Whether they’re used for storage or display, DIY shelves are easy to assemble and even easier on the pocket — plus they have way more character than purpose-built units or ready-made bookcases. Here, 5 creative shelving ideas that beautifully blend form and function are guaranteed to turn your walls into talking points…
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Ever-so striking yet ridiculously simple, leather belt straps do excellent double-duty as supports for simple wooden shelves. Sand and then varnish, stain or paint your shelves and, for a touch of subtle glamour, apply gold spray paint to the edges of each wooden board, masking off everything else with tape when spraying. Use drywall anchors to attach the straps to the wall, then slide the prepped boards through, adjust them to be level and step back to admire your handiwork.
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Retrofit an old stepladder with shelving planks to create a one-of-a-kind display for indoor pot plants or treasured trinkets. Use simple pine planks, cut to size, sanded and primed, for your shelves and secure them in place using nails or screws. Transform the ladder from handyman’s tool to homeowner’s showpiece by giving the whole lot a coat of eye-popping colour, then create your display according to a theme.
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Lost luggage never looked so good. Quirky vintage suitcases repurposed as retro shelves are just the thing for displaying souvenirs from one’s travels. Remove the fabric and accessories from inside each suitcase before cutting them using a circular saw or handsaw. Measure and cut pieces of wood to fit into the back inside of the cut suitcase and secure with screws. Attach your hardware to the back of the wooded plank for hanging or use a keyhole router bit to achieve a perfectly flush mount.
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Super durable and well constructed, wooden wine or fruit stacking crates are given a new lease of life when upcycled as box shelves. With the added bonus of extra storage, these rustic hold-alls are perfect for keeping home offices, kid’s rooms, pantries or garden sheds in ship shape. Fix them separately onto the wall for individual shelves or nail them together to make a single unit.
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Shelves bracketed with black iron plumber’s pipes will lend an industrial-chic edge to any contemporary interior. Give your pine shelving boards a suitably masculine look by treating them to a couple of coats of dark wood stain — do this at least 24 hours before you start your installation process. Use pipe clamps to fasten the boards to the pipes and attach the pipes to the wall with dry-wall anchors to ensure a secure connection. If your screws aren’t wide enough for the pipe flange holes, use a washer for each of the screws.
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See more of our 5-part DIY series, filled with wonderful ideas to update and upgrade your home décor:
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- 5 Genius DIY storage ideas
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