they are constructed from furniture grade pine wood. These beautiful handcrafted real wood shelves are then given a hand wiped stain and a clear coat finish to protect the wood. This clear coat is not quite as resilient against moisture as a laminate cover but is durable enough to stand up to many years of use. Real wood is substantially more durable than MDF and can support substantially more weight if properly installed into the wall. The Dakoda Love floating shelves boast an especially durable mounting bracket that is countersunk and hidden to ensure that the shelves truly give a floating appearance and are perfectly flush with the wall.
The Wali shelf for TV accessories is made from tempered glass shelves that are aligned on a metal and plastic wall plate. While the tempered glass is given a dark tint and has a very nice modern appeal to it, the glass and metal construction makes this the heaviest shelf on our list when nothing is even on it and makes it especially important to install the shelf unit properly and securely. The final shelf on our list, the Artori Design superhero floating bookshelf, is made entirely from a thin metal which lends it both durability and makes it easy to clean. The simple thin metal construction also makes this shelf lightweight and very easy to install.
The most important feature of any shelf is its ability to hold things, and depending on how much space do you need available on your floating shelves different models might be more or less appropriate. The first shelves on our list from Ewei’s HomeWares come as three individual shelf units that measure almost 40 inches in total length which offers ample space to arrange your valuables, but due to its fiberboard construction, it’s not intended to be used for anything heavier than a couple pounds. If you’re looking for floating shelf that you can place something heavier on, the Dakoda Love shelves offer a much better option as their real wood construction and sturdy bracket means each shelf can hold up to 30 pounds. These shelves come in sets of 2 and are available in either 24 or 36-inch lengths making them excellent and highly versatile for storing almost anything.
Next, the Wali glass shelving unit is impressively durable as well, able to hold around at 17 pounds per shelf and feature a spacious area on which to do so coming in at 15 inches by 11 inches. Depending on how much you need to hold the shelves are available in 1, 2, or 3 shelf versions. Much like the Ewei shelves we looked at, the Ahdecore floating shelves are made from medium density fiberboard which makes them less than ideal for holding heavier objects. Each shelf can hold around 8 pounds at most and the set is available in either a two-piece or three-piece version with the two-piece set offering a total of around 30 inches in length and the three-piece set having a combined length of around 36 inches. This relatively short length and low weight capacity makes these shelves ideal for displaying small and light nick-nacks as opposed to anything heavy.
The last shelf on our list, the Artori Design superhero floating bookshelf, has an 8-pound maximum capacity and is designed to hold books. If you plan to use your shelf for storing anything other than books this is not the shelf for you, but if you have books, magazines, or comics that you want to store while showing off your affinity for superheroes, then this shelf is a great option.
A Note on Mounting Hardware
The last thing we feel the need to discuss is the mounting used for the floating shelves. In some cases, the included hardware is insufficient, especially in the case of mounting the floating shelves to drywall, and the weight capacity of each shelf is dependent upon proper mounting. Even if hardware is included with a floating shelf it might be wise to purchase new mounting hardware if you plan to use the shelves for something heavy or valuable and want to make sure that they will not damage the drywall or fall out anytime soon. The listed maximum capacity for each of the shelves is entirely dependent upon proper mounting and it is, of course, very important to follow the instructions closely when installing the shelves to ensure nothing goes awry.
Floating shelves are a great way to add storage space to a room or to put your treasured valuables on display while retaining a refined and clean look. Floating shelves are less intrusive to the decor of a room than something like a bookcase, but offer all of the same benefits, and in some cases more. Whether you’re trying to organize a book collection, or want to have a sleek way to manage the cables of your home entertainment system, we have a floating shelf to meet your needs. We hope that the included buyer’s guide has provided you with the information you need to make the right choice, and we’re confident that no matter which of the hand-picked floating shelf units you purchase off our list you’ll be satisfied with your decision.